Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works Now Comes In English

Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works Now Comes In English

Earlier this week, Luke Plunkett celebrated the work of Atlus art director Shigenori Soejima, the man behind eye-catching style of the Persona series. He recommended Soejima’s art book, available for shipping in 1-3 months from Amazon — just in time for the English release of Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works from UDON. Let’s take a peek inside.

Atlus’ Official Design Works series is a step above your average art book, a visual journey through the creation of dome of the most beloved role-playing games of the century. From concept art to cover art and everything in-between — character sketches, developer interviews, character bios. I’ve got the Persona 3 edition, and would love the Persona 4 version for my birthday next week, in case my relatives ever read my articles (they don’t).

And now Persona 4 Arena gets the same treatment, and I can’t wait to wander through the creative process that birthed the fighting game offshoot of the Shin Megami Tensei side-series. I look forward to sighing wistfully at each of its 176 pages. Yes, even the ISBN info page.

Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works will be released in July. You can preorder it from Amazon right now. While we wait, check out the preview pages UDON passed along this morning (all images pending licensor approval).


  • @jimu: bringing you the news quicker than Kotaku :p

    So re Soejima Artworks… Amazon say about $5 shipping to AU, which is fine, but ‘usually ships within 1 to 3 months’. Whereas bookdepository says ‘out of stock’ with an option to notify me when its back in. Do you rekon it is better to wait for bookdepository to notify me, or should I commit with amazon now knowing it could be a 3 month wait?

    Also, I’m pretty sure I’ll get the P4A Design Works – when I combine it with my preorder copy of the game it will become pretty much the LE I wanted 😉

    PS Check out Chie’s roundhouse kick! What a way to go /drool

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