Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Staggers Releasing Downloadable Characters In Japan

By Spencer . August 28, 2014 . 11:18pm

p4uadPersona 4 Arena Ultimax comes out on in Japan about a month before the fighting game launches in North America. However, while Marie and Adachi will be available at launch, Japan’s DLC schedule is different.


Adachi will be available beginning September 4 for 800 yen. Adachi includes an extra story called Episode Adachi, a glasses option, six colors plus an additional two colors for offline mode.


Marie from Persona 4 Golden comes out a week later on September 11. Like Adachi, Marie costs 800 yen and she also has a glasses option, six colors plus two offline colors. Players will also get Marie D, Marie E, and Kaguya icons which can be used to customize a player’s P-Card.


Finally, Margaret, the sadistic stud-keeping secretary, comes out on September 25. For 800 yen, you’ll get Margaret as a playable character, a glasses option, six colors plus two offline colors, Margaret B, Margaret C, Cu Chulainn, Yoshitsune, and Ardha P-card icons.


In North America, Adachi and Marie will be free to download for the first week the game launches. Margaret comes out on September 30 and will be paid DLC.

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  • FivePointedTheStar

    Japan is not getting the first week free DLC thing they’re doing in the USA?

    • James Reilly

      Unless they preorder the physical copy. No deal for Marie or Margaret but NA has to pay for Margaret regardless

  • AlphaSixNine

    Forgive me for being a bit off-topic but this has been bothering me so I want confirmation if anyone can. Is it true that the JP release of P4: Ultimax has dual-audio and that they changed Igor’s English VA completely? I really liked his original voice so I’ll be a bit disappointed if Atlus really changed it.

    Though can’t really say yet if I like or hate the new voice yet with just this video.

    • Kaitsu

      They should’ve at least made him sound more impish. Wtf?

    • syrup

      Yes, it has English and Japanese audio selectable. It DOES NOT have English text selectable. I haven’t played with in English voices but it seems legit.

      • aizen310

        After tinkering with the files, I know for a FACT that it contains the full english text and with english textures, it’s just not selectable. Also the three characters are on-disc DLC-s.

        • Afternoon Intergalactic

          Margaret is not complete on the disc, from what I have heard. Could be wrong though.

          • aizen310

            Well, she definitely has her portraits on disc as BMPs, and I found traces of sound files here and there. While I didn’t able to play back said sound files, the naming made it somewhat obvious.

          • Afternoon Intergalactic

            Shes got some stuff on the disc but iirc some people discovered that the character isnt playable. Oh well, it really doesnt change the fact its still on there I guess

          • aizen310

            Well, the partially on disc appearance could explain why Margaret is available more later than Adachi and Marie. Though I’m pretty sure Adachi and Marie are fully on disc.

    • Arizato

      I haven’t delved into the story mode yet and heard Igor’s voice, but I can swear that Margaret’s english voice actress has been replaced.

    • Serph

      My god, they both suck ass.

    • Smooosh

      Igor’s original voice actor died quite a while ago if I recall correctly…

      • AlphaSixNine

        Yes but I’m talking about the English VA here. I know Igor’s VA is gonna need replacement eventually in JP but I didn’t expect the English VA would change too. I really loved the original. It’s like iconic to me now. D:

        • Smooosh

          Oh, well in that case I have no clue, sorry. :/

        • Jey

          he.. he died?? oh my =(

          He was a perfect voice for Igor.. i hope they get some quality replacement for Persona 5.

          The one in the above video is beyond terrible and monotonous

          • Gojira Twit

            Well he’s more of a match for Margaret now, I guess.

    • ThatGuy3190_7

      They sound like Youtube fan-dubbers. :/

    • Wow, did he sounded deep voiced or something? Wonder what happened to Dan Woren, his previous english VA.

      That is a newly recorded line, it seems. I wonder if ATLUS was finally able to pass the late Isamu Tanonaka’s mantle of Igor to a new seiyuu.

    • aizen310

      It contains english text as well, you just not allowed to select it.

    • Vesperion

      Yeah the game is full dual audio. I haven’t heard Igor, but Margaret, and Naoto have different VA’s

  • Surf

    Adachi and Marie are already on dic which is annoying (if you improted) Margaret isn’t though

  • MinakoArisato

    I am interested in what is to come.
    Because there is still an empty DLC-slot in the homepage of P4U.
    Ist it a new character? Or is it downloadable avatars?

    • Hexodious

      Download avatars, icons and all that minor stuff, it’s even displayed in the icon itself.

      • MinakoArisato

        The “Coming soon…”-one? I just see static there…

        • Sound like ATLUS is being a mischievous tease. Which is good hopefully, with the vacant DLC slot that you mentioned.

          • MinakoArisato

            Yea right? It leaves space for imagination…

          • Afternoon Intergalactic

            I’m almost certain there is a dlc character still in the works.

          • Zeik56


          • Afternoon Intergalactic

            If that happens I will drop yukari in a heartbeat.

          • MinakoArisato

            But who is it gonna be?
            There is not much left… P3 Protagonists, Theodore, Shinjiro, Metis (Very unlikely), Fuuka, or maybe one of Strega? Maybe Namatame?

            Maybe a non Persona User? That would make the list bigger but… nah.

          • Afternoon Intergalactic

            I have no idea, and that’s what makes it so exciting! I would kill to have Metis in this game… if only.

          • MinakoArisato

            Well, its techniquely possible, but Aigis would need some extreme shock to reject her human self again.

            But one thing bothers me. Why the heck is Theodore canon?

            I mean, the assistants of Igor all resemble Anima and Animus. Makoto is heterosexual, so inside his psyche, there is Anima, the woman inside man, or his picture of an ideal woman, which is Elizabeth.

            The same goes for Margaret and Yu.
            But with Minako (FeMC), who is a girl, an Animus was introduced, Theodore. He is Minako’s picture of an ideal man.
            She also had an Anima, Elizabeth, which brings me to the conclusion, that she was bisexual, but enough of that.

            Theodore is part of Minako’s Psyche. Why is he canon, while the source of him isn’t? Its confusing me and I kinda get frustrated, because of that. Many say that Minako is not canon, that I do understand, but why the heck does Theodore have to be around? He isn’t canon as well…

          • Afternoon Intergalactic

            The reasoning I’ve heard is the usual “Velvet room transcends multiple universes” stuff and that the Minako story took place in a separate universe. I’ve only played FES, so I don’t have enough knowledge to come to my own conclusions.

            And applying the anima/animus concept is intriguing, I never thought of it like that. Thanks for the insight!

          • MinakoArisato

            Yeah I did a lot of text about P3’s theme of death, the many symbols and the parallels to C.G. Jungs analytical psychology. Its kinda the reason why I love P3 so much, because there is a lot more to find under the surface, which makes this game even better considering the many symbols that were brought in.

            But if the velvet room is one realm that connects many worlds, then Minako is canon. She is only sepperated by alternate univeres and the proof of that is Theodore. That, or one of the MCs, Makoto or Yu, is bisexual.

            Choose which one of the theories you like better.

    • God

      Is it “him”, or maybe that one badass axe user? I don’t think so, but it sure would be nice… odds are it’s Fuka or it never was a character to begin with.

      • MinakoArisato

        Its simply a possibility. Chances are, there might be a second DLC page.

  • Snorlaxation

    I’m getting Adachi, then Marie, then eventually Margaret, and then I’ll get the game. (If all goes well).

  • im not getting the dlc for the jp version. it gives me more of a reason to buy the na version aswell

    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      In the same boat with you

      • also not playing the story aswell

  • Barrylocke89

    I haven’t been keeping up (not into fighting games, so I may just watch the plot portions online later). Does this mean that only Adachi gets an episode, and Marie and Margaret are just playable characters?

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    It’s worth a mention that adachi was free for physical copies of the game, but not digitally.

    Been spending some hours in the lab and am enjoying the heck outta this game

  • Ryan Marsh Thunder Fairweather

    I love the new characters. This is the first game I got from the Japanese store because I just couldn’t wait for western release, too big a Persona fan. I will likely wait to get a western copy as well for free characters. Those psn cards are pricey!

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