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The dream of Persona 5 Arena still appears to be alive, at least for Atlus

Who knows when Arc System Works could even get around to it though

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 2, 2021 at 6:14 p.m. PDT • Comments: 28

Persona 4 Arena kinda came out of nowhere almost a decade ago and helped put Arc System Works back on the map for licensed fighting games, but fans have been waiting for a handful of years to see if Persona 5 would be receiving the same treatment.

While things have been quiet on the front of official talk for quite some time now, it appears that Atlus is leaving the door open for a potential Persona 5 Arena judging by their recently reported moves.

The developer and their alleged partners of Ryu's Office faced the decision at the end of April as to whether they wanted to keep or abandon a number of their website domains connected to the Persona series.

As reported by Persona Central, some registered domains like P5AG.JP, P3D.JP and P5D.JP were seemingly left on the cutting room floor and suspended while P5U.JP lives on.

That last one is important because Persona 4 Arena was abbreviated as P4U in Japan, so a similar conclusion for Persona 5 is an easy one to make.

Other websites registered at the same time did clue fans in on some of the spin-offs they had in development like Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, Persona 5 Royal, and Persona 5 Strikers, so P5U now stands out as the only one that hasn't seen an official game except for future mainline sequels.

This move doesn't mean obviously that something is currently in the works for a P5U considering the domain has sat unused since 2017, but it does bode well that Atlus hasn't shut the door on the prospective project.

Back in 2016, Persona 4 Arena Director Kazuhisa Wada stated that he "definitely want to make [P5U] happen," but it'd be something they'd have to discuss down the line since the main Persona 5 had just finished development.

Arc System Works did comment on the prospect in 2018 with BlazBlue Producer Toshimichi Mori saying that he wanted to "save some ideas for future BlazBlue and Persona projects" while speaking on Cross Tag Battle content.

Unfortunately since that time, ArcSys has become something of a hot commodity with Granblue Fantasy: Versus, Guilty Gear Strive and Dungeon Fighter Duel all being announced after that point.

The three licensed properties they've picked up since P4U are all larger brands than Persona, so it makes sense the devs would put their attention on those titles, especially Dragon Ball FighterZ.

As things stand now, ArcSys kinda appears to have its hands full with Guilty Gear Strive and Dungeon Fighter Duel currently in active development while Granblue Fantasy: Versus is still working its way through its second season of content.

We don't yet know if DBFZ will receive a fourth year of DLC, but either way, it doesn't look like they'll have a big opening for a while.

There is the possibility that Atlus could hand off Persona 5 Arena to a different developer, but guns for hire fighting game devs are hard to come by these days unless they want to snatch up Dimps out from under Capcom or Eighting (who are also involved with DNF Duel).

A new fighting game for Persona 5 would likely be a slam dunk considering the series has never been more popular than it is now though there's another potential wrinkle as to why a P5U may not happen.

Persona 4 Arena served as something of a sequel to the events of the main RPG, but P5 has already received a sequel spin-off game with Persona 5 Strikers.

The dream of one day seeing Persona 5 Arena hit the scene still appears to be alive. We probably shouldn't expect to see anything for it in the next year or more, however.

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