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Arc System Works confirms future Persona projects

Does this mean we'll see Persona 5 Arena in the near-ish future?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 20, 2018 at 4:33 a.m. PDT • Comments: 29

Marrying together turn-based RPGs with fighting games doesn't always go over too well -just ask Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring- though Arc System Works and Atlus managed to pull off just that with the Persona 4 Arena games, and now it appears new titles for the spin-off are in the cards.

In a recent interview with Compete, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle's producer Toshimichi Mori alluded to not wanting to add brand new characters from the RPG series to the crossover game to save them for future projects.

The most obvious potential future project would be Persona 5 Arena bringing in the heroes of Atlus' latest mainline entry into the series alongside characters from the previous titles like Persona 4 Arena before it.

Mori states that it's "feasible" to add more characters/ series to BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, but he doesn't want to "spawn out new characters like rabbits" while hoping to save some ideas for future BlazBlue and Persona projects.

Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax released back in 2013 for Japan, so fans have already been waiting almost four to five years for a new entry with the fighting game spin-off. Meanwhile, ArcSys has gone on to develop the Guilty Gear Xrd games, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle among others since P4A.

Persona 5 quickly became the best-selling game in the franchise, so more spin-offs are likely in order. P5 already has Persona 5: The Animation and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight under its belt for adaptations and spin-off titles.

Persona 4 Arena's director, Kazuhisa Wada, said he "definitely wants to make [Persona 5 Arena] happen" after Persona 5 launched in Japan in late 2016.

All of ArcSys' currently announced fighters are now out on the market, so the developers are likely in the planning stages for what comes next for the studio meaning we're probably still going to need to wait a while before finding out more.

Source: Compete

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