Arc System Works’ and Atlus’s long-awaited fighting game Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (Persona 4: Arena for short) was finally released in Japanese arcades today.
To commemorate the occasion, the Naka city (Ibaraki prefecture) branch of arcade chain Plabi Joy Com is streaming a bunch of P4:Arena casual matches live on their Ustream channel.
Now that the game is out, we also have more concrete information about Labrys, the new character we reported on yesterday. According to Japanese arcade-goers, the robo-chick is not a playable character at this point. Instead, you face off against her in the latter half of story mode. Win one round against Labrys, and Kuma/Teddie appears to stop the match. Players then proceed to fight the “true form” of Kuma/Teddie as a final boss.
Go to this Famitsu.com story if you’d like a closer look at the official Labrys character artwork.
In the same story you’ll also find screenshots detailing character colour variations in the game (14 in total, but only 8 accessible at the start; the rest you’ll have to unlock through the arcade game’s Player’s Guild card system) as well as “instant-kill special moves”.
These instant-kill moves are similar to the Astral Heats in BlazBlue and Destroyed in Guilty Gear in that if you land it on your opponent you’ll win the match immediately, no questions asked. According to Famitsu, the activation conditions include: you must be on match-point, and you have 100 SP points to burn. Unlike Astral Heats, it looks like you can use these instant-kill moves even with 100-percent health (as seen in the following screenshots).
Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena is slated for a Summer 2012 release on consoles (PlayStation 3/Xbox 360).