Persona 4: Arena Reaches Europe On May 10th

By Ishaan . March 18, 2013 . 8:30am

Persona 4: Arena has an official release date in Europe. The game will be available on May 10th, Zen United have revealed on the Persona Europe Facebook page. A pre-order bonus pack for the game will come with the game’s original soundtrack.


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  • MrRobbyM

    Wait. The game hasn’t been released in Europe already? Wat? What’s the hold up, Atlus?

    • Jisgsaw

      Apparently, Atlus doesn’t care much for Europe, a vast majority of their games comes with such delays (if they ever come).

      • “If they ever come”
        Does Etrian Odyssey qualify? I believe Atlus was involved and they ignored 2 and 3 for European fans like myself… At least we now get EO4 albeit much later than our friends in America.


    • Welcome to 22 years ago. This hasn’t changed since the NES.

      • SirRichard

        NISA don’t have a European office either, but that doesn’t stop them from lining up release dates as best they can, does it? There’s plenty of companies willing to distribute their games, they just won’t bother with it.

        • Jisgsaw

          I think thclaw’s comment was going in the same direction: Atlus really should wake up and stop ignoring PAL regions.

  • Prinnydoom

    Finally. Pre-ordered this months ago happy days.

  • phangtom

    Already have the game pre-ordered. I really want to show Atlus that their games do sell here and that they should help get their games to be released on time in the EU.

  • ワン スャレ

    yay (monotone)

  • Jisgsaw

    Well, as expected, the “special bonus” is kinda meh considering the wait (but hey, they apparently still have some announcements, W&S).

    Hope this won’t be delayed again. And I’m conflicted about expectations on the sales: on one hand, (relatively) strong sales could maybe let Atlus know that the wolrd isn’t limited to Japan and North America. On the other hand, the way the delay was handeled only calls for ridiculous sales…

    • Whoomp

      Extra meh since it’s probably the same disc that came with american (and probably even japanese) pre-orders so it’s really not special at all.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    I’m happy that EU is finally getting P4A, but the hype went pretty far down because of obvious reasons.

  • XiaomuArisu

    So how about EU gets free dlc as an apology?

  • Go2hell66

    thought they would have given us a little bit more incentive to pick up the game after having to wait all this time but i guess i was expecting too much from Zen

    either way i’m just glad we finally all get to play this

  • Luis Camargo

    I’m actually glad that people in Europe can enjoy this great game. But I truly wished they would enjoy it with another situation.

    The game is great and it deserves your support. But the localization took too long and the fact this is the only PS3 game with region lock makes things even worse.

    So if people buy a lot of the game, Atlus may realize they have an European market, but they can also understand that people will take any localization over no localization at all. In other case, if it doesn’t sell well, Atlus may completely ignore the European fan-base.

    I hope that they realize they have EUR fans and stops screwing them around. Srly, this long for a localization with the same content as the US version isn’t acceptable.

  • jeb

    I’m in no way going to support this, closest thing to getting this maybe if I find it used.
    I know people will say, but if you don’t support this, Atlus may ignore Europe, well I say forget em.
    They flipped the bird with the region lock and supporting this only says that it was okay, if they keep this up then it may be better off they ignore us, they will help me avoid purchasing their products that way.

    • “I know people will say, but if you don’t support this, Atlus may ignore Europe, well I say fuck em.”

      You know Atlus been ignoring Europe for a reallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time.

      • Yeah, not like anything would change. :/

      • jeb

        I’ve kinda been using imports so I was avoiding that feeling till now.
        But their Europe sales deserve to tank if this is how they do things.

        • what do you mean by “deserve to tank”?

          • Guest

            i think he means importing, as customers who do this damage the european sales and makes uk localisation much less profitable.

          • ok.

    • Armane

      I agree, but you’re only really hurting Zen avoiding it. Hopefully they announce something substantial (free DLC/budget price).

      • jeb

        A bad job is a bad job, if it takes them this long to get things done then they shouldn’t expect me to fork over my money.

        • ワン スャレ

          D-don’t talk bad about Zen! They are really good people!
          …They are really good at printing t-shirts and posting cosplay pictures on facebook.

        • Dude, feel what you want about the situation, but good god, keep a lid on that potty mouth.

          • jeb

            Fine, I’ll try to edit my comments.

  • Freud_Hater

    Jesus, ’bout damn time Oo We’ve had the game for freakin’ months, by now! I’m really sorry for you European folks :/

  • MrJechgo

    Wow… some much hatred for so little…

    Atlus used region-locking to ensure that Japanese gamers wouldn’t import the North American version which had a cheaper price back then. It was to ensure that the Japanese market would get its share.

    You guys should just shut up and buy the game. Period. If you’re still following when it’s gonna be released, then surely you still have plans to buy the game at launch.

    What’s this? The game just got worse because it’s late? That’s odd, because the mecanics still work great, the roster is still very balanced, the game still offers a bunch of modes to learn the game and the story is still nice.

    Your hype has died you said? For what other game? BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma? The console version isn’t announced yet and you guys might still be waiting for it months after the NA release. If it’s not BB, then what is the other game?

    Geez, get over it and just buy the game already.

    • Jisgsaw

      “Atlus used region-locking to ensure that Japanese gamers wouldn’t import the North American version which had a cheaper price back then.”

      True. Why region lock the japanese version then, so people around the wolrd could buy this one (which is the most expensive, so the more money for Atlus/Index) ?

      “You guys should just shut up and buy the game. Period.”

      Yeah sure, I would love to see you in our situation, waiting forever for games that interest us, when the EXACT SAME VERSION that we will get is out for eight month in the rest of the world…

      And finally, as I stated, the delay was managed terribly. We STILL don’t know WHY the game took so long to come out.

      • Armane

        I thought Zen said that basically Atlus were giving them the run around. Maybe I imagined it, or it was one of Atlus’s other games that happened on.

        • Jisgsaw

          Zen stated there were “developpement issues”, ie. they didn’t have european build to submit to sony/M$ europe.
          But absolutely no information on what these issues are (my question to them on FB about this was actually even deleted).
          And no way asking AtlusUSA on the forums, as they are region locked also…

        • SirRichard

          No-one but them and Atlus will know, but that’s what can be assumed. No PAL build was made at the time of the Japanese and NA ones back in August, and Zen have likely been fighting to have it made since then, which is difficult because Arc System and Atlus would want to give priority to their own games, not one that’s just come out in the regions they care about.

      • MrJechgo

        Two words for you: Operation Rainfall.
        These 3 games for us North American gamers are the same as P4A for you European gamers.

        • Jisgsaw

          Yeah, I know. That’s three games, and see how upset NA gamers (in general) became.
          Now imagine it’s the same for EVERY SINGLE GAME that comes from Atlus. That’s what we poor PAL players get.

          • MrJechgo

            In that case, why this game gets you more frustrated then the other games? What did P4A get you so worked up compared to the other games that PAL players have gotten way later?
            Ok, you don’t like how it was handled and would like to know more about it… but why this particular game?

          • Two words, Zen United. Do we really need to go in-depth?

          • Jisgsaw


            a) we’re not in the 90′ anymore. Such delays are only a constant for Atlus (edited my last message, should have said Atlus and not Japan from the beginning). I mean even Gust manages to get SIMULTANEOUS NA and PAL releases for ten years now.

            b) Arena is the first and only real region locked game on the PS3.
            IF you make the move to be the first one to release such a game, you should better be sure it is avaiable fast everywhere. Which they didn’t, they only finished the European 360 build last week, SEVEN MONTH after the release of the game.
            c) The communication around the report was bad, really bad.

            EDIT: but yeah, what annoys me the most is that there is absolutely no statement on what exactly these “developpement issues” are. My questions about this were deleted on their FB page… (edit again, it came back up again, but no answer)

          • For all we know they might have already had the build for both consoles since the beginning of all this. All of this excuse of development issue could be one big lie. I’m not saying it’s true but it could be a possible factor in all this. Why do you think they deleted your comment on facebook? maybe because they didn’t have an issue to start off with?

            Actually I’m talking a bunch of rubbish so…don’t take this serious.

          • Jisgsaw

            Well, I find it unlikely, Atlus would have commented on that, at least on their own forums, if it weren’t true.

            And it would explain why so much of their games get similar delays, indepently of Zen.

          • You have so much faith in Atlus I see :/

          • Ikki

            d) This isn’t your JRPG. This is a fighting game with online capabilities. European players will have to catch up with japanese and american players who have been playing for 9 months.

          • Herok♞

            But at the same time you would be at the same level as everyone else in your region, so while you are buliding up skill you will have similarly leveled opponents.

        • SirRichard

          Those three games were a taste of the 20+ years of shafting Europe has gotten from the industry, mate, you don’t even know the half of it.

    • jeb

      So they messed with the japanese consumer’s options and got the europeans as a bonus…way to get two birds with one stone Atlus.

      “You guys should just shut up and buy the game.”

      Or maybe we could decide to not support such a bad job and an awful business practice, its better get it used instead of complacently support this half done work.

      You know, I wonder how you would feel if your version of the game was delayed months after the community died out and all the excitement you had faded away while everyone else already enjoyed the game a long time ago..

      I love how you ended it with “go buy the game already” when talking to people who are annoyed by the product, your telling us to buy the product after all that?

      • MrJechgo

        I did, and it was for Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower here in North America. Yes, it pissed me off, but I still bought and enjoyed the games anyway.
        Complaining about a delay is pointless because it doesn’t affect the game itself.

        • Like jeb said, the point in all this whining is the fact that Atlus and Zen United made a bad business decision that affected Europe…as a whole.

          The difference between both situation is that you had your chance to import all these three games, and play it…somehow. With this, we had no choice but to wait. We sure not going to bypass the region locking without getting our console banned. As for me…I’m okay with it I guess, I’m not much of a fighting game person anyway.

          • Jisgsaw

            “The difference between both situation is that you had your chance to import all these three games, and play it…somehow. ”

            Not exactly true, Wii IS region locked, even if it is easy to go around (thank god for that, or I couldn’t have played Arc Rise Fantasia. A shame it never came to Europe :-( )

          • I knew that but like I said…somehow. Doing what I would mention but not allowed to is pretty accessible to everyone, even the not so tech savvy.

          • Jisgsaw

            Well, technically, the same is true for the PS3 and especially the 360, you just have to pay someone to do it.
            But well, won’t go too much that way, and it’s still no excuse.

          • :/ not sure what to say about this. Let me try, you can’t go to the shop and ask someone to do this for you. That’s like asking the police if you can buy drugs off them. Not the best example I know. With the Wii everything is already there for you in the internet…with little risk if you don’t follow the guides. Lets end this because I really don’t want to continue this

        • Jisgsaw

          Well, as said in other comment, imagine you would be pissed of like that for every game of Atlus (if you’re a fan. Replace by your favorite developper else).

          And for me it DOES affect the game, indirectly: I would have had lots of time to buy and play it when it was supposed to come out in August.
          Now I won’t have the time in May, and the way we were treated like shit for seven month does nothing to compell me to buy it nevertheless.

      • ShadowDivz

        I agree with Jeb. I mean, they are now getting the game(hopefully) while the rest of the world has already played the hell out of it(and still is).

        Why does it take so long for games to come out in europe anyway?

    • Ikki

      As someone else said, you don’t know the half of it, so it’s you who should better shut up. FYI the RRP for this game will be €50 ($65) in my country were RRPs can be as high as €70 ($90).

    • Sylveria

      “You guys should just shut up and buy the game.”

      Man with marketing and people skills like that you should apply for that CEO position EA just opened up.

      Complacency is the cancer of a consumer base. Just bending over and accepting whatever comes at you cause you have no choice is what leads to the “we can get away with it” mentality that brought us Sim City’s always online DRM existing then not having an infrastructure to support it.

      I fully support the people who are, rightfully, mad. I hope that the people who buy the game express to Atlus or Zen who ever in some fashion how disgusted they are with how long this took and that the people who refuse to buy it make sure they let the above listed know why they didn’t.

  • michel

    … In the meantime, I totally forgot this game existed…

    • I ignore it now and then till someone make an article about it lol

    (wow its been a while I used tht lol)

    Here comes the whinefest. Its finally ****ing out you guys! Or would you rather P4A not coming out?

    • Akuosa

      … and if you look up, you’ll see a great example of missing the point.

      • So? Special limited content or not, P4A FINALLY OUT OF LIMBO. I dunno abt you guys, but I’m just glad tht its out of limbo.

  • Höhlenmensch

    A soundtrack CD? That’s it?

    They should at least have released a more special limited edition to make up for this mess.

  • Neppygear

    I would have been excited for this back in July. But now, not so much.

  • Rocket D

    I’m going to be honest…I really expected Europe to get A LOT more than this from such a huge delay. (I was naive enough to think Europe already got this game) I was expecting like a figurine, DLC, an art book, t-shirts (something like FFXIII’s LE pack)…I don’t know but something more. Taking away the exclusive art after this sounds like the other versions of the game preorder wise. PAL regions get more preorder incentive for games that actually release on time (although by different companies) so this surprised me.

    I’m not going to be heartless and say “just shut up and be glad you got it” like some comments because that’s not the only issue here. I’m not a huge Persona fan (only played Arena) but if this happened to me I’d be pissed off too. I wish Europe got their games on time and if not at least got proper compensation for the wait…

  • amagidyne

    If they actually keep this deadline and it’s on shelves on the 10th of May, I will eat my shoe.


  • Amagidyne

    Really, the only Pre-Order bonus that would be worthwhile at this point would be a hand written apology from the folks at Atlus for taking so long to get this game over to us.

    • Herok♞

      Wouldn’t it be Zen since they handle it in Europe?

      • Jisgsaw

        Well, according to Zen, the problem was to make the european builds for the game (the one for the 360 only was finished last week).
        As Zen only edits, and doesn’t develop, no, the delay is on Atlus/ASW.

        • Herok♞

          I am just glad this problem is almost resolved, so everyone can move on to the next big thing to complain about. I just wish the companies would tell us more because it could either have been Zen’s or Atlus’ fault beyond the region locking(which at this point benefits Zen because they are automatically getting the sales from the people who still want it ). Zen should have more say as a publishing partner since they did promise a near simultaneous release world wide, so they should have had the build made with the US one or they just could have taken the US bulid, since they make the needed edits, so this could have just been them dropping the ball entirely(which would make sense seeing how fast golden got out in Europe and Zen’s track record with Blazblue). Or this could have been a situation where Atlus did screw them over completely in many ways, again seeing how fast golden got out. But unless one side rats out the other the world may never know.

          • Guest

            Atlus has terrible records for delays between NA and PAL, Golden is more the excpetion than the norm. So not sure all is on Atlus on this one.

          • Jisgsaw

            Atlus has terrible records for delays between NA and PAL, Golden is more the excpetion than the norm. So not sure all is on Zen on this one.

          • Herok♞

            Well Atlus had NISA bring P4G to Europe, which is odd as you say since to be blunt they don’t care about Europe at all which is why they don’t have a branch there and always send the stuff to third parties to handle. However Zen usually does get games out months later like BB and Arcana Heart. When we think about it the 2 companies who are notorious for getting games out late in Europe came together to publish something, why did anyone think they were going to get this near the other release. the best part is since they both have really bad track records, no one knows who to blame.

  • ShadowDivz

    Why does it take so long for games to reach europe(at the risk of sounding like a total idiot who knows nothing of the world.)

    Please try to avoid calling me names.

    • Jisgsaw

      That’s THE question.

      First there are the logistic questions (you have to deliver the games to retailers in a lot of different countries).
      But I think it mostly has to do with the fact that to release a game in Europe, you have to have it approuved by Sony/MS/Nintendo Europe. Which takes some time and has to be plan in advance, which apparently Atlus refuses to do.

      EDIT: and of course, if it is localized in some languages, there is the translation and above all the implementation of the languages, which are quite long (debugging etc…). But that isn’t the case here.

      • ShadowDivz

        Seems logical but why can’t all that be handled during the NA release? You know, just do it on a global scale/simultaneously. I mean, a week or a month difference makes sense, but this is ridiculous?

        You have fans translating games in their free time, UNPAID. Doing a more or less equally skilled job. Granted they don’t have to deal with the legal issues but still.

        Glad im not a gamer who lives in europe. My condolences.

        • SirRichard

          “but why can’t all that be handled during the NA release?”

          That’s exactly it, there’s no reason why it can’t. But for some reason, they didn’t, and they normally don’t. It’s actually just outright confusing more than anything why they can’t do it.

          • Jisgsaw

            Actually, the more I think about it, the less I understand why they don’t just do the European certification on the same time as the NA one, as the games are identical anyway.

          • SirRichard

            Most of the time, anyway. For Atlus’ case, it’s because they simply ignore PAL regions entirely anyway, so there’s no point in bothering, but they should be able to do it, it can’t be that hard of a thing to do when NISA and occasionally XSEED pull it off.

          • ShadowDivz

            That’s what i meant. I don’t understand the business world, but that seems less time consuming and smarter as compared to releasing it when the hype has died down.

        • Jisgsaw

          ” I don’t assume that EA and Atlus are on the same level with regards to how they consider localization (i.e., EA goes worldwide as part of the initial development plan, whereas we don’t)”

          To quote an admin from AtlusUSA forums, ” I don’t assume that EA and Atlus are on the same level with regards to how they consider localization (i.e., EA goes worldwide as part of the initial development plan, whereas we don’t)”

          It’s really not a question of translation (only Atlus game I know of that got translated is Lucifer’s Call), it’s just a question of aknowledging Europe (and PAL territories) as potential markets, which Atlus doesn’t. I guess they get more money from their deals with editors than what they expect to get if they release the games themselves, which is ridiculous.

  • Wappuli

    Not that it’s much of an importance but it comes with arrange soundtrack, not the actual games ost. Yes, there should be a difference.
    Or did the arrange soundtrack of the JP/US-version have musics from the game instead of some arranges?

  • Crevox


    “This is not the end though… there will be MORE news.
    And that news will be GOOD.”

    Siliconera should’ve stated this factoid.

    • Jisgsaw

      Yep, we just got the fantastic additional “good” news:
      A vinyl (yes, a vynil)… exclusive to the UK.

      F*ck you Zen.

  • David García Abril

    Hell! It’s about time!


  • Sentsuizan_93

    Wait… I swear the NA version had the soundtrack…
    As happy as I am about (finally) getting a release date, I hope there is more to it than that because there are a lot of people who have practically lost faith in this game’s release in Europe. I mean, this date is dangerously close to EVO season…..

  • Istillduno

    Welp nice to know it’s nothing good enough to even slightly tempt me into supporting the only region locked game on the ps3.

    Second hand or not at all is the only way to go here, spent too long dealing with region lock bs and massive delays before the PS3 to support any notion of going back to that era. (And now it would be even worse since you can’t get freeloaders and mods to make import games play could get you banned from online services.)

  • ShinoZero

    It’s about time. Now we can finally say that Persona 4 Arena Reaches out to the truth *chuckles*

  • Draparde

    While i would be mad about it having taken so long, personally. i would also be happy about finally being able to get it X_x… then again, thats probably just me. (since i’m that way about majority of JRPGS i get to play lol)

  • heartless141

    Things I’d understand
    -Apologies with logical reasons.

    Things I don’t understand:

    – Promises that was never fulfilled, lead to an apologetic promise of “something good” that end up being wallpapers and cropped version of them to be avatars.

    Things i wouldn’t buy for over 15 bucks:
    Persona 4 Arena.

  • Ephidiel

    The Price ist just a punch in the face after waiting for it so long

    Amazon and most overs have it listed for 50€

  • Victoria [Rokuso3]

    I thought they would release it at 25€ or something, like what happened Anarchy Reigns. That could have been a good compensation for the delay. But this price? Seriously? Of course, you’ll find very cheap at zavvi in a few weeks, but that’s not the point of this.

    I mean, P4A’s USA version now costs less than 20€. I would have thought about it at that price. 50€? Seriously?

  • Setsu Oh

    i m not sure i d be fine even with a figure included…..
    i m still bitter about it mainly because of the lack of details on why the delay.

  • Isaac Newton

    I got this game on January 2013 and there I’m satisfy with it plus I’m from asia….

    What I’m saying that are Gamers today want to play game just because of some trend or they treat game like it was some food that the game will rot or they want to get some bragging rights???

    Look at suikoden 2 it was release late on EU but most of the bugs where fix like Annalie singing and etc….. EU always get the shining glory when it comes to freebies and bug fixing. Are most EU compete with the NA for something I just don’t get it……

    If you find it pricey then wait for it to go down or try or wait for the digital release(if there is any :P)…

    EDIT:To clarify things most of my import were EU than NA and I like EU ver. than the NA……

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