Persona 4 Arena Ultimax launched in 2013. It was the fighting game that Persona fans had wanted for a very long time, not just continue the story of Personas 4 and Persona 4 Arena but with fighters from both Personas 3 and Personas 4. It was successful enough that Atlus even released ports for PC, PS4 and Switch in 2022. But as an older game, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax lacked certain online features expected of modern fighting games, such as online code rollback. However, it seems that is about to change.
To kick off EVO 2022, where Persona 4 Arena Ultimax has a side tour, members of the Arc System Works development team and Atlus took the stage to make an announcement. In a new update, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax have received a return online code. The modern online multiplayer feature helps create a much smoother competitive experience that helps manage lag in a fair way for both players.
There is a catch, unfortunately. Not all platforms like Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will receive the update. Atlus has confirmed that only PC and PS4 will have access to the rollback webcode update. However, this is no surprise. Atlus promised rollback netcode for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax this summer earlier in 2022. When it did, it made it clear that it would only be available on PC and PS4.
The PC rollback netcode update for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax also isn’t quite available yet, like it is on PS4. It is fully accessible, however Persona 4 Arena Ultimax players must select a beta version of the game to access it. To do so, Steam users must go into the game’s properties, find the beta menu, and then enter the code “p4auopenbeta03”. This will add Open Beta 3 to the dropdown menu.
Online code rollbacks are almost expected from fighting games that have been released for longer. It’s a little odd that the 2022 ports of the game didn’t include rollback netcode at launch, but that’s probably why Atlus felt the need to announce it was coming before the ports arrived.
The release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax ports on PC and PS4, as well as rolling back the webcode update, should ensure that the fighting game remains viable for high-level competition for years to come. Or at least it will remain viable until Atlus is potentially able to deliver a sequel in the series, which fans are hoping for.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is now available on PC, PS4 and Switch.
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