Persona 4 Arena Series Director Definitely Wants to Make a ‘Persona 5 Arena’

During the Arc Revolution Cup 2016 fighting game tournament on October 15, 2016, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax director Kazuhisa Wada spoke about the possibility of a Persona 5 Arena.

Wada spoke during the tournament’s medal ceremony—where each featured games director presented prizes to the winners—addressing fan expectations for a new game in the Arena series based on the recently released Persona 5.

Kazuhisa Wada: Regarding a Persona 5 Arena title… We’ve just finished putting our all into Persona 5 itself, so it’d have to be something we’d discuss further down the line.

But I definitely want to make it happen. I’d appreciate it if everyone made their voices heard and sent their requests in regards to this.

The grand finals of the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax side-tournament at Toushinsai 2016 consisted of osyare (an Elizabeth player) against Shiita (a Minazuki player), and Shiita won.

Last year, Wada commented at the Toshin Festival 2015 (or Toushinsai 2015) fighting game tournament on the possibilities of bringing an updated version of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax  to home consoles, stating that Atlus was considering it at the time.

The console version of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was originally released in Japan on August 28, 2014, with the North American version following it on September 30, 2014.

Persona 5 was released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016. It will release in North America and Europe on February 14, 2017, and in traditional Chinese and Korean in 2017.

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  • I know it’s inevitable, but I’m not looking forward to the 10 Persona 5 spin-off games we’ll get over the next 6 or so years.

    • ThinkingOfYou

      Oh well.

  • Metalsnakezero

    We can assume Atlus would want to build the after story of P5 first, either with a spin off or P6, before going with a new Arena game. For now it a possibility that a Persona fighting game will happen.

  • ThinkingOfYou

    Would LOVE for this to happen! Loved the Arena games!

  • Vallen

    Personally, I would prefer them to push out Persona 6 by 2018/2019 – they have a good engine for the PS4/PS3, would be a shame to not utilize it with another SMT or Persona game. The 2006-2008 P3-P4 jump was awesome.

    • Valwin Mediaz

      No Main persona should not be something they shit out all the time

      • Kels

        I agree. Persona 5 was an artistic labor of love that took it’s time and is now reaping the benefits of said development period. Allowing a main Persona game to be churned out would be an insult to the previous installments. Patience, my friend.

        • ElementaB

          Main entry Persona games should be allowed to have all the development time in the world for this level of quality.

      • Oseas

        I disagree. It’s Persona spinoffs that should not be something they shit out all the time.
        Vallen said it best. They have the engine already, so now they can focus solely on characters, story and style. Do the two of you who think otherwise think Persona 4 was something churned out and an “insult to the previous installments”?
        I think the spinoffs and low quality anime that seem like a waste of time to me.

        • finalmoose

          Well they have to pay the bills somehow. Should count your blessings, at least the spin off games aren’t broken messes like so many other games are these days.

          • Oseas

            That’s true, plus for all we know, the profits gained from their spinoffs gave Atlus the freedom and resources they needed to make p5.
            Still, it’d be a shame to waste those assets they painstakingly made and only use them in one game. They should at least use them for an SMT5.

        • Valwin Mediaz

          spinoff are harmless

          • Oseas

            Say that to Kingdom Hearts fans.

          • Valwin Mediaz

            atlus is not square

        • Patrick Honeyman

          I’ll agree with you on the spin-offs acting as filling time until the next numbered title. Thankfully they have been enjoyable enough and haven’t blemished the franchise.

          I don’t think either the P4 or P4 Golden anime series were low quality. Sure they essentially followed the game’s storyline/s and characters on the whole but I think fans would be more upset with an original adaptation. Plus, cross-media promotion is a typical marketing approach to get more consumers invested in Atlus’ series.

          That said, we have been waiting some years for Persona 5. Thankfully its here now though.

      • Vallen

        Wasted opportunity to get 50 mediocre spin offs and not a single other decent full scale game (considering how many demons now have 3D models for current gen)

      • Jason Ryer

        Persona 6 is already in development. Pretty much Persona games come out 18 months apart in duology then several year gaps.

  • AJ

    Not sure what say about this..But as long as Toshimichi Mori isn’t involved with the characters and story then I’ll be alright.

  • TheMagicmastere

    I would definately play P5 and Arena.

  • Daemyx

    More fighting games, yes please!

  • Irving Lee

    Nope, no thanks. First of all, the Arena games had terrible story and characterizations. Second of all, the P5 cast doesn’t gel as well as P4 did. The characters are great, but the team dynamic feels off.

  • ElementaB
  • James Li

    Well I’d prefer this over a stupid dancing game.
    I still want P3FES on Vita.

  • Jason Ryer

    Exspect a 12 yr gap between Persona 6 and 7 with 6 coming around 2018-19.

    Math P1-1996 |P2 PART1 1999 P2 PART 2 2000 | p3 2006 p4 2008|p5 2016 P6 2018|

  • Strain42

    I’d rather we just get a Persona 4 Arena 3 rather than a Persona 5 Arena because Ultimax tried so hard to wrap up the loose ends, only to leave plenty more untouched. Elizabeth got literally zero story progression, we know Sho is gonna go off and do stuff, there are still unanswered questions regarding the Public Safety Offices investigation of Mitsuru and the Shadow Operatives…heck, there’s a lot more we could actually learn about the SO’s period.

    I know it’s unlikely, but I’d rather they take care of the loose threads they have now before they try and spin new ones.

  • Hmmmmmrgh, I dunno how I feel about this…

  • sdots

    After the mess that was Ultimax, no thanks. I can only imagine the loose endings with the P3, P4 and P5 casts together. Even P4A, that was fun, isn’t exactly an example of great writing.