High school students, stuffed bears, and robots summon their personas for the ultimate fighting competition.

Going from RPG to fighter isn’t the easiest transition, but the characters of Persona 4 are ready to make the jump in this new trailer for Persona 4 Arena. Developed by fighting game veteran Arc System Works, Arena is full of colorful sprites and persona-based fighting, both of which are featured prominently in this video.

Taking place two months after the end of Persona 4, Persona 4 Arena returns to the Midnight Channel for an intense fighting competition that features high school students and anthropomorphic bears alike. In addition to the cast of Persona 4, a few characters from Persona 3 make appearances in the trailer: Mitsuru, Akihiko, Elizabeth, and Aigis. The trailer doesn’t explain why characters from the two games would be fighting together (or against each other), but fans of the series should appreciate seeing a few more familiar faces.

There are only three weeks to go until this game is out, but it won’t be the last Persona game released this year: Persona 4 Golden is slated to come out for the Vita in the fall. It’s a good time to be a fan of quirky games about Japanese high school students.

Persona 4 Arena will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 7, 2012.

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