Persona 4 Arena tracking has been going on for awhile. We've discovered the season it's going to be out, covered new characters being released to the arcade version, and congregated en mass for theory fighting sessions and fan-driven “it can't get here soon enough” parties. Now the anticipated title has been dated; Japan will be getting the game August 2. Amazon has also put a timestamp on the English pre-orders of the game as August 7, though as with any unofficial retail date, that's subject to change.
Along with publishing Persona 4 Arena's street date, Famitsu magazine has also revealed the inclusion of a Story Mode constructed exclusively for the console. The details we have make it sound like it will work very much like BlazBlue's alternate paths leading to different endings, potential gag reels, and visual novel-style decisions accented with story specific clashes.
Initially only four members of the cast will be available to play in Story Mode with the rest being unlocked as fans progress through each character's narrative. So, for those fans who liked the storytelling mechanics of BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena will be serving them very much the same thing, if not improved upon.
Famitsu has also revealed that pre-orders of Persona 4 Arena will come with an arranged soundtrack CD for the Japanese launch. There has been no official word on what bonus content the game will come with in other regions.