While the Persona 4 Arena sequel was previously revealed during a surprise location test, Atlus and Arc System Works officially revealed the title as Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold today. The announcement came with a trailer that showcases newcomers Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori from Persona 3 as well as an original character named Sho Minazuki.
Coupled with the announcement, the second location test for P4U2 will be held from September 27-29. Test versions will be available in participating arcades in Hokkaido, Miyagi, Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. Arc System Works will also be testing P4U2 Players Guild during this time.
The Production Staff of P4U, Together Again!
Scenario, sound, illustration… created by the same Persona staff of the previous title!
Producer: Katsura Hashino
Director: Kazuhisa Wada
Character designer: Shigenori Soejima
Series sound director: Shoji Meguro
Sound composer: Atsushi Kitajoh
Tagging with the BlazBlue staff for the fighting game portion.
Producer: Toshimichi Mori
Assistant producer: Takumi Iguchiya
Director: Seiji Fukumoto
The New Stage, P-1 CLIMAX
It’s several days after the fighting tournament, the do-or-die battle involving the Investigation Team and the Shadow Operatives. The two groups investigate who is the mastermind behind it all. Suddenly, at Yasoinaba, the Mayonaka TV again goes live!
“All-out war, outbreaks-kuma!”
The supreme ruler Teddie appears again with a boisterous announcement. The footage is an announcement of the the fighting tournament P-1 CLIMAX, now with 200% more absurdity! Along with the announcement, the surroundings of Yasoinaba completely change. Space-time warps, people vanish, and the sudden appearance of a red fog has transformed the streets of Inaba into something bizarre. Yasoinaba has become just like the alternate dimension inside the TV. What’s more, the Investigation Team finds Mitsuru and the others crucified on Mayonaka TV!
The Investigation Team sets out to solve the situation. In order to save Mitsuru and the others, the Shadow Operative rescue unit is also urgently dispatched!
Standing in their way is the Shadow army! Just who are the masterminds behind this, and what are their goals…!?
Yukari Takeba, The Flashy Pink Sniper
Voice: Megumi Toyoguchi
Main weapon: Bow and arrow
Type: Shooting type
She can fire arrows in a variety of directions. Her persona Isis attacks with wind. When Yukari’s arrows hit the gusts of wind created, the arrows fly into the opponent’s direction.
Along with Mitsuru and Akihiko, one of the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad who saved the world in Persona 3. Graduating from Gekkoukan High and continuing into college, Yukari was working as a female college student model, but, unexpectedly, chosen for her skill with the bow, she gets the part of Pink in Phoenix Ranger Featherman Victory! One day however, an actual helicopter not part of the filming appears on the set. The Kirijo family maid Kikuno emerges from the copter and informs Yukari of Mitsuru’s dire status. Taking no time to even change costumes, Yukari heads to Yasoinaba…
Junpei Iori, The Counterattack’s Total Slacker
Voice: Kosuke Toriumi
Main weapon: Bat
Type: Baseball type
Hit with bat attacks and advance runners! Score runs and Junpei’s attacks are strengthened! His Persona Trismegistus attacks with flames and rushing attacks, fighting from mid to long range.
Like Yukari, played a role in Persona 3. Now 19, Junpei is enrolled as part of the emergency team of the Shadow Operatives, the Shadow response unit created by Mitsuru. He joins in on operations at Mitsuru’s request, but such requests are infrequent. In his free time he works a part-time job and on days off he coaches a boys’ baseball team. In P4U2, when he misses his train stop and arrives at Yasoinaba, he becomes entwined in the strange happenings there.
Which Will You Choose? Shadows Added!
Shadow type is a new system added to P4U2! When selecting your character, selecting a character’s Shadow Type will allow you to enjoy a different style of play! Shadow types easily build up the SP Gauge when attacking! In exchange however they lose certain abilities like Bursts and Awakening, making them high-risk, high-return. After certain conditions are fulfilled they can use “Shadow Fury”. While in Shadow Fury you can freely use SP Skills! The technique has a time limit, so learn when to use it! With a few exceptions, all characters have a Shadow type. Sticking with the normal characters, or going with the Shadow type twist is up to you. With the addition of a new type, enjoy the even deeper battles of P4U2!
An Even Greater Breadth of Tactics!
Creating combos by simply pressing a button repeatedly, the popular auto-combos from the previous game have been updated! Assuming enough SP Gauge is available, the, auto-combos that can confirm into SP Skills differ from character to character. Incorporate other moves and look for original combos!
S Hold System!
A new system added to P4U2. When holding a button, a special gauge appears. By simply releasing the button, depending on the amount of the meter built, you can unleash a variety of skills. The longer you hold the button, the more powerful the skills activated.
Enemy? Ally? Sho Minazuki, The Mysterious New Character
Voice: Kenichi Suzumura
A new character in P4U2. Nothing is known about him other than his name and appearance. How exactly does he tie into the story? The shirt wrapped around his waist appears to be the Yasogami High School uniform…? Stay tuned for more details!