It's a good time to be a fan of the Persona series. Along with all of the recent releases and discounts across multiple platforms, we now know that a handful of new offerings are on the way for the 3DS, Vita and home consoles. First up, it would seem, is Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the updated Persona fighting game set to release later this fall and now available for pre-order.

Coming from the folks at Arc System Works, makers of the super rad Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games, it should come as no surprise that a new version of Persona 4 Arena is on the way. Both of those other series I just mentioned each received numerous iterations, each one adding a few new characters, modes and gameplay tweaks. And it looks like that's exactly what you can expect out of Ultimax, headed your way later this fall.

The one thing that sets Ultimax apart from, say, BlazBlue, is the fact that this latest version of the game isn't receiving any sort of a discount. You can pre-order now for $59.99, but at least it doesn't look like you'll be left wanting for content at that full price, set to release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. To get your pre-order in nice and early, head on over to the Atlus website and get to work.

“In P4AU, the characters from Persona 4 and Persona 3 once again find themselves teaming up to face off in the P-1 Climax, a series of battles which must be won before the world ends,” reads the statement from Atlus. “The original cast of characters from Persona 3 and 4 are back to discover the mastermind behind the whole tournament, while a few new faces join the fight, including Junpei Iori, Yukari Takeba, Rise Kujikawa and more.”

Those names will surely ring a bell for fans of the series. For everyone else, just know that it means even more fighters to take into battle, each of which will have their own story mode to explore.

P4AU expands on its pedigree as a tournament-caliber fighting game with a new Shadow type with completely different fighting mechanics for each character,” continues the pre-order announcement. “Both newcomers and hardcore gamers alike can find the style that works best for their individual style.”

Well, that's one Persona game for the 2014-15 span down and, if math serves me correct, that leaves another three to go in the coming year. So, readers, are you planning on picking up Ultimax? What about any of those other Persona games? Let us know in the comments section below.
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