If you missed it during the hoopla at last year’s Game Awards, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the excellent 2D fighter based on the RPG series, is coming to modern systems this year. Ultimax was the sequel to the original Persona 4 Arena, with new characters, rebalanced fighters, and a new story mode. It’s also one of the only fighting games I’m any good at, so I’m happy to have it coming to a modern system. And today, Atlus released a new trailer that pretty much acts as a supercut of all the roster’s fighting styles.
The Persona 4 Arena series’ adaptation of a set of turn-based RPG characters into full-fledged fighters, complete with all the gorgeous, flashy style of an Arc System Works game, is what has elevated it above other Persona spin-offs for me. Persona 5 Strikers also accomplished this in the format of a Musou game, but I’m not as hot on that one for other reasons (that you can read about here).
Check out the full video here:
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Switch on March 17, and will include all the DLC in the original game. That includes things like music, cosmetics for each fighter, and a separate story mode tied to one of the playable characters. On top of all of this, it will also include the story mode that came with the original Persona 4 Arena. That way, those who didn’t play the first game will still get the full Arena story.
As Atlus previously announced, Ultimax is also available as part of a Midnight Channel Collection on Steam, which includes Persona 4 Golden. If you’ve already bought the RPG that spawned the fighting game, you’ll get a 30% discount on Ultimax.
Now if only they’d make a Persona 5 Arena so I could play as Ryuji Sakamoto.