Game publisher Atlus has announced plans to bring the RPGs Shin Megami Sensei: Persona 3 and Persona 4 to current-generation consoles in the form of a fighting game.
Persona 4 Arena, a spinoff from the company's Persona series of roleplaying games, is being developed in partnership with genre master Arc System Works. The game, known as Persona 4 Arena, will use hand-drawn, high definition 2D anime-style fighters and colorful, over-the-top special effects to bring to life characters from RPGs Persona 3 and Persona 4.
Backed up by an original, hardcore fighting engine from one of the most respected 2D fighting game developers in the industry, Persona 4 Arena represents the most radical expansion of the esteemed series to date.
"The Persona series has had tremendous success in North America, and Persona 4 in particular opened the series up to wider audiences than ever before," said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ATLUS. "Now we're looking to expand Persona even further by teaming up with a very strong partner, Arc System Works, to move the franchise outside of the RPG genre and develop its potential in new and exciting ways."
Persona 4 Arena is scheduled to release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems this summer.