Atlus just gave Persona fans (a.k.a. “people with good taste in games,”) three reasons to be very happy: The first, and most predictable of today’s news was that Persona 4 (my personal favorite,) will be getting a portable version just as all of it’s predecessors did, but this time it will be released for Sony’s upcoming handheld powerhouse, the Vita. In addition to that, Atlus has announced that they have partnered with Arc System Works (creators of BlazBlue, Guilty Gear) to create a 2D fighter featuring characters from Persona 3 and 4.
The new fighting game will be titled Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, and is currently being developed for release in arcades, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. The new fighter is being overseen by the same team that designed BlazBlue.
Atlus also let it slip that Persona 5 is already in very early stages of development, and much of the staff of the previous game returning; Katsuhara Hashino will direct the project again, P4 character designer Shigenori Soejima once again taking helm of the game’s art direction, and series staple Shouji Meguro will once again be producing more avante-garde pop for the game’s soundtrack. No release date, platform, or further details were released about the still very early project, but it’s good to know Atlus is already prepping the return of what is inarguably the best J-RPG series in recent memory.