There was a small sliver of hope that we might have seen Persona 4 Arena this side of the Atlantic in 2012, but those hopes have now been shattered
“A 2012 release for Persona 4 Arena is now no longer possible,” said publisher Zen United on the Persona Europe Facebook page.
“We will of course, continue to update you, as soon as we have more information. We know this is very upsetting for many of you – us included, we might add – and we sincerely look forward to being able to deliver better news to you soon.”
Zen reiterated that the copleted European build has not been received by them as yet, hence the delay.
“For all EU games, there are a number of changes that need to be done to bring it in line with the regulations laid out by Sony and Microsoft in Europe. These regulations are to ensure the game will work correctly in each individual PAL territory, from individual EU countries to Australia and UK. It is at this point in the process, that the game has been delayed,” they said.
“Once we have received the EU master – our job, as publisher, is to submit that build to Sony and Microsoft for final testing and approval. Once it has been approved, we can manufacture and package the game, and ship it for release. Once this has happened, we will announce a specific day and date that this game will hit store shelves.”
Zen have, however, assured fans that “You will get something nice for the delay. We understand everyone’s frustration surrounding this, so we are preparing something – and we’ll announce that once the new schedule for release is in place.”
Persona 4 Arena launched in the US back August for Xbox 360 and PS3. [Gematsu]