Stop fighting monsters and fight each other! That's what you'll be able to do when Atlus releases spin-off Persona 4 Arena this summer on North American Xbox 360s and PlayStation 3s. Developed with Arc System Works (of BlazBlue and Guilty Gear fame), P4A will have an original fighting engine, and feature hand-drawn HD anime-style fighters with the requisite over-the-top special effects.
"The Persona series has had tremendous success in North America, and Persona 4 in particular opened the series up to wider audiences than ever before," said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ATLUS. "Now we're looking to expand Persona even further by teaming up with a very strong partner, Arc System Works, to move the franchise outside of the RPG genre and develop its potential in new and exciting ways."
P4A will feature characters from the popular Persona 3 and Persona 4, but as yet, no list has been released. I'm sure die-hard fans of the series will recognize some of the characters in the screenshots, though!