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Persona 4: Arena won’t reach Europe by year’s end

Monday, 5th November 2012 23:43 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Persona 4: Golden won’t make it to Europe in 2012, local publisher Zen United has confirmed.

“A 2012 release for Persona 4 Arena is now no longer possible,” Zen United stated in a post on the Persona Europe Facebook page,

“We will of course, continue to update you, as soon as we have more information. We know this is very upsetting for many of you – us included, we might add – and we sincerely look forward to being able to deliver better news to you soon.”

As for the reason why, Zen United referred fans back to a September FAQ, when the publisher revealed it had not yet received a completed European build.

“As we are not directly involved with the development of the game, we do not have any further information about its progress – or when the European build will be complete,” it said at the time.

Zen United noted that the European build’s progress is not dependent on the Japanese and US release; that it is not pursuing translations and has completed age ratings process – only receipt of the master and certification remains.

“For all EU games, there are a number of changes that need to be done to bring it in line with the regulations laid out by Sony and Microsoft in Europe. These regulations are to ensure the game will work correctly in each individual PAL territory, from individual EU countries to Australia and UK. It is at this point in the process, that the game has been delayed,” it said.

“Once we have received the EU master – our job, as publisher, is to submit that build to Sony and Microsoft for final testing and approval. Once it has been approved, we can manufacture and package the game, and ship it for release. Once this has happened, we will announce a specific day and date that this game will hit store shelves.”

“You will get something nice for the delay,” the publisher added. “We understand everyone’s frustration surrounding this, so we are preparing something – and we’ll announce that once the new schedule for release is in place.”

Persona 4 Arena is expected on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and hit the US in August.

Meanwhile, Persona 4: Golden is expected in Europe in February 2013, although nothing has been made official.

Thanks, Gematsu.

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6 Comments

  1. dizzygear

    So, the game was already translated in english and they are not adding additional translations yet it took them this long to get the game ready for submission? WTF.

    “For all EU games, there are a number of changes that need to be done to bring it in line with the regulations laid out by Sony and Microsoft in Europe.”

    50 bucks says that the 360 version is ready for release but their holding it back to release it together with the PS3 version that is delayed because SCEE is dragging its feet as usual.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    @1
    They don’t have the master yet so haven’t even been able to submit it to SCEE. I’m sure SCEE are primed and ready to drag their feet mind, they must get through so many pairs of shoes.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. friendlydave

    @1 This has nothing to do with SCEE….yet

    Edit – #2 got there first.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. dizzygear

    @2&3 Ah Sorry. I misread the part they have NOT received a EU build yet. I guess thats even worse…
    But i’m sure SCEE is ready to pull another CS: GO with this one when they submit the final build somewhere in 2017.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. jevonski

    Annnnnd this is why I order US releases of persona games, it took ages for P3P to come out over here, I kinda expected this to happen.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    @5
    Good luck with that. It’s region locked – even on PS3.

    #6 2 years ago

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