Atlus and Zen United have announced that Persona 4 Arena, a fighting game spin-off from the popular Persona RPG series.

Arena is in development at renowned fighting game developer Arc System Works, the studio behind BlazBlue. The new game combines Atlus' skills in storytelling with Arc System Works' gorgeous 2D hand-drawn artwork.

According to Atlus, Persona 4 Arena thrusts players back into the sinister Midnight Channel where students are engaged in deadly battles on a mysterious new programme called the 'P-1 Grand Prix'. Popular characters from Persona 3 and 4 do battle while the events follow on from the story of Persona 4.

"ATLUS's Persona series is one of gaming's best-loved treasures. While Arc System Works' artistry in the fighting world is second to none" said Director at Zen United, Geraint Evans. "A collaboration between these two, greatly-revered developers is a mouth-watering prospect for both RPG and fighting fans alike".

Persona Arena will be shown off on the Gamespot Stage at the MCM Expo in London, on Saturday May 26. The game is due for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year.