Atlus clearly has nothing to hide about their upcoming fighting game, Persona 4 Arena. A consistent stream of trailers has steadily rolled in ever since the game’s massive showing at E3 this year, and each consecutive reveal confirms why the hype surrounding this game is so huge. Atlus definitely believes they have a hit on their hands with his one.
And why not? 2D Fighters are still a viable genre these days with all the classic Capcom and Namco series just as popular as they’ve ever been. They don’t draw in the same numbers as shooting games do, but comfortable sales numbers prove that a market for them still exists. Atlus has the potential on their hands to not only capture this large crowd of fighting game enthusiasts, as the Persona franchise also promises to lure in the JRPG crowd who consider it to be the hottest on the market right now.
Arc Systems Works is going all out to blend their brand of intense high-resolution fighting with the extensive storytelling the Persona games are know for. A 40 hour single player campaign for a fighting game is unheard of, but if any crowd of people can do it, it’s the ones who will pump 80 to 120 hours into a Shin Megami Tensei game.
The latest trailer is specially garnered towards both crowd of gamers, balancing the pixel-perfect gameplay fighting game fans crave with the JRPG storytelling back by ridiculous J-Pop. Anime cutscenes will flesh out the entire story in between bouts, so be prepared for a lot of heavy handed plot turns and ridiculous voice acting.
Each is allowed to his own opinions of English voice actors in Japanese video games, but Atlus has always done a fine job gathering talent to portray their characters. The entire cast will reprise their respective roles from Persona 3 and Persona 4, along with one new character revealed in the trailer as well.
Persona 4 Arena will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 7th. Pre-Ordering the game scores you a copy of the game’s soundtrack.