Persona 4 Arena Removed From European PlayStation Network

By Ishaan . May 22, 2014 . 10:30am

Persona 4 Arena has been removed from the European PlayStation Network. A PSN user pointed this out in the comments of the PlayStation Blog. Jawad Ashraf from the PlayStation Store Team replied:


Persona 4 Arena has been removed from PS Store on request from the publisher. I haven’t been given any information as to why, just that we obliged with the request. Sorry I can’t be more transparent.


Siliconera has reached out to publisher Zen United to see if we can learn any more about the situation, and we’ll update once we hear back.

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  • Uhoh.

  • Slayven19

    Man, those guys over yonder get no love lol.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Something tells me Zen may have lost rights to publishing in regards to this game. I could be wrong though… Just my guess.

  • Crevox

    ZEN United strikes again

    Maybe they lost the publishing rights for some reason? Maybe they’re dead? Maybe they’re butthurt they aren’t publishing chrono phantasma? (joke)

    Sorry Europe

    • Shippoyasha

      Can Atlus self publish, I wonder?

      It seems to tell me that it’s about time they take the reins themselves.

      • SpeeeeedowaGOOONnnn

        Pff, Atlus publishing a game in Europe, haha, Good one!

      • Derek E Nay

        Atlus doesn’t have any offices in the EU. Which sucks :(. Though Ghostlight is the Atlus of the EU (publishing wise). Though I don’t live in the EU, I hope Atlus starts publishing over there as well.

      • Neppygear

        They can, they have. We got Conception II and Persona 1 PSP digital-only from them.

        • SpeeeeedowaGOOONnnn

          Yeah,true , but we are still waiting on SMT4….

    • JMaster3000

      ” Maybe they’re dead? ”

      HAH! If that’s true then bye for Marvelous AQL games too.

      Its gonna be all over again like RF4 xD (For which i’m still butthurt….)

  • AlphaSixNine

    Sad. they should have at least told people about it and offered an explanation before taking it down. Silently sweeping it under the rug hoping nobody notices is kinda offensive to fans imo.

    • Arrngrim

      Welcome to the NWO, now encroaching into the video game world

    • Noelemahc

      Atlus PR for Europe is always along the lines of “We’re altering the agreement. Pray we do not alter it further”. Like how they released and then unreleased Digital Devil Saga for the PSN, and now it is released for NA while it’s not in EU.
      Or how the EU release of Devil Survivor Overclocked had NEW bugs the NA release didn’t, WITHOUT FIXING ANY OF THE BUGS OF THE NA VERSION.

  • logginsmessina

    Atlus games have very poor publishing in Europe

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Son of a…
    Welp, thank God for dual accounts…

    • lol isn’t persona 4 arena region lock?

      • Tyler Beale

        Yes indeed! Even the download versions.

      • Crimson_Cloud

        Wha- really? Damn, then… first sentence only applies lol

        • wasnt you there during the whole fiasco of region locking and how zen united took an eternity to release the game here?

          • Crimson_Cloud

            Honestly, forgot the region locking when I sold my Xbox and got the PS3. Didn’t paid much attention as all of the stuff I bought later on didn’t had that.

  • RawrWata

    You see, if Atlus pulled it’s head out of it’s ass and started doing publishing in the EU themselves (Which they probably can since they’re owned by Sega) then this shit wouldn’t happen.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      You know how many resources it would take to get a publishing firm out in an entirely different continent? Anyway, it’s likely that Sega could work with Atlus to get the games released in the EU.

      • Sean ‘Geg’ Reddie

        There is seriously no defence for it, Atlus has been in the business for years now and if NIS America can get stuff released physically 2 days after a release in America in Europe than Atlus can too. Atlus aren’t some tiny indie company, they’re probably the biggest niche developer in the world at this time. Being backed by Sega now, there isn’t really an excuse.

        • Zeik56

          You can argue that being owned by SEGA should give them the resources to localize better (which is probably true) but that also implies that the ball is in SEGA’s court for getting those games localized. (Which is also probably true.) I doubt Atlus has the authority to set something like that up themselves at this point.

          Unfortunately SEGA doesn’t have a great track record for localizing games, so those extra resource probably don’t mean squat.

          • Noelemahc

            Man, why did you have to remind me of Valkyria Chronicles 3?

  • new_tradition

    Now my inner conspiracy theorist wonders what this could mean for Ultimax…

    • SpeeeeedowaGOOONnnn

      Fingers crossed its not region locked :P

    • Hikari Langley

      It’s likely it’ll get the Chrono Phantasma treament, but it won’t end up like RF4. EU will get the game either through ATLUS PSN release.

  • otakumike

    “Europe Stahp screaming at us or else you get no GAMZ!!”

    In all seriousness though, I hope they resolve the issue promptly.

  • SirRichard

    Oh, what have they done now?

  • Aunna Terrell

    Zen United keeps answering with a “Please speak with Atlus” responses when people ask why Arena was removed.

    • J_Joestar

      if they are redirecting things to Atlus, maybe Atlus themselves are preparing to actively publish their own works in EU?

    • TheGameTagerZ

      Kind of like the go speak to your mother/father type thing

      Me: Dad why is Persona 4 Arena down?
      Zen: Go ask your mother

      Me: Mom why is Persona 4 Arena down?
      Atlus: Go ask your father

  • Go2hell66

    Something stinks…

  • landlock

    Just the PSN or XBox Games on Demand aswell?

  • ivanchu77

    Both Atlus and Zen united are a joke

  • Istillduno

    Man I thought Zen United and Atlus had fucked up as much as they possibly could with this release when they region locked it and released it in Europe so long after everywhere else.

    Evidently I was wrong.

    • otakumike

      That was just the tip, now Europe got the shaft.

  • Prinnydoom

    Europe’s new catch phrase: Can’t catch a break =P

  • Randgriz

    Whatever at least we still have SMT IV…. oh.. wait…

    • revenent hell

      You haven’t got that yet either?

      • Amagidyne

        Better, we’ve not even gotten a release date yet.

        Being EU Atlus fan is suffering.

        • revenent hell

          Dude, it feels like its been a year since I got it……… That’s a shitty long wait period. Did ya’ll send Atlus pictures of the middle finger or something?

          • Amagidyne

            Nope, they just don’t like us on principle, it seems. Games by Atlus are usually either delayed by about a year or more compared to everywhere else, or flat out not released with barely an explaination.

          • revenent hell

            See, I am the forgiving sort and would look over a few months delay myself ….. But a year+ is kind of….way to much. Its not like they are making a whole new game here…..
            Regardless of other games I would think they would be more prompt with SMT/Persona games… I mean they are a high in demand brand in my experience. I cant believe its not even a digital download.
            That’s just awful .

          • Amagidyne

            Same, I mean I always expect a few months for an EU localization, given that other languages aside from English have to be added into the game. But the way games like SMT IV and P4A have (and still are) being handled is just a joke.

          • zuuum

            “…given that other languages aside from English have to be added into the game.”

            This is funny,you know why? Because a lot of games don’t even get german/italian/franch/spanish translation! They stay the same way as they were in the USA. Especially Atlus games…

    • DesmaX

      Rumors say that they’re translating that game to different languages

      Could explain why it’s taking so long

      • Prithivi

        I REALLY want to believe that.
        I just can’t :( (I hope I’m wrong though).

  • Ms_Fortune

    Atlus is now actively dicking over UK consumers via removing a released game.

    I’m guessing this has to do with publishing rights and them being under Sega now, either way this is pretty crappy of them.

    • Wolfs_Rain

      Atlus isn’t the publisher in Europe.

      • Ms_Fortune

        I know.

        The still made the choice to remove the game from the UK PSN store. So the blame lies with them.

        • Ecchitori-san

          Zen United was the one who made the choice. -.-

  • Astraye

    That doesn’t smell good for Persona 4 arena ultimax.

  • Ann Weschenfeller

    So that means if someone had already purchased it and then erased it to make some space and re-download it later on…game’s lost forever and you have to go buy a physical copy…Yay for digital.

    • Sentsuizan_93

      Not necessarily. The game is still in your download history and you can download it from there. I’d think of it as “Not available to purchase digitally” instead of “Lost forever”

      • Neppygear

        Yes. Games removed from the store will still be there in your download list. Like Fate/unlimited codes, just to use a random example.

        • Sentsuizan_93

          Good example that. Shame that got removed.
          Also, Marvel vs Capcom 3/Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 got removed as well. :/

      • Ann Weschenfeller

        Well, that’s good to know. Thanks for the info, had no idea about that. Good to see at least Sony is doing it right with the matter.

        I stand corrected!

  • I’m starting to think Atlus should just start a Kikstarter fund or something to fund an Atlus Europe team to distribute their games in Europe.

    • Neppygear

      If that means we’d get them physically, I’m all for it. As it is, they already self-publish their digital games in Europe.

  • Future of download only games.

  • Satoshi Ookami

    At least physical copies are still available.
    Losing DLCs may posses a problem, though…

  • Here in the UK they’re struggling to sell the physical copies as it is I’ve seen this game brand new for £5.

    I bought it on release got a Nice LP I can never play as I don’t have a Record player =P

  • CureMarine

    Being a SMT fan in PAL regions sure has been great lately.. no SMT IV or release dates for the 3 new Persona games and now this gets removed from the PSN. Not looking too good for us, I must admit.

  • Cyrus

    Good riddance.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Damn, being an EU Atlus fan is tough

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