Atlus is apparently considering implementing rollback netcode in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax as part of a future update. The new remaster of the game is due to launch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch next year, with gameplay based around the arcade version's final update.
Could Persona 4 Arena Ultimax rollback be coming soon?
Following the success of last year's Persona 4 Golden re-release, Atlus recently announced a remaster of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax in a similar vein. It'll land next year, but in the meantime, a Famitsu feature (thanks, Persona Central) has revealed a little bit more about Atlus's plans for the game via an interview with creative director Kazuhisa Wada. In the interview, Wada says rollback netcode could be coming later down the line as part of a patch.
If you're wondering why rollback netcode could be important for a game like this, here's a quick explanation. In essence, rollback code "predicts" what a player is going to do in place of waiting for data to arrive from online opponents. If the prediction is accurate, the game continues, and if not, the gameplay adjusts itself to compensate. Rollback code provides a smoother online play experience due to this system, so it's generally favored by those who play a lot of online fighting games. There's a good reason it's a standard feature in competitive fighting games like DNF Duel and Guilty Gear Strive.
When is the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax release date?
You'll be able to get your hands on the definitive version of this fighting game when it lands next year. The official Persona 4 Arena Ultimax release date is March 17th 2022. This version will be based on the final update for the arcade edition of the game and will include all Ultimax content, including the original version's story mode. You'll also be able to choose between Japanese and English voice acting.
There are just a couple of months left until you can grab Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Steam, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Until then, you can familiarize yourself with the Persona 4 story by picking the game up on Steam. It's well worth doing so, especially if you loved Persona 5; Persona 4 has aged pretty well as far as we're concerned. Here's hoping it appears on other platforms, and that we get a re-release of Persona 3 FES sometime soon.
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