Atlus announces Persona 4 for PlayStation Vita
With a single announcement, Atlus has assured that I’ll be buying a PlayStation Vita at launch. The PlayStation 2 classic Persona 4 will be coming to the PlayStation Vita as Persona 4: The Golden with a few cosmetic changes, additional character voice-overs, and other features to take advantage of the new platform (more features after the break).
Persona 4: The Golden will be getting several changes from the original:
- Added Personas
- Added character outfits
- A new character named Mary, voiced by Kana Hanazawa (yay)
- 1.5 times the voice of the PS2 version
- 3G and Wi-Fi support
- Wireless support for calling on others to help you when you’re about to die in a dungeon.
- Other elements that fans of the original have heavily requested
- New opening anime with new song from Shouji Meguro
- New animation movies
In an interview with Famitsu, SMT:P producer Katsura Hashino said that PE 4 was originally slated for the PSP. However, recounting the amount of content that they had to remove for Persona 3 Portable, Hashino decided to port everything onto the Vita to make sure that they’ll be able to fit as much content from the PS2 version as possible.
Aside from Persona 4: The Golden, Altus will also be releasing a 2D fighting game called Persona 4: The Ultimate In Mayonaka Arena. This is slated for release on the arcade in Spring 2012, then for PS3 and Xbox 360 in Summer 2012 (no U.S. release dates yet :().
Altus will be working with Arc System Works, developer of the BlazBlue franchise to create a fighting game that features characters for both Persona 3 and Persona 4. The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena story takes place 2 months after the event of Persona 4.
Oh, and Atlus has already hinted that there will be a Persona 5 so start saving.Persona 4, Persona 4: The Golden, PlayStation Vita