Persona 4 Arena Gets A Media Blowout With New Screens

By Shawn Collier on July 23, 2012, 9:54PM EST

Last week we delved more deeply into Persona 4 Arena with a preview from EVO 2012. Tonight we have a plethora of new screenshots and videos showcasing the game's characters and the various game modes available.

Developed in partnership with genre master Arc System Works, Persona 4 Arena uses gorgeous, hand-drawn, high definition 2D anime-style fighters and colorful, over-the-top special effects to bring to life characters from the acclaimed, highly popular Persona 3 and Persona 4. Backed up by an original, hardcore fighting engine from one of the most respected 2D fighting game developers in the industry, Persona 4 Arena represents the biggest, most noteworthy expansion of the esteemed series to date.

First off is an image of the special pre-order soundtrack bonus alongside the game itself. Second we have two batches of character screenshots and artwork featuring Naoto Shirogane and Yu Narukami, of which their official bios can be found below:

[[quote]]Naoto Shirogane

The 5th generation of the Shirogane family of detectives. She is trusted by the police despite her age and investigated last year's murders. Her gun, traps, and Sukuna Hikona's instant death moves make her very dangerous.[[/quote]]

[[quote]]Yu Narukami

The young man who ended the case that rocked Inaba returns for the holidays, only to find a new mystery in the P-1 Grand Prix tournament. With his katana and Persona, Izanagi, he can hold his own in all aspects.[[/quote]]

Following up is two new trailers. One features the bearably amusing Teddie and the other is the official Atlus trailer for the game. Finally we have a batch of screenshots showcasing the game's different gameplay modes, includes screens from the console-exclusive story mode.

Persona 4 Arena will be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on August 7th. It should be noted that the game, much like ARC System Works's previous games, will feature both Japanese and English voice-overs. Everyone who pre-orders the game will also receive a special "arranged soundtrack" pre-order bonus for free alongside the game.

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