Rise Kujikawa Joins Persona 4 Arena Ultimax as Playable Character
posted on by Karen Ressler
Japanese gaming news source Famitsu teased the contents on Tuesday of its next issue's 13-page feature on Persona Q and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultrasuplex Hold) by announcing that Persona 4's Rise Kujikawa will be a playable character in the latter game. Rise was a prominent character in Persona 4, but only appeared as a navigator in Persona 4 Arena.
The magazine will ship on April 24. The contents will include eight pages on Persona Q, including original art and information on merchandise, and four pages on Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, including more announcements. The feature will also include a collaboration with the Etrian Odyssey game series, and an extra large Persona Q art card.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will ship in Japan for Nintendo 3DS on June 5. The story takes place on the last day of the Yasogami High culture festival. During the event, the heroes of Persona 4 see a strange bell tower appear on the school grounds. The heroes of Persona 3 also hear the bell, and are dragged into the future where the Persona 4 cast awaits. The two groups are locked in the school covered in Shadows, but meet two mysterious individuals named Zen and Rei, who have lost their memories. The cast soon learns that Zen and Rei's lost memories may be the key to solving the mystery of the bell tower's sudden appearance.
Although only one of the silent protagonists can lead the party, players will experience a different story depending on the protagonist they choose. By choosing the Persona 4 hero, players will experience a story more closely involved with the Persona 4 cast and vice versa.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will debut in Japan this summer. The story takes place only a few days after the events of Persona 4 Arena, when the city of Inaba is enshrouded with red fog in which time is warped and people disappear. Inaba has almost become like the world inside the television. On top of it all, the members of the Persona 4 team find Mitsuru and Akihiko being crucified on the Midnight Channel. In front of the Inaba students appear Yukari and Junpei — members of the Shadow Worker unit who have come to the rural town in order to save their upperclassmen.
Atlus USA has confirmed both Persona Q and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for release in North America this fall.
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