Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Coming To North America On Xbox 360 And PS3

By Ishaan . February 25, 2014 . 9:54am

Atlus’ next Persona 4 fighting game, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, is coming to North America, the company announced today.



Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is an updated version of Persona 4 Arena with new characters, including Junpei and Yukari from Persona 3, as well as a new character named Sho Minazuki. Additionally, the game will also feature other improvements over Arena.


The game will be released for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America in Fall 2014. Up until now, an Xbox version of the game hadn’t been confirmed.

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  • Mirai

    Please Atlus don’t region lock this game like you did with the first one.

    • azureknight

      Doesn’t seem like it’s a simultaneous release with Japan, so it’s probably not region locked.

      • artemisthemp

        This could sound like it’s region lock or it could be a speculation.

      • British_Otaku

        I don’t see why a simultaneous worldwide release will stop them from forcing people to buy games in the region dictated by their PS3’s region.

        Asshole publishers are assholes. >_>

        • Alex Sargeant

          The biggest fear I think was that as it had full Japanese Language support, that Japanese gamers would instead import the US version as it was WAY cheaper.

          A similar thinking might have led to Sega pushing back the Anarchy Reigns release day despite both versions being content identical.

          And now you know. It’s Atlus and Sega at once.

          • British_Otaku

            Put “WAY cheaper” into numbers. The 7000ish yen the game would cost is the same as $70ish USD. Given how much shipping can cost to get the game fast and that a Japanese player would be getting the game later than any one around him, that some stores sell games for cheaper like and the easiest method to screw Atlus out of money would be to play the game without paying…

            Not stealing, but getting a second hand copy, playing a copy at their friend’s house or borrowing a copy.

            Many games release with English and Japanese (plus maybe half a dozen other languages) even on region free systems, yet that is the only case where a publisher stepped on the PS3 platform to limit player options.

            On Anarchy Reigns… The latest Advance Wars on the DS had Japanese in the code but waited to become a 3DS digital release till they got a chance to play it. You can name tons of games which got released in English in Europe but not America or vice versa. It isn’t necessarily to stop importing…

          • Alex Sargeant


            I mean, we were literally told it was the case.

            “The unforeseen consequence in all of this was that we had a version of our biggest game of the year releasing within a couple weeks in two territories, both identical in content, but at radically different price points.”

            I’m absolutely supposing things about Anarchy Reigns, but in terms of P4A that was absolutely the reason that Atlus JP demanded the lock. The dollar back then was a lot weaker after all.

            XE says that it was 77 yen to the dollar rather than the 100+ we see now. So if we’re saying with shipping it would be $70, it was actually closer to 5400 Yen back in July/August 2012.

            Not a major difference but according to Atlus themselves, well enough to cause all this mess in the first place.

        • Androu1

          They region locked the first P4A because it came out at almost the same time in JP and NA with support for full English and Japanese audio and text, and it was much cheaper for the JP players to import from NA than buy it local. So they did it to prevent the cannibalization of local sales.

          This wouldn’t have been much of an issue if the EU release hadn’t been delayed so much (and if it wasn’t cheaper to import for JP players, that’s insane).

          • British_Otaku

            1) The release dates weren’t “that” close and it is still in favour of the Japanese buyers.
            2) It would both be later to import an American copy and more expensive due to shipping costs.

            Importing is less of a threat to their sales than people borrowing a copy from a friend or playing at their friend’s house instead of buying their own copy (so removing local multiplayer would be a much more direct method).

          • Androu1

            At the time the Japanese retail price of Persona 4 Arena was over ¥7000, which was over $90, compared to the $60 in North America. Even with shipping costs, it was cheaper to import than buy locally. And both the NA and JP builds are identical (hell, I think the EU build is identical too).

            Most Japanese companies don’t want those imports. The only sales that matter to them are local sales most of the time, so they decided to region lock the game.

            The release had only a 2 week difference anyway, which anyone who isn’t incredibly impatient should be able to wait for.

            The biggest issue was that Europe got screwed by it due to Atlus and/or the European publisher taking too long to bring the game over there.

            Considering these factors, I can’t tell if P4AU will be region locked or not. We don’t know the actual release dates for any of the console versions and we don’t know if both NA and JP builds are identical again.

          • katamari damacy

            I thought Japan really did have inflated media prices, even factoring in shipping and duties. A perfect example are blu-ray anime movies retailing for 6900Y

    • Warren

      Sorry its happening. You can get upset but it won’t change it.

  • Why did you make four articles for what basically was a simultaneous announcement?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      In part so that folks who wish to discuss certain things about one title and not another can do so. Each game is separate with separate vids and other material for it. Quite a bit more manageable for everyone.

      • I guess that makes sense. But 2 out of the four will be drowned by the new articles later on.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Which means those who want to talk about the dance game or a dungeon crawler have more chance to do so. Don’t worry, we will be covering all of them as news and information releases allow.

          • Alright. I’ll take your word for that.

  • NeoStrayCat

    Kinda surprised the US will have this for the 360, but at least this, and the simultaneous announcements for new Persona titles are a good thing.

    • Sakurazaki

      iirc isn’t the first one already available on the 360?

      • NeoStrayCat

        Yeah, at least I’ve read somewhere that future ASW titles were only gonna be PS3 only with BB:CP and GG:Xrd, at least P4AU will continue on in a US release for X360.

        • mikanko

          Xrd hasn’t really been confirmed one way or another outside of Japan. Could still wind up on both. BB sales really plummeted on 360 with Extend though, so they more or less didn’t see the point to continue.

          Fighting games are kinda in a weird place where certain games have a more active playerbase on 360(Capcom stuff), and others are dominant on PS3(Tekken/Anime), and others are pretty split between the two.

          P4A sold decently on the 360 stateside IIRC(less than PS3, but enough to make $), so it makes sense to release the sequel there. More so since it’s Atlus publishing, and likely judging the market differently than Aksys.

          • NeoStrayCat

            I guess that does makes sense, well, also have to factor in a couple things too. But whatever works best though.

  • Pretty cool looking.

  • Rafael Martines

    That “new” character in the end of the teaser :P

    • DyLaN

      I’m legitimately curious as what he doing here. Spoilers pls frm folks who played the arcade ver?

      • Desk

        no adachi yet, I believe he was just a cameo

  • MrJechgo

    Thank goodness they shortened the title XD
    Can’t say I’m satisfied with the lack of English audio for this trailer though…

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    Adachi…. the hope is alive.

  • lordsofskulls

    awesome ;3, been meaning to pick up Persona 4 Arena i am glad i waited ;3

    • DyLaN

      This is the sequel to Arena though. Not an updated re-release.

      • lordsofskulls

        ohh thanks for letting me know XD time to pick up copy with next paycheck than =)

  • Amagidyne

    So we can expect it in the EU regions around Summer of 2015, given Atlus’ oh so fabulous track record over here -_-

  • megaten666

    DAT Adachi at the end!!! (*_*)

    What day is today? Christmas?

  • Kaetsu

    Too bad there was not voice acting in the trailer because I wanted to hear Sho’s English voice.

  • konsama

    Dat Adachi-baby…

  • Guy Wesley

    I’m getting this. I’ll get a job, I’ll get it.
    I’m curious on who Sho’s English voice will be.

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    If the rumour is true I’m not going to play this one since I have a japanese PS3 while living in america

  • 하세요

    If Liz is still trash then I may pass on this one, or at least until a price drop. She’s the only character I care about using, but 1~2 combos ending my life is terrible, even if my attacks “look” OP.

  • Rohan Viajar

    Adachi isn’t final boss.
    The one pulling the strings is none other than… Koromaru! *dun dun dun*

  • Kay

    **Spoiler thoughts… (If you haven’t gone through P3/P4G Warning)

    I wonder if this Sho Minazuki character could be an extension of Nyx that escaped before it was beaten in P3 much like Marie was to Izanami in P4G. Hm.

  • ninjabart122

    I really liked the Ultra Suplex Hold part of the title though…

  • Aristides

    I wonder if Atlus and Ark ever plan on releasing this on Vita. Ark has been porting their fighting games on Vita as of late but then again I guess it’s Atlus’s call since they’re the publisher.

  • Inferno Divider

    P4AU? Persona 4 Gold

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