There’s no denying that a lot of people love the Persona series; it has cemented itself as one of the most beloved JRPG franchises in recent years. Many fans gravitate towards a specific game in the series, as each installment has its own unique cast of likable characters and a different narrative to immerse yourself in. Although we’re still hoping for the likes of Persona 4 Golden on Nintendo Switch, we will be able to have fun with the Investigation Team in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on March 17, 2022. With that in mind, here are four things you should know about Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Nintendo Switch (and PlayStation 4 and Steam).
1. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a comprehensive Persona 4 sequel.
The original Persona 4 fighting game, simply called Persona 4 Arena, was released in 2012 and served as a direct sequel to Persona 4. Arena Ultimax continues the story of its predecessor, essentially taking place immediately after the previous game’s events and providing a conclusion to the whole narrative. Fortunately, the version of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax coming to Nintendo Switch and other platforms also includes the story content from Persona 4 Arena, allowing you to experience the full storyline from both games.
The story takes place two months after Persona 4 and focuses on another supernatural phenomenon, a mysterious red fog. This time, the Investigation Team meets and joins forces with assorted Persona 3 protagonists, now operating as the Shadow Operatives, in order to unravel the mystery of what’s going on in Inaba.
Although it’s best to experience Persona 4 Golden prior to experiencing Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the game does a solid job of explaining past events. Of course, that will also utterly spoil some major events of Persona 4 and probably even Persona 3, if you had planned on playing either one. With that in mind, hopefully we will receive the rumored Switch ports of Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden sometime in 2022.
2. It’s packed with all previously released content.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Nintendo Switch will include all previously released content for the game, including the DLC episode focusing on Adachi’s perspective. All characters available in the original version will be playable, including Shadow versions of most of the characters, which, unlike with character model differences in most fighting games, actually offer alternate fighting styles.
Changes made in the substantial 2.0 update back in 2015 will also be included in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for Nintendo Switch. Back then, the patch added a variety of balance changes, in addition to some reworked mechanics for the aforementioned Shadow characters. And of course, all the old game modes are returning for Arena Ultimax on Switch.
3. Don’t underestimate the competitive scene.
Now that Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is making a return, the competitive scene for the game is likely to make a resurgence. However, the game is still currently being featured in tournaments nearly eight years after its original release. The most notable Persona 4 Arena Ultimax players are likely to migrate to this new port or return to the game if they had lapsed. If you’re into esports or competitive fighting games, then prepare for one of the more interesting games to watch at a high level of play. Hopefully, Atlus and Sega will support this side of the game for years to come. Although, Atlus has notably yet to confirm whether this port will feature cross-play of any kind.
4. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is just a fun time.
Arc System Works developed Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, a prominent developer in the fighting game space. You may know it for its work on BlazBlue, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more recently Guilty Gear Strive. This studio does an excellent job at providing some of the most visually striking games in the genre, and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is no exception with its smooth animations.
The gameplay itself is what you’d expect from a modern fighting game, with some alterations to accommodate for the series’s Persona mechanics. Essentially, you will be duking it out against a variety of beloved Persona 3 and 4 characters, using iconic skills, burst attacks, and all sorts of fighting game shenanigans. It’s another one of those instances where the game is easy to learn, but hard to master, as there are a lot of mechanics to get used to.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax launches digitally in the West for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC via Steam on March 17, 2022. The game is not currently planned to see a physical release in the West. Are you excited for the return of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax?