Marie Will Be Free DLC For Persona 4 Arena Ultimax For One Week

By Spencer . July 30, 2014 . 5:40pm

Marie from Persona 4 Golden joins Adachi as a downloadable playable character for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. For the first week after the fighting game launches in North America, Marie will be free to download. Afterwards, Marie like Adachi will be paid DLC.


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Marie has Kaguya as her Persona and uses skills that immobilize opponents. Take a look at this video to see what the Tsundere Poet of the Hollow Forest can do.

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  • Kaisenex

    no more complaining about buying her now

  • BaoZakeruga

    Hmm so day 8 DLC?

    • Zeik56

      It sounds like both Adachi and Marie will be available day 1.

  • Shippoyasha

    Making a playable tryout is a wonderful idea. They should try that with every character.

  • Hector Velar

    date pls… precise date range

  • Tetris

    This keeps getting better and better. We just need a release date now. *_*

    • The Old Shopkeeper

      i think it was September 30

      • Tetris

        That date’s been floating around but Atlus hasn’t said squat other than ‘Fall.’ The November date for PQ ended up being accurate so I’m hoping Sept. 30 is an accurate date as well.

        • Vesperion

          Pretty sure that may be the set date. Even Yu Namba said late september

  • $18114340

    Not going to be able to buy this within the first week unfortunately… any word on how much characters will cost afterwards? Are we looking at BBCP prices here?

    • Zeik56

      It shouldn’t matter, DLC does not require you to own the game to download.

      • NeoStrayCat

        Exactly, don’t need the game for the DLC as long as you can get it on either your PS3/360 acct (Until you get the game later on, that is). Also, no one knows yet how much they’ll be after that first week anyways until announced.

  • Zeik56

    I can’t help but find it funny how much people got their panties in a bunch each time one of these DLC characters were announced, only for them to make them free well before the game even launches.

  • The Watcher

    Smart move

  • LordHyper

    I really hope that Marie and Ken end up being high on the tier list just to make people angry.

    • Mirai

      I don’t know about Marie but from the gameplay footage I’ve seen of Ken, he will most likely be a high-tier character.

      • LordHyper

        I’ll find it funny if Ken ends up being loved by the fighting game crowd while at least half of the Persona fanbase still hates his guts.

    • LightningFarron19

      I don’t get why Atlus keeps pushing for Marie. She’s not even on the top 20 any of the popularity polls of recent. If she was like top 5 or 10, maybe. She’s no Lightning Farron (who has always gotten top 3 on the popularity polls of females in Final Fantasy).

      She is truly not beloved or popular as Atlus is trying to push.

      • Desk


        • Vesperion

          Naoto’s on a bike. It has to be Golden then

          • Desk

            yeah it was my bad i made a mistake i was just only saw the second pic, sorry

        • LightningFarron19

          These was taken after Persona 4 Golden (2012-2013). Besides, that should not stop fans from voting for their favorite Persona character, and Marie is a character from the Persona series.

          • Desk

            i know i made a mistake, my bad

          • LightningFarron19

            Now I see. Thanks for noticing!

      • Vesperion

        I actually like Marie. I don’t get the hate at all. Also these characters have been around for almost 7 years

        • LordHyper

          Yeah. I mean, sure, she’s a new character that’s suddenly canonized despite not existing in the original game, but it’s not as if her presence ruins the franchise either.

      • Zeik56

        I’m not really sure how putting her in as a DLC character after practically the entire cast of P3 and P4 (and then some) were already included equates to “pushing” her.

        • LightningFarron19

          They are forcing her to be canon (since she was not in the original P4.)

          They made an entire 13 episode anime that revolves around just her (cutting all plot, characterization and suspense from it).

          They forced her in Persona Q as a canon part of the Persona 4 cast

          Now she is going to be DLC for this game. I would not be suprised if she showed up in Persona 4 Dancing ALl Night.

          • Zeik56

            What’s so surprising about them making her canon? They made The Answer canon as well, despite not being part of vanilla P3. They went to the trouble of adding her to Golden, so it seems perfectly understandable they would consider her canon.

          • LightningFarron19

            1. The Answer was not good. It really regressed the characters and basically was pointless due to the character having to fight the same thing that Minato had to seal away anyway.

            2. The Answer is just a small part of Persona 3. It has not been forced on in several other products.

            3. The Answer is not a character that has thoughts and feelings and can act.

          • Zeik56

            Quality is irrelevant to whether something is canon. It doesn’t matter if you liked it or not, that doesn’t change canon.

            And Marie is also a small part of the overall story of Persona 4 and practically everything she has been included in since. There’s nothing to suggest she is at all central to the plot of Ultimax or P4Q (she’s not even included in the base game of Ultimax for crying out loud) and the only reason she has so much focus in the new anime is because she was completely absent from the original anime.

            You’re making a way bigger deal out of this than it deserves.

          • Tyler Beale

            Um…Remember Chrono Phantasma? Where Terumi was a 2MB download but you had to fight him in the Story regardless (and therefore all of the assets are already in the game’s code)? It could be the same deal here. Characters might have to fight Marie in their storylines, not to mention fighting those who want to use her online. So while she may not be available to play as in the “base game”, the related assets will most likely be on the disc (or part of the download) anyways.

            The same goes for Adachi too.

          • Zeik56

            I’m not suggesting she will be completely absent from the game. I bet she and Adachi will have stories and could very well appear in other characters stories. That’s a far cry from a central focus in the story. One character in such a large cast is pretty insignificant.

            And there’s no way she’s the final boss or anything. I’m quite certain of that. She’s a minor character.

          • Vesperion

            What’s wrong with that? It was kinda weird that she was the center of the the new anime, but do i really wanna see all of that same plot again in a 13 episode format after watching 26 episodes of it not even that long ago.

            Also who isn’t in Persona Q that wasn’t a playable/velvet character anyway? it’s just another character.

            You speak like she ruins the game.

          • LightningFarron19

            They are forcing a character that wasn’t part of the investigation team in an established group of characters that we got to really know and contributed to the plot.

            And it’s really grinding my gears because I’m one of those “purists” who likes associating the source material as the true canon.

          • Vesperion

            So this is all because you’re one of those “purist” people? You had a had a whole 6 years to get to really know your characters and have fun with it. Golden was made with a bunch of new and fun features. Marie hardly alters anything.

            social link
            ties with a certain person
            that’s it and story is the same.

            but of course if that’s how you feel, then i respect your opinion.

  • Samuel

    No! I don’t like her :V Gimme Adachi.

    • Zeik56

      They are.

    • LordHyper

      Sir, you literally have Adachi’s Ultimax picture as your avatar.

  • CK Blaze


    Trust in BasedAtlus.

  • Mirai

    Even though I said before I wasn’t going to buy her DLC, is she’s for free in the first week like Adachi, then there’s no reason not to get her.

  • Linka

    Well I had pre-ordered the game to get free Adachi and those tarot cards, but free Marie too? Awesome.

  • Raymond

    Taking a page from skull girls huh?

    Skullgirls also made there new DLC chars before you had to pay for them.

    • PowerSerg

      except they were free for a lot longer.

      • MrJechgo

        Be free for 1 week or free for 3 months… it’s still free stuff in the end, no?

  • MrJechgo

    AWESOME NEWS! Now if they can just reveal Margaret and give her the same treatment ^_^

  • z_merquise

    So it’s similar in Skullgirls’ DLC characters ; free for a limited time.

    Because of Skullgirls, I can see how expensive it is to just create a single fighting game character so I think their situation is justifiable. I think it’s the same case for Arc Sys especially that hand-drawn characters in games are more time-consuming.

  • Espoir

    A Vita port would be nice too. Just saying.

    • Digidyne017

      Right with you, if Blazblue CP (which I’m playing now one my vita) and its prequels have made it to the vita, along with a re-tuned version of Guilty Gear, then Ark System Works has no excuse to not bring this to the vita.

      • Tyler Beale

        Vita version makes sense. Xbox 360 version in Japan does not.

        • Vesperion

          why not?

          • Tyler Beale

            Because Xbox is totally dead in Japan, despite Microsoft’s futile attempts with the Xbox One.

          • Vesperion

            I already knew what you were gonna say, but i just wanna to know how you were gonna say it. The Xbox is pretty dead in Japan, but that has nothing to do with America.

          • Tyler Beale

            Xbox being dead in Japan makes me wonder why bother releasing that version there (much like Destiny, or even Final Fantasy XIII – both games have Xbox versions out here in the West, but in Japan, they’re PS exclusive).

            But then again, Capcom does the exact same thing with their fighters (maybe there’s some professional players in Japan who’d rather use Xbox 360 FightSticks?).

          • Vesperion

            Well they would just waste money over there. 360 games sell fine here. Arena sold ok back when it came out in 2012. It’s what i bought it on

            I knew a few sad people when CP ended up not coming to 360

          • Mastery

            There’s also the whole myth of “PS3 Lag” among the FGC, and you know, the FGC is pretty international.

    • lrdalucard

      I wouldn’t ask that much but if we could stream it from ps3 that would be something. But sony blocked the streaming system for ps3 a few years ago dunno why… (even though it works correctly, has you can see in youtube ppl playing P4A in vita by streaming form a CFW ps3)

      • Tyler Beale

        That “blocking” is just a line of code in each game’s header file. Sony didn’t block it – developers never enabled it.

      • Espoir

        Not everyone has a PS3 or PS4 to ‘stream’. Plus actually playing it rather than streaming is waaaaaaay better >.>

  • James Reilly

    This Persona DLC is already being handled better then the BB DLC.

  • dknighti

    This is so smart, making sure they secure those day one purchases

    • AnotherTime

      Uhm…you can download it without having the game. A smart person would just do that, and buy the game at any other date they could if they couldn’t do it on day one.

  • Arcade Bumstead

    With the way psn dlc works can’t I just download it and use it later

    • Zeik56


  • vileBrenman

    All this free dlc the first week makes the day one purchase of this all the more sweet

  • Kornelious

    Just keeps getting better and better, All we need now is a release date :)

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    And then everyone who contributed to the “PAID CHARACTER DLC? NO BUY ITS ALREADY ON DISC” shitstorm of last thread was forced to hold that.

  • Reki Honoo

    So now we just need the official release date from atlus! And no, i’m not believing the whole september 30th release date, until atlus usa themselves come out and say ultimax will be coming to north america september 30th

  • konpon568

    Everyone should just tag these DLCs to their accounts before the end of that week, and they can worry about buying the game itself later.

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