Persona 4 Arena Ultimax DLC Includes Story Mode From The First Game

By Sato . May 27, 2014 . 1:34am


Those who haven’t played the first game might feel a bit lost getting into Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. For this reason, Arc System Works prepared a special pack for the new challengers. Famitsu shares more details on the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax “Premium Newcomer Package”.


l_53831f350897a In addition to a special cover for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the Premium Newcomer Package includes a DLC pack with a bunch of stuff from the first game. Here’s what’s in it:


  • Story mode of the first game, Persona 4 Arena.


  • Glasses set for all the characters.


  • Additional set of 12 BGM tracks from Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 4 Arena.


  • Navigator tryout set (Teddie and Mitsuru).


The above DLC will all be available for a certain price after the game is released.



Additionally, the DLC card included in the package will feature a special illustration as sampled above, by Atlus illustrator and graphic designer, Shigenori Soejima.


Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will be released this Fall in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Meanwhile, you can catch up on some of the latest news with more details on the recently revealed Ken Amada and Koromaru tag-team duo.

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  • Kaitsu

    Is the story considered canon?

    • You can take it as a good thing or a bad thing but yes it is.

    • Bio438

      If you are asking about Ultimax’s story itself, yes it is. The first game is quite weird in that parts of it is canon while others aren’t, I’m hoping Ultimax clarifies what happened in arena.

      • God

        Yeah, unlike Blazblue, that game didn’t have a “True Ending”, so there is no way to tell wich character’s path is canon… i’m however guessing all the endings + Labrys story mode and either Yu’s or Aigis’s story mode, probably.

    • Aesma

      Kagutsuchi. It’s always Kagutsuchi’s fault. With Kagutsuchi, everything from Golden, Arena and even manga are canon.

      • Bio438

        Manga? Which one? I need to read this.

        • Aesma

          The one about Naoto and some guy with Tsukuyomi.
          Persona x Detective Naoto

          • TokkanRAM

            I thought that was a novel, not a manga.

          • Aesma

            To quote the wiki,
            ‘The manga adaption of the book began serialization in Dengeki Maoh on November 27, 2012 and was drawn by Satoshi Shiki.’

            So yes, it was a novel, and a manga.

      • DragKudo

        Blame raidou. The manga is not canon though it contradicts the games.

        • Aesma

          Well, haven’t read Raidou’s manga yet, but we can magic it away by saying that Hito-Shura threw timeline to disarray after Nocturne…

          • DragKudo

            I should have put a period. I meant blame Raidou because he is the one who messed everything up.

            And that all mangas are non canon to the games. They aren’t made by the teams and contradict what is said in the games. Naoto’s novel contradicts Persona 4 Arena/Ultimax and DAN.

          • Aesma

            …yeah, quite so. But, since a lot of people asks ‘what is canon and what is not’ in Atlus games, I always jokingly answer ‘Kagutsuchi’.

    • It’s canon, at least if you played Persona 4 Golden. There’s a post-ending ending (XD) that already hints that the events of Arena and Ultimax HAPPENED. So yeah, it’s canon.

    • Mr_SP

      Impossible to say. It is an *official* game. But that doesn’t mean that it’s story will be used in Persona 5, assuming they ever mention previous Persona users. Like P4: Dancing All Night, or Persona Q, just because it’s endorsed by Atlus, doesn’t mean that it’s events will be referred to in the future.

      For example, Persona Q doesn’t have Labrys, but does have Marie, and Arena doesn’t mention Marie. Technically, this should imply that Arena isn’t canon, as Persona Q seems to star everyone, even though Q itself is pretty clearly an impossible scenario.

      • Bio438

        You do realize when Persona Q takes place right? Labrys would make it less likely to be canon.

        EDIT: To add a bit more, Arena and Ultimax are very important to the P3 and P4 saga, maybe even persona as a whole if the final boss is really who we think it is.

        • Mr_SP

          Persona Q takes place in a magical dream world where everyone is alive, the events of P3 and P4 aren’t separated by the several years that they’re supposed to, and Elizabeth and Theodore exist at the same time.

          Persona Q could not be any less canon.

          Having Labrys appearing couldn’t make the game any less illogical. She’s not literally impossible, like P3P’s FeMC.

          • Bio438

            But they have already established that the p4 group and p3 group are pulled from their respective timelines, from a a point where nobody is dead, to the mysterious pq world. They have also hinted that this is somehow related to the wild card. They also specifically chose the p4 group to come from a time before arena, so before they had met the p3 cast. There is nothing contradictory here especially Theodore as he is mentioned in Arena and actually appears in Ultimax.

          • Mr_SP

            That this is justified by “pulled from their respective timelines” – time travel! – pretty firmly places it as non-canon. Labrys being pulled from Arena would not complicate the premise any more than it already is.

          • Bio438

            If I recall they talked about time travel in the answer and the whole universal reset thing kinda makes this not seem that outlandish. I strongly believe this is canon, no matter what they come up with. They are making sure as hard as they can that nothing contradicts the other games. But we won’t know until the Japanese release.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            It’s not canon it’s just has a “Crossover excuse”.
            If you use “well it’s vague enough to be canon” they you can pretty much say any crossover is canon since a majority have that “Pull from their worlds brought to another dimension and memories erased after”

          • LightZero

            Except in this case it’s possibly canon. Otherwise IS isn’t canon because it didn’t take place in the EP/3/4 universe. Besides with the Amala Network everything is canon.

          • Bio438

            Thank you, I’m just saying its very possible it could be canon based off of the given information and what’s happened prior in the persona universe.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            That doesn’t make any sense because the events of IS created EP’s world, so it would be canon no matter what.

          • Bio438

            Nice source for it not being canon. We have no idea how this game affects the persona universe in general, we don’t know if zen and rei will have further roles in the universe. The only argument people seem to have against this game is its a crossover, but we are dealing with the Persona universe here. Who knows if Philemon has a role in this since Nyarly seems to play a role in Ultimax? We just don’t know. There is nothing so far in the game they have shown that contradicts established canon so why can you just write it off as not being canon?

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            If your willingly to say that any crossover has the possibility of being canon no matter how large because of vagueness then sure.

          • Bio438

            The reason isn’t vagueness, its because everything fits into canon. The game has been very blatant in how its handling itself so it doesn’t contradict anything, surely there is a reason to this? Why not have every possible Persona character to date show up? Why not pull the characters from just another date? Why bother having these reasons for it to be canon when it won’t be? This is a game set in a franchise where it can fit in, Ultimax also has dimensional rifts. Most crossovers don’t fit as well because the concepts explored are to abstract relative to the game franchise making it hard to be believable. Unless this game is stated to be not-canon or the events contradict the franchise then it is canon. I’m not saying this will be canon as something may happen in the game that contradicts previous games but to outright say it “isn’t canon its just a crossover excuse” is just wrong when there is no evidence to suggest it is not canon.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            The reason is vagueness that’s how crossovers work and they do all have that same plot point.
            So persona q isn’t any different, the only reason why it’s only persona 3 and 4 is because those are popular and recent entries in the series.
            The evidence is just general crossovers. It being canon is about the same as god being real, of course we should hold a small window possibility but it’s highly unlikely. So unless it’s stated to be canon there’s no reason to believe it is.

          • Bio438

            Nice analogy. There is evidence suggesting God does not exist and there is no evidence to suggest that it does exist, where as there is evidence to suggest Persona Q is canon and there is none to suggest otherwise aside from assumptions based on other franchises. A game made at least partially by the Persona team that does not contradict other games in the franchise is enough reason to believe it is canon until stated otherwise, saying it isn’t canon until stated otherwise with no evidence suggesting it isn’t canon is moronic.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            There’s no conclusive evidence that a god does not exist. I’m sorry to say.
            Trying to push it into canon while ignoring the fact that it’s a simply crossover that does add anything to the universe is rather silly.
            There’s not much reason to believe it is canon.

      • Shippoyasha

        Atlus already did go on record saying Arena is canonical though. Whether it sticks is another story.

  • Bio438

    I hope this comes overseas as I really want those extra tracks and glasses but am not really willing to pay for them separately if its anything like Blazblue.

  • xanox

    Does anyone else feel like a spoiled child when buying atlus games?
    Seriously though, Atlus always delivers quality which is hard to find nowadays. <3

  • Morricane

    Selling the story mode of the first game as DLC actually is a good use of DLC for a change…it makes the first title obsolete completely for people who didn’t buy it.

    • Thatguy

      Yeah, like Europe.
      But first, you need to wait for localization.

      Reminder: publisher removed Persona 4 Arena from store in Europe.

      • Göran Isacson

        Huh, wonder if there’s a connection here. If maybe they’re taking down Arena so the only way to play it will be to buy the sequel and the DLC storyline.

  • Nightmesh

    I’m confused. So this new one is going to have a completely differently story mode for each character or only story modes for the new ones? Also I’m hopping it can go the other way around since I already own arena and I would much rather just buy DLC/Update instead of paying full price for Ultimax.

    • Göran Isacson

      I’m thinking that it will simply let you download Arenas story mode, and then it will be a separate thing from Ultimax. Ultimax will be all new story-mode for all characters, which along with balance changes and new character data prrrobably means it’ll be too big to release as a stand-alone patch?

    • Mr_SP

      A completely different story mode for each character, and DLC that lets you play the story mode from the first game with the characters from the first game. It’s not DLC, like the various versions of SFIV.

      Unfortunately, the opposite does not seem to be true.

      • Crevox

        According to Japanese magazines, I’m pretty sure the story is split up into “Persona 3 side” and “Persona 4 side” along with a final combination ending.

        • Bio438

          This is what I’ve read as well apart from the last part, I read there was a story needed to complete first to unlock the P3 and P4 sides of the Ultimax story. Everyone is assuming that the first story needed to be completed is a reconstruction of Arena’s story, like what Blazblue did. To clarify I haven’t heard of a final ending, I would love it if that’s the case though.

    • Bio438

      Ultimax is a complete sequel and is very relevant to the P3 and P4 saga from what we know so far.

  • xe7en

    STORY dlc getto! Actually haven’t touched P4A yet (sticked to BB and GGAC instead). I’m interested on how the story flows and since this is canon, its relevant to me.

  • EQeE

    Well, fuck that. Why did I even pay for it. I had to wait many months until it was released in Europe. Now they are selling the sequel with the story mode of the first inside.

    Sorry, I misread. It’s only sold as DLC. That calmed my nerves.

  • MrJechgo


    What? I already have the first game, and played through the story mode completely.

  • Uhh what ?

  • Kornelious

    You know since this is up on Amazon I would love if we got a special edition……..Please? :P

  • Ecchitori-san

    Is Zen United will still be the one to bring this to Europe? Just wondering..

    • Dylan Neill

      I hope not.

  • Kalis Konig

    I hope this is a canon more compact version of the first games story. Either way expect all of this to be a free bonus for day one buyers in other coutries as well.

  • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

    As much as I enjoyed the first Arena title, I’ll probably just look up the cutscenes for this. The online for P4A seemed to have simmer down pretty fast and I admit I’m not as fond of fighters as I used to be.

    • Bio438

      Yay let’s not support a franchise but feel entitled to view its contents without paying. Come on, if you like the franchise and care for the story please buy it so we can get sequels and the like.

      • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

        You’re talking to someone who typically double dips by importing. I’ve done my time already. :P That said, I don’t really get into fighters like I used to. If the gameplay isn’t that relevant to me, it’s not necessarily worth buying in my case.

  • Brimfyre

    I hope the individual stories in the new game are a little bit different than the first one. The thing that BlazBlue does so well is the story mode as not one of the routes seems like a retread of the same information, where nearly every one of the P4 cast is the exact same story with different jokes. It got so tedious and boring to play after a while it was like watching Endless Eight.

    • Bio438

      Its confirmed to be more like the more recent Blazblue. I think they said in total there will be either three or four stories.

    • God

      Not to mention Blazblue had a “True Ending”, in P4A we have no way to know wich characters story mode is canon…

  • Yan Zhao

    Would be nice if the story content is also there for those who’s beaten the storymode in vanilla P4A, as well as having glasses DLC carried over. But its ASW. They do the same crap with BB and their DLC.

  • gr3yfxx

    Oh. I thought you meant Persona 1. I am a sad panda…..

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