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#1 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

From Famitsu, Rise has been confirmed to be a playable character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, fighting alongside her Persona Himiko, who has apparently experienced a transformation.

This validates the Best Buy leak that happened last week, which probably means that Ken will be revealed shortly as the next playable character and that the North American release date for the game will be September 16.

(Brighter/larger image here)

Official website updated

#2 Posted by believer258 (12205 posts) -

She had better have a move that involves dropping a giant mic on somebody. Or something along those lines.

Or, you know, she could just fight by swinging a mic on a cord, like a ball-and-chain only with a mic-and-cord.

I didn't even play the first P4A.

#3 Edited by Mcfart (1729 posts) -

Man I haven't played Persona in so long that I read her name as "rise" (rising up)

They've milked P4 so fucking much that I don't even care about it anymore

#4 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1902 posts) -

@mcfart said:

They've milked P4 so fucking much that I don't even care about it anymore

It's rapidly approaching there, isn't it. I wonder how much of this has to do with their recent acquisition.

As for Rise... I don't like it. It feels forced. Hopefully they can find a way to make it work, but I remain skeptical. I am looking forward to seeing what kind of person Ken grew into, though.

#5 Posted by Lyisa (393 posts) -

@viking_funeral: I imagine they were working on a lot of this stuff before the acquisition unless you mean they started this stuff because of Index financial problems.

And Rise is a lover not a fighter.

#6 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3116 posts) -

This actually makes sense because of the story while simultaneously not making sense because of the story.

See, since part of the plot is that imitations of everyone's Shadow selves are rampaging through town, then of course Rise's Shadow is back, and it could definitely fight; so you gotta make a Shadow Rise character to account for that. But since you already have Shadow Rise, it'd be a waste not to make a standard Rise character available, even if she isn't gonna fight in the story itself.

#7 Posted by xyzygy (10078 posts) -

What kind of a move set will she even have? Himiko and Rise were just scanners. I'm glad though, I haven't played P4A and will probably be picking this up since I just recently finished the game for the first time.

#8 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

@xyzygy said:

I'm glad though, I haven't played P4A and will probably be picking this up since I just recently finished the game for the first time.

The P4A2 story picks up from the end of P4A, so I don't know how well you'll be able to initially follow the story because of that. Maybe they'll have a good enough recap.

#9 Posted by StarvingGamer (8558 posts) -

SOOOOO HYYYYYYPE!

#10 Posted by TooWalrus (13257 posts) -

While I'm slightly disappointed they went with Rise over Adachi or Koromaru, I'm still really looking forward to this. I wonder if Fuuka will play a bigger role in this one.

#11 Posted by JeanLuc (3608 posts) -
@lyisa said:

@viking_funeral: I imagine they were working on a lot of this stuff before the acquisition unless you mean they started this stuff because of Index financial problems.

And Rise is a lover not a fighter.

I see what you did there.

#12 Posted by rmanthorp (4057 posts) -

Can't wait to see future Ken.

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#13 Posted by JeanLuc (3608 posts) -

@mcfart said:

They've milked P4 so fucking much that I don't even care about it anymore

It's rapidly approaching there, isn't it. I wonder how much of this has to do with their recent acquisition.

I doubt this game specifically has much to do with the acquisition. Persona 4 Arena had already existed before they were bought and sequels to fighting games with updated characters is incredibly common.

#14 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (1092 posts) -

Hmm... Since ArcSys likes to reuse moves in their games, I can at least see I-No's mic flip being one of Rise's moves.

Looking forward to the console release.

#15 Posted by smokeyd123 (335 posts) -

While I'm slightly disappointed they went with Rise over Adachi or Koromaru, I'm still really looking forward to this. I wonder if Fuuka will play a bigger role in this one.

Tch, didn't even think about Adachi. Now that would be a really good inclusion.

#16 Posted by Damodar (1507 posts) -

She had better have a move that involves dropping a giant mic on somebody. Or something along those lines.

Or, you know, she could just fight by swinging a mic on a cord, like a ball-and-chain only with a mic-and-cord.

I didn't even play the first P4A.

Like GZA in Wu-Tang: Taste The Pain/Shaolin Style?

#17 Posted by Superkenon (1506 posts) -

This is still Persona 4 Arena, after all. Makes sense to throw her into the mix.

Interested in seeing how she plays. Someone with a lot of defensive or "indirect" abilities could be a fun addition to the roster.

#18 Posted by Corevi (5003 posts) -

@smokeyd123: Adachi was at the end of one of the trailers so i dont see how hes not in the game

#19 Posted by Superkenon (1506 posts) -

@toowalrus said:

While I'm slightly disappointed they went with Rise over Adachi or Koromaru, I'm still really looking forward to this. I wonder if Fuuka will play a bigger role in this one.

Tch, didn't even think about Adachi. Now that would be a really good inclusion.

Since Adachi has story presence in this game, I still expect to see him show up as a character. Holdin' out hope, anyway.

#20 Edited by ch3burashka (5257 posts) -

@mcfart said:

Man I haven't played Persona in so long that I read her name as "rise" (rising up)

They've milked P4 so fucking much that I don't even care about it anymore

Don't you fret - the dancing game and the dungeon crawler will drag you back in.

It does feel like they're squeezing everything they can out of the P4 franchise, but I'm legitimately interested in Persona Q - it's made by the Ettryian Oddysey(?) guys, but apparently it doesn't feature robust map-making functionality, so I don't know what to think or expect.

#21 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (1092 posts) -

@superkenon: Come on man! Adachi will be console exclusive! You need to save the best for last.

#22 Edited by Itwongo (1245 posts) -

I'm in. Adachi, Shadow Charlie, fightin' Rise, it's just-- I'm in.

And in regards to milking the franchise, yeah, they're doing it, but I haven't gotten tired of it yet. Putting out a bunch of spinoffs and a remake doesn't drain much outta me. They haven't hit saturation point with me yet. I think at some point I'd like a return to jrpg form with P4 characters to cap it all off, but that raises its own problems.

#23 Posted by Superkenon (1506 posts) -

@irrelevantjohn: Yeah, I figure it's not lost on them that Adachi's one of (if not the) most yearned-for character. It'd be very weird if they went as far as teasing him, adding him to the story, but stopping before making him playable. He's gotta be in.

Or he'll be DLC. Wah, wah.

#24 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -
#25 Edited by IrrelevantJohn (1092 posts) -

@fluxwavez: I'm going to say I don't know since I don't really know that kind of stuff. I'm only speculating on that one famitsu pic alone.

#26 Posted by Superkenon (1506 posts) -

@irrelevantjohn said:

Hmm... Since ArcSys likes to reuse moves in their games, I can at least see I-No's mic flip being one of Rise's moves.

Is it possible to adapt the same animation for a completely different 3D model, based on how they operate with creating their characters?

I'd be somewhat surprised if that were the case, since I'd think their technology/procedures would've changed from the Guilty Gear days. Still, even if it's not by importing the same assets, they've proven to be fond of basing new animations on old ones. Some of Yu's moves are identical to Ky Kiske's, for instance.

Rise using mic-based attacks would be the best shit, either way.

#27 Edited by BigJeffrey (5110 posts) -

Fuck Ken, the dog has probably died already.

#28 Posted by Petiew (1361 posts) -

Yeah, I figure it's not lost on them that Adachi's one of (if not the) most yearned-for character. It'd be very weird if they went as far as teasing him, adding him to the story, but stopping before making him playable. He's gotta be in.

He'll be playable after Jubei and Saya in Blazblue.

#29 Posted by LiquidPrince (16181 posts) -

@mcfart said:

They've milked P4 so fucking much that I don't even care about it anymore

Considering every game that has been associated with P4 has been great so far, I don't see the problem. I don't understand when people say "urgh they've used this franchise so much, blah blah blah." Every game has been unique and fun. RPG, Fighting Game, Dancing Game etc...

#30 Edited by TooWalrus (13257 posts) -

@mcfart said:

They've milked P4 so fucking much that I don't even care about it anymore

Considering every game that has been associated with P4 has been great so far, I don't see the problem. I don't understand when people say "urgh they've used this franchise so much, blah blah blah." Every game has been unique and fun. RPG, Fighting Game, Dancing Game etc...

That's pretty much how I feel, I'm still in love with the characters from both games. Uh... not literally, or anything.

#31 Edited by Mcfart (1729 posts) -

@liquidprince said:

@mcfart said:

They've milked P4 so fucking much that I don't even care about it anymore

Considering every game that has been associated with P4 has been great so far, I don't see the problem. I don't understand when people say "urgh they've used this franchise so much, blah blah blah." Every game has been unique and fun. RPG, Fighting Game, Dancing Game etc...

I didn't really like Persona 4 arena. The visual novel sections were lame. After Golden and its epilogue they kind of wrapped everything up for that cast imo. Now they're just a typical anime cast.

Also Eternian Oddissy seems intimidating (seems very much like classic grindy JRPGS), but I might be down for the dancing game if it's stupid enough

#32 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12123 posts) -

What? Okay. Sure. Let's be real: at this point this game is raw, 100% pure uncut cocaine fanservice. Why wouldn't you just put Rise in your fighting game sequel?

#33 Edited by Nightriff (5362 posts) -

Her special must be calling her opponent Senpai over and over again until there head explodes, calling it.

While I like Rise, I will always be on team Yukiko and I'm weird like that, I attach myself to several characters and stick with them forever, especially in fighting games. I will only play as Fulgor in Killer Instincts as an example, won't touch any other character.

EDIT: Also random question if someone could answer it, I haven't played P4A yet but plan to this year, how should I approach the game? As I just said I tend to stick with a few characters and only play as them (which would be Yukiko and Kanji) but if I remember correctly they all have different story careers...or something? Essentially I'm asking will I need to beat the game with every character for the story or playing it with Charlie once will serve that purpose?

#34 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

@nightriff said:

EDIT: Also random question if someone could answer it, I haven't played P4A yet but plan to this year, how should I approach the game? As I just said I tend to stick with a few characters and only play as them (which would be Yukiko and Kanji) but if I remember correctly they all have different story careers...or something? Essentially I'm asking will I need to beat the game with every character for the story or playing it with Charlie once will serve that purpose?

P4A's is a 20-25 hour story mode with 90% reading and 10% battles, with battles being ridiculously simplistic on the easiest difficulty setting for beginners. To experience all it has to offer, which means what P4AU will directly follow, you would need to play across several of the characters' chapters, which do have a lot of redundancy. This is required not only to fill in details of the story from different character perspectives, but is also required to unlock certain story modes like Labrys' which explains her backstory, Elizabeth's which is probably essential for P4AU and also to unlock the ability to see character chapter epilogues (as they all end on a cliffhanger until you finish Labrys' story mode).

New Details

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will launch for PlayStation 3 in Japan on August 28 for 6,980 yen, this week’s Famitsu reveals.

First-print copies will include an additional scenario downloadable content set.

As leaked earlier, Rise Kujikawa, who acted as navigator in the first game, will be playable in the fighting game sequel. A Shadow version of Rise will also appear.

A new “Golden Arena Mode” has also been added. A battle tournament incorporating RPG elements, players will be able to raise their levels, learn over 150 skills, customize their favorite characters, and build Social Links with the navigator character.

This mode will also be implemented in the arcade version at the end of April.

Outside of the new mode, it appears the story for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax might tie in with that of Persona 4: Dancing All Night.

Read more at http://gematsu.com/2014/04/persona-4-arena-ultimax-hits-ps3-japan-august-28#x08J3OqVlCdMKxqQ.99

#35 Posted by BradBrains (1179 posts) -

Where adachi. That is all I want . Ken was lame.

#36 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (1092 posts) -

@fluxwavez: If I'm reading this right, "Golden Arena Mode" is basically Blazblue's Abyss mode but with social linking?

#37 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

@fluxwavez: If I'm reading this right, "Golden Arena Mode" is basically Blazblue's Abyss mode but with social linking?

Yeah, that seems right.

#38 Edited by Bocam (3826 posts) -

@fluxwavez: @nightriff: Or if reading a visual novel isn't your thing, there's always the manga adaptation (the artist draws great reaction faces).

#39 Posted by SunBroZak (1377 posts) -

I don't care who they add to the roster, just don't make us folk in the UK/EU have to wait a year before we can get the game.

#40 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

@bocam: The manga's story is missing essential elements of P4A's narrative, though. Like, Elizabeth isn't involved in it at all.

@sunbrozak said:

I don't care who they add to the roster, just don't make us folk in the UK/EU have to wait a year before we can get the game.

Unfortunately, region locking might happen because the JPN release is August 28 and the NA release is September 16, which are pretty close together. Here's to hoping it doesn't come to that agian.

#41 Posted by Bocam (3826 posts) -

@fluxwavez: Her story is pretty self contained so I could see why they would've cut it. But after reading the final chapter it seems the manga also cut any hints of the Malevolent Entity. Also I'm pretty sure region locking won't happen as the cost difference between the two versions is smaller (It would actually cost me more money to import an english copy to japan than just buying a japanese copy) due to the yen losing its value

#42 Posted by Dan_CiTi (3526 posts) -

@lyisa said:

@viking_funeral: I imagine they were working on a lot of this stuff before the acquisition unless you mean they started this stuff because of Index financial problems.

And Rise is a lover not a fighter.

Sometimes we must fight for the ones we love.

#43 Posted by SunBroZak (1377 posts) -

@sunbrozak said:

I don't care who they add to the roster, just don't make us folk in the UK/EU have to wait a year before we can get the game.

Unfortunately, region locking might happen because the JPN release is August 28 and the NA release is September 16, which are pretty close together. Here's to hoping it doesn't come to that agian.

At the very least, they could treat it the same way as they did with Chrono Phantasma, giving us a digital-only release not long after the US release. I'd be satisfied with that.

#44 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

#45 Edited by BradBrains (1179 posts) -

thanks for the scans. seems intersting

#46 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

And the ad:

Also, this one shows off some of Golden Arena Mode:

#47 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -
#48 Posted by StarvingGamer (8558 posts) -

Looks like she has a Soul Satellite / Ouroboros thing going, I'll probably be terrible with her.

Still gonna main her though.

#49 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12123 posts) -

Of course one of her supers is slapping the hell out of her opponent.

#50 Posted by Itwongo (1245 posts) -

First-print copies will include an additional scenario downloadable content set.

What's that supposed to be? Like an extra chapter in the story?