So, yeah, its probably Mayonaka Arena. Compare with the logo:
Atlus USA is being coy again.
You know, as niche as Persona still may be over here, I wouldn't be surprised by a simultaneous announcement from both Atlus JP and Atlus USA, just so we don't have to get the translated news before they can deliver it. But I knew that splash screen in the background meant something, and you're right, it's 99.9999% definitely a Mayonaka Arena announcement. I wonder what they're gonna call it here.
Why are people ruling out Persona 5 so early? Maybe the box art for that game also uses that splash stuff. It certainly wouldn't be the first time this type of thing happened :P.
I don't understand why people keep suggesting a Persona 5 when Atlus USA teases anything. They don't actually make games and it's extremely unlikely that they'd be teasing a game that would then be announced by the Japanese branch.
Do you think they'll change 'Mayonaka' in an English release?
Of course they will. As far as I know, 'mayonaka' means midnight in Japanese; it's not a proper noun.
Mayonaka is indeed the Japanese word for midnight, thus "Mayonaka TV" was translated as "Midnight Channel." I imagine that the game will be entitled something like Persona 4: The Ultimate Midnight Arena; though if Atlus USA really wants to make it a long title, they'll probably append the Shin Megami Tensei branding to it as they do with every Megami Tensei game they release.
I think people are missing the big thing here. By teasing it in February we maybe looking at a simultaneous Japan/NA release.
Oh, I'm definitely not missing that. I believe that it's unusual for Atlus USA to tease a game before it even has a Japanese release date, so hopefully that means something.
I thought you could use an even more beloved game in that comment.
In all seriousness, as somebody who's wittingly dumb enough to actually be okay with importing it if the Japanese edition was super far ahead of the English one (as if I haven't spent enough money this year poorly enough on Personagoods and will not continue to do so), my wallet is secretly grateful that a simultaneous release is looking pretty likely. If that turns out to be the case, people will probably really harass Atlus USA for dual voice options more than usual, but whatever. Once all that stuff is out of the way, my only question is when the official Mad Catz Tournament Edition Chie fight stick will be a tangible item for purchase.
If that turns out to be the case, people will probably really harass Atlus USA for dual voice options more than usual, but whatever. Once all that stuff is out of the way, my only question is when the official Mad Catz Tournament Edition Chie fight stick will be a tangible item for purchase.
Duel voices would be cool. I can see why they wouldn't do that for the full games. All that dialogue must take up space. With a fighting game is makes much for sense to include both.
Also, I would buy that Chie fighting stick in a heartbeat!
@JeanLuc: Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised either way. The main barrier to it, as is usually the case, tends to be less a space issue (although it certainly was for their PS2 RPGs) and more of a licensing one. Most voice acting contracts in Japan are negotiated without having a clause including localization rights to use those Japanese voices (at least for games), so utilizing them again often requires negotiating a new set of contracts with the cast and paying them accordingly. That's what I imagine will be the sticking point for Atlus USA if there is a desire to pursue it internally. I know that they aren't inherently against dual voice releases, since they have managed it before in cases like Odin Sphere, but Persona 4 and Mayonaka Arena by extension have some pretty well-known Japanese voice actors and that could very well drive the price up, even if those voices are appearing in a game whose audience may not definitively know who they are. As a company that tends to publish just enough copies of any given game to at least break even or make a slight profit, I'm curious to see if Atlus USA can juggle those numbers and still come out on top.
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