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New Persona Fighting Game in the works

Blazblue Director Toshimichi Mori has confirmed that a sequel to 2012’s Persona 4 Arena is currently in the works. Mori unveiled the plans in an interview with Kotaku discussing the game design that went into developing Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle.

Persona 4 Arena has been an afterthought for many fans of anime fighters, having to compete with the likes of Blazblue, Guilty Gear Xrd, and Under Night In-Birth. The game has managed to take the spotlight at EVO 2013 and 2015, albeit with relatively low entries.

That said, the massive success of Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal could prove promising for the spin-off. Persona 5 itself sold well over 3.2 million units not counting the P5R expansion. And a new entry in the series would make sense: Dragon Ball FighterZ and Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle are both hitting season 3 this year.

Some say that it was only a matter of time. Gematsu pointed out in 2017 that the domain was registered (P5U = Persona 5 Ultimax?). Even during 2017’s Arc Revolution Cup, Persona 4 Arena series director Kazuhisa Wada stated that a “Persona 5 Arena” would ride on the coattails of Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle, so long as it was successful.

Christopher Wenzel

One half of The ScrubVerse Podcast. Lover of Shining Force and Guilty Gear. Owner of the most basic Sol Badguy. Will do morally ambiguous things for a remake of Phantasy Star IV. Send Jameson for morale.

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