Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Shipments Reach 230,000 Copies

By Ishaan . November 6, 2014 . 4:02pm

In their latest earnings report, Sega say that they have shipped 230,000 copies of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax across Japan and the U.S., as of September 30th, 2014.


Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a follow-up to Persona 4 Arena, a fighting game that continues the stories of Persona 3 and Persona 4. It was released in Japanese arcades in 2013, following a console release in August 2014.


The U.S. saw the game on September 30th, so the shipment figure only takes into the account Ultimax’s initial shipment in the U.S.

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  • Silver_shion

    Excellent game.
    Awesome game mechanics, Ok story , and one of the best netcodes on PS3.

  • KingGunblader

    “In their latest earnings report, Sega say that they have shipped 230,000 copies of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax across Japan and the U.S., as of September 30th, 2014.”

    For a second, I forgot Sega owns Atlus now, and I did a triple-take.

    I’m sure Atlus would be jumping for joy at these numbers, it’s harder to say for Sega though.

  • Shippoyasha

    Makes me wonder if they might have another sequel coming at this rate. This series is pretty incredible. Maybe it’s time they have P5 characters as well, if they make a sequel after P5 is released?

    • Diarek

      If P5 has a decent success, you can bet there will be incoming milking. What you should hope is that it will be FES’s and P3P’s kind of milking, not P4 Golden Animation nor Q nor freaking Dancing All Night’s kinds. I dont bashing the gameplay or the enjoyment of its audience (heck, Dancing All Night might be the push for me to finally get a Vita even), but those contents are shallow in term of addition to the franchise overall.

      • Zeik56

        I find it odd that you consider rereleasing the same game with more content (FES and P3P) a less shallow addition to the franchise than completely new products. Q may be pure fanservice, but it is a completely new product with 100% new content.

        I don’t blame you for preferring those updates to the weird spin-offs, since they tend to stay the most true to the core series that people love, but at the same time they’re the most rehashed form of content they can release.

      • Shippoyasha

        To be fair, they are pure spinoffs for the most part. At least they are working on entirely new sequels. People are likely going to say Atlus is ‘milking it’ even if they did an RPG sequel to Persona 2, 3 or 4 that added substantially to the games’ lore.

        Personally, I’m fine with all of the above. I’m cool with them letting other developers have a hand with their genre specialties. It has been much more of a consistent run than the up and down FF7 spinoff sagas.

        Though I really do hope they could someday do a Persona series that could potentially run through multiple games, or even revisit P2-4 and do more adventures with established characters. Hell, maybe even doing a canonical crossover within the Persona (or even the SMT mainline) universe.

    • LightningFarron19

      They are going to do what Square Enix does:

      1. Come out with the original game (FF13 and P4 for example)
      2. See how successful that product is (critic, sales, fan, miscellaneous)
      3. ask people if they would like to see a continuation to the series an measure it from there
      4. see if there is a global demand for the product
      5. Ask the development team if they are willing to work on it
      6. Make said sequel(s) if everything falls into place.

      As long as Atlus does not pull a “FF10 HD audio book” fiasco, I think that will happen.

    • E.T.993

      I think the Persona 4 Ultimax series is pretty much the sequel to the original game+anime.

  • BabyChooChoo

    I feel it says a lot that this game (and the first for that matter) shipping 230K copies is considered a success, yet you-know-who can’t be arsed to put work into a series unless the latest entry sells more than 2 MILLION copies. Call me crazy, but something somewhere seems kinda fucked up.

    Whatever though. Good on ’em. Ultimax is reeeeeeally fun.

    • KingGunblader

      Assuming you and I are thinking of the same ‘you-know-who,’ I can only assume that this game cost substantially less to make than ‘you-know-what,’ thereby lowering the barrier of profitability.

      • Hound

        And yet “you know who” still can’t fix some of the ugliest-looking 3D character models ever seen in a fighting game since the Sega Saturn… or clay fighter

        • indices

          Darn that Voldemort, why can’t he make some good games

        • aizen310

          >mentioned Clay Fighter

          I lol’d. That game is a sin :D

    • lackofstyle

      in defense of “they who shall not be named”, fighting games normally don’t sell such high numbers, when compared to other genres. So these number are especially high all things considered.

    • LightningFarron19

      I don’t like the fact that it says “SHIPPED 230,000 copies” that does not mean sold. It’s that same bullshit that Activision is doing with Destiny by saying “Oh Destiny has 9.4 million registered users”.

      We don’t care how much you have shipped or registered because the sales are the variables that we care about. How many people went out, said “I’m going to buy this product!”, and purchased it.

      Sales = profit, not “registered users”, not “shipped units”, SALES.

      • Slayven19

        Well if its shipped to gamestop that’s still money in atlus pocket so it is a profit.

      • Mr_SP

        Shipped units ARE profit. Sold units are profit for retailers, not ATLUS, and slightly harder to get numbers for.

  • HarakiriKami

    Wonderfuru 101 level sales huh

  • James Reilly

    For a fighting game this is pretty good. The sales are not as strong as the first Arena game, but this game was probably cheaper to make considering they have the foundation already done.

  • Alestaos

    Didn’t play Persona Arena but have played P4G and P3P if it’s a sequel to Arena story wise will I be lost or is this a case where it’s been re released and DLC or new content has been added to sell the game?

    • Quizler

      The entire story of the first P4A is available as DLC so you don’t need the original anymore if that helps.

      • Mr_SP

        Specifically, $10 DLC. That’s probably cheaper than buying Arena.

      • aizen310

        P4A? Not the regular Persona 4 just in fighting game form?

        • Quizler

          That would probably take tons of work, worth much more than 10 dollars if it was DLC.

          • aizen310

            Didn’t touched the game’s main story, but the DLC’s picture on the TV in the menu’s background says “Persona 4”, not “Persona 4 Arena”, even the logo is the plain old “Persona 4”. And the DLC’s name on the selection screen is P4 Story Mode if I remember right.

    • Ultimax is a sequel to Arena story wise so you may want to get the story for the first P4A from the PSN Store (it’s available as DLC). And there has been character DLC :)

  • aizen310

    No japanese dub, no buy. They had the “power” to include, but they choose to not in exchange for region free games. Well, F U too ATLUS.

    • greeeed

      yet Japanese version have English dub…..

      • aizen310

        It has? I assume no english text though, huh?

        • Haunter!

          Both versions have dual audio tracks.

          • aizen310

            False. Only battle voices are in japanese. I want to experience/enjoy the story mode with japanese dub.

    • ZEROthefirst

      Both versions of the game have dual audio, but regardless if you’re going to whine and cry about a company even bothering to localize a game and possibly not giving you the Japanese dub then please shut up and don’t buy it or just import it and do us all a favor so we don’t hear you crying about such a petty thing.

      • aizen310

        Dafuq are talking about people?

        Ehh… Atlus actually one of my favorite publishers/developers, believe it ot not.
        P4U only has japanese voice as battle voices. No story mode voices in japanese, and I need that + english text, because the english dub is making me vomit. I’m not from US or other english speaking territory. English dub does not give an extra layer of enjoyment since it’s not my motherlanguage. That’s why I’m feeling better with japanese. It sounds more appropriate to me. Can I complain about why the inferior P4A had dual-audio, while this superior version don’t have?

        • ZEROthefirst

          You’re just being entitled, just because YOU want another audio track all around doesn’t mean you should get it. If you don’t want to support a localization and expect a developer to continue to localize a series AND spend more to license the other audio tracks then you’re not thinking this through in the least.

          I live in the U.S. now, but I wasn’t born in the U.S. either, I was born in Ireland (we don’t all speak English natively, especially in the country where most people still speak Celtic) so learning different languages for things is a price to pay. If you’re going to whine about how you personally think the English tracks are so horrendous that they make you vomit, then by all means stop being an entitled child and learn Japanese (you took the time to learn English as did I so you can take the time to learn another language) or support the game and see if possible DLC can come with full Japanese voice over in the future.

          I understand that you might not like the English dub, but please be mature about it and don’t think you’re entitled to anything you want. Companies are here to make money, not satisfy everyone’s wants when there’s a possibility that it won’t benefit them with profits.

          • aizen310

            Entitled? ENTITLED? I just want a feature that was there to begin with :/

            You stated things you shouldn’t. But I won’t bother with them since I don’t want to start a quarrel. Neither you, I presume. So leave it at that, please.

          • Haunter!

            You sound extremely entitled when you’re whining like that.

          • aizen310

            You know what? Yes. I AM entitled. And whiny. I am everything that is wrong. I am the anti-christ. I kick puppies too.

          • Setsu Oh

            my60bucks entitle me to decide wether or not i want a meh dub with ppl reading their texts or a jp dub with ppl LIVING them. listen to clementine in walkingdead then listen to nanako and tell me both are the same quality.
            by buying the product they sell half to one’ss taste the message is sent that it is ok to keep the ebst dub in japan, the idiot westerners will not know how horrid the english one is anyway.
            like cutting alcohol with water.

            have your fun if you want, but if i had played p3&4 on ps2 i would have had those games in my top 10 now im too old to enjoy them. i still cringe at some …listen to rise’s alternate in p4golden when she appears on tv and tell me its a good dub. i dare ya.

          • ZEROthefirst

            Obviously you’re correct, it’s you decision to spend your money on whatever you buy. The point I was trying to make to aizen310 is that a company will not show support to a series or franchise if the fans or consumer shows no support for it as well. While the game may not have FULL Japanese voice overs, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be something in the future if the game is received well enough. Persona 4 Arena and Ultimax aren’t huge sellers so obviously a company will make some cuts to compensate for losses if sales are low.

            Whether you think the English dub is horrible or not, that is only your opinion, not a fact (of course if we’re talking about Higurashi or late 80’s early 90’s dubs, then those are by all means scratch your ears off bad). There are people who vastly prefer dubs to subs and the other way around. Or like myself I am grateful if I get either of the 2 for an official release, but for the most part would prefer a dub for one reason: accents. The Japanese cannot do accents for other languages, and what we get for the most part is extremely broken other languages (yes some are done well every now and then, but for the most part it is extremely bad broken speech, Asuka speaking German in the Japanese version is a perfect example of a 2nd language being horrendously bad in Japanese).

            There are also plenty of series’ that fans or not will even agree to the English and or another language dub being better. The Dragon Ball franchise (large muscular men and their enemies are not supposed to sound like 10 yr olds with their jewels in a vice) being a perfect example. Dubs have definitely gone up in quality over the years and if you take the time to actually listen to some you would understand this.

          • Setsu Oh

            you underestimate the nails on a blackboard effect of eng dubs for some, and forget that last year a tales high spheres employee was surprised westerners asked jp over en: you are not guara,tied to be heard.
            we are talking about a culture, a way of doing things, that their own memebers criticsied as ‘doing the thing that works over and over again’. after all, if they sell more in japan, they listen to japan first and wont care much about the west until 2-3 games in which is YEARS of having horrid dubs. whereas if one company tries dual,it works and the company who doesnt doesnt sell, they might try it THE VERY NEXT TIME.
            i paid way too much for my vesperia. i promised myself, NEVER AGAIN.

    • MinakoArisato

      Hmmm, sorry, I try my best, but I just can’t really understand you.
      I am German, so English isn’t my mother-language as well. But still, I actually like the english VC a lot more than the japanese. Because I grew with them.

      Did you play the RPGs? If yes, what language? And please don’t get me wrong, there are many bad localizations out there, even in English, but especially the Persona-voicecast does an excellent job in my opinion, and I often notice, that I am not alone there.
      Yes, Igor and Margaret sound kinda off in that game, thats undenieable, but… Well, I just don’t get your problem, not saying that you are wrong, but I simply don’t get it.

      Just because they did’nt do japanese voices in the story makes you saying that you blame Atlus for it? Is it that?

      • aizen310

        If it’s about a game based on japanese people in a japanese setting OR if it’s a manga/anime adaptation, then I play undubs or dual-audio games like… 95% of the time.

        I blame ATLUS. Who else? Capcom? Ubisoft? Arc System Works most probably would included full dual-audio based on ASW games published in the past. And it was ATLUS’ call for a fact. It had something to do with region free-ness.

        • MinakoArisato

          Yeah… you are right. Atlus is ****ing insane to put up something like that! Lets hate them together!

          • aizen310

            People can be so dense *sigh*
            Like I said below, ATLUS is one of my favorite publishers/developers. Can we just agree on that it was a d**k move?

            Just because you actually enjoy the english VAs doesn’t mean I have to. There was a feature for me, for us, who prefer seiyuus, but ultimately scrapped for… whatever corporal reasons.

            I am not an ATLUS hater goddamit, but I can blame them if they screw things up now, can I? Or should I just accept the european SMT4 fiasco too, because they are called ATLUS? I don’t think so.

            It’s not about that they don’t provide dual-audio in their games because licensing and what-not… it’s about the fact that they had every tool and rights to include the full jap VA track in THIS particular game, but they just didn’t. And the most insulting of all is that it was not a technical issue; this decision was made to not being able to import the game in exchange for region free content.

          • MinakoArisato

            Yes sorry, maybe I just wasn’t in an all too good mood back then, sorry.

          • aizen310

            Okay, then :D

  • ivanchu77

    Considering it was made by ASW i suppose these must be pretty good sales for them right?

  • Rol

    It it’s this successful, perhaps they can stop worrying about reverse importing and leave the dual language option in the game going forward? Perhaps as DLC at a later date?

    • ZEROthefirst

      Possibly, some games have gotten extra audio tracks as DLC down the road so if this is successful enough I wouldn’t bet against it.

    • MinakoArisato

      You don’t like the english VC?

      • Rol

        I think it would be more accurate to say I prefer original voices. If the original game had English voices (i.e. Mass Effect) I would prefer the English voices. If the original game had Japanese voices, like this game, I would prefer the game in Japanese with English subtitles. It’s pretty much how I prefer everything, including movies.

  • devilmaycry0917

    i will never buy anything from Atlus
    fuck u

    • MinakoArisato

      Dayum… now you showed Atlus who is boss!
      I bet they never will recover from that absolute glorious attack of yours…

    • PegasusOrgans

      Yeah, FUCK small publishers! We lovers of the big boys Capcom and Konami gotta stick together!

  • Skode

    Holy smokes… people ranting about the english dubs when they are buying in english native speaking countries AGAIN!!!

    Thats unique at least i hope with this game though – how often do you hear people cry fake tears about how awful they consider the VAs to be in the story sections… of a FIGHTING game haha

    • Dr. Claw

      Compared to the amount of saltine whinging about people who prefer to hear Japanese voice acting in their fighting games…?

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