Today, Atlus announced Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka, a fighting game based on the Persona series of JRPGs. This isn’t any old random unbalanced fighting game adaptation of another franchise though, this is a professional project made by professional fighting game developers. Atlus has signed on Arc System Works, the developers of games such as Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, and Hokuto no Ken to develop the fighting engine. The Persona team is working closely with them to make sure all the characters stay true to their RPG counterparts.
The game takes place two months after the events of Persona 4 and will have a roster of characters from both Persona 4 and Persona 3. The story will tie both sets of characters together, as they appear on a fighting program in the Mayonaka TV universe called P-1 Grand Prix . Arcade, Story, Score Attack, Versus, and Online modes have been confirmed so far. In addition, an article in Famitsu said that the Online Battle mode would allow you to fight against competitors from all over the world, so you might be able to take that as a confirmation of an international release. The game will come out in arcades in Japan in Spring of 2012, and will come to the PS3 and Xbox 360 over the summer.
And don’t you worry, the Persona franchise hasn’t stopped yet. In the same Famitsu article, Atlus teased its development of Persona 5. Basic preparations for game development have been completed and the development staff has been chosen. Katusra Hashino returns as the director, Shigenori Soejima returns as the character designer and Shōji Meguro returns as the main soundtrack composer.
By Angelo M. D’Argenio