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.