Certain corners of the internet erupted in excited conspiracy when Atlus launched a yellow-soaked teaser site last week, with many predicting that the colour scheme and font pointed towards a new take on critically acclaimed PS2 JRPG Persona 4. Well, they were right as, according to Andriasang, Atlus have announced two new Persona 4 games in the most recent edition of Famitsu.
First up...the Vita version. Named Persona 4: The Golden, it'll drop in Japan by Spring next year, essentially replicating the outsanding PS2 original on the small screen but with a boatload of additional features too. There'll be new cutscenes, 1.5 times the original voice work, additional Personas, outfits and even a new female character named Marie (described as a 'mysterious girl'). Furthermore, it appears that the ability to call for help via Wi-fi when near death, although details on how this will work exactly are unclear at the moment, will be in the final game, and Atlus have promised a to deliver a feature 'that has been highly requested by fans'.
The title was originally due to make an appearance on the PSP, according to producer Katsura Hashino. However, the desire to retain as much of the PS2 game as possible - rather than revamping and downsizing as the team did with (the admittedly excellent, but quite different) Persona 3 Portable - exceeded the PSP's limits. The Vita, however, will allow for something 'even better'.
But that's not all, Atlus is also jumping into bed with Arc System Works - the team behind the excellent BlazBlue fighting series - to create Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena...a fighter based upon the series that will feature characters from both Persona 3 and Persona 4. The 2D fighter will be released initially for arcades only in Spring 2012, and then for PS3 and Xbox 360 in Summer 2012.
Oh yes, and Famitsu also confirmed that Persona 5 is in the pipeline and well underway. Just please, please, please make sure they come over here too! [Andriasang]