Atlus’ big Persona-related countdown ended this past weekend and not only did we get confirmation of Persona 5 for the PS3 and some Persona rhythm game for the Vita, we got the announcement of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, an Etrian Odyssey-style dungeon crawler for the 3DS.
The game is a spin-off of the main Persona series. It’s being directed by Daisuke Kaneda, the director for Etrian Odyssey IV, which would probably explain why both games looks similar.
The casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4 will meet up and work together to explore a mysterious new dungeon.
More footage from the announcement is up on YouTube.
Persona Q releases in Japan on June 5.
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Atlus is localizing Conception II, a turn-based RPG whose central mechanic revolves around making babies with seven female heroines, and bringing it to the 3DS and Vita this spring.
As someone blessed with the divine powers of one of the Star Gods, you must stem the tide of monsters emerging from the mysterious Pandora Labyrinth. However, this power only stays with you until you turn 18. Fortunately, you can combine your powers with others who have the Star Gods’ power to create Star Children, powerful beings that can aid you in battle.
Despite being a sequel to a game that was never translated into English, Atlus assures that the game has its own standalone story.
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If you thought Shin Megami Tensei IV‘s $50 price tag was too much, you’ll be glad to hear Atlus has dropped the game’s price to $40 until October 14.
The price drop applies to both the eShop and retail versions of the game. I’d still recommend picking up the retail version if you can find the first print copies that come with the art book, slipcase and soundtrack CD.
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Start off this fall season with some price-cuts! Soul Hackers and Etrian Odyssey IV are both now $29.99 each, so go grab your copy today!
— Atlus U.S.A., Inc. (@AtlusUSA) September 23, 2013
If you were thinking about picking up Etrian Odyssey IV or Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers, Atlus has once again knocked $10 off both games in the eShop.
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President and CEO of Atlus Naoto Hiraoka released a statement to all of the company’s customers and supporters addressing the company’s recent acquisition by SEGA Sammy.
Dear fans and customers,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your support of ATLUS products.
As announced Tuesday through various news channels, we are going to continue with our business operations as part of SEGA SAMMY HOLDINGS effective November 1, 2013.
As you may already know, Index Corporation filed for Civil Rehabilitation Proceedings in Japan on June 27 and since then, has been searching for a solution which would allow us to continue our business of making great games.
ATLUS has consistently received support and praise from our Faithful and our respected customers, and made great progress in recent years. So the recent incident must have surprised and worried all of you dearly. For that, I would like to express my deepest apologies.
We have nurtured a great relationship with SEGA Corporation for a long time, especially concerning our consumer games business in Japan. I believe the collaboration between the two companies at this time will be mutually beneficial for the following reasons:
- Sega understands our drive to achieve quality and to expand awareness of the ATLUS brand.
- Our respective strengths in game development complement each other well.
We are extremely happy to be able to continue with our business, and be able to report this good news to our fans and customers. Again, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported us.
Currently, we at the Consumer Software Division in Japan are focusing on developing future titles, and are willing to take on new challenges to further achieve growth and success.
Please stay tuned for future updates.
President and CEO
While Hiraoka’s words instill confidence in the future of Atlus’ development side, he doesn’t say much about the future of the company’s English localization branch in Irvine, CA, and it can be a little worrying for fans of niche Japanese games in the U.S.
With the deal just recently being made final, however, it’s still too early to say what might happen to Atlus in the west.
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SEGA Sammy issued a public notice confirming the company’s purchase of Index Corporation, owners of Atlus and partial owners of the anime studio Madhouse.
Index will be acquired by SEGA Dream Corporation, a newly-formed subsidiary of SEGA, which, itself, is a subsidiary of SEGA Sammy.
According to an outline of the deal, SEGA Dream Corp. will get Index’s console and social games, content delivery, advertising and amusement machine divisions along with any IPs owned by said divisions.
The transfer is expected to be complete by November 1.No comments
So you don’t care for stories in your Etrian Odyssey. I get that. So does Atlus.
That’s why they’ve included a “Classic Mode” in Etrian Odyssey Untold. You create your own party right off the bat and the game sends you on your merry little way to the recreated 3D labyrinth.
Etrian Odyssey Untold is a 3DS remake of the first Etrian Odyssey, but it also adds new features like skill-adding Grimoire Stones, multiple difficulty settings and the option to switch between orchestrated and FM synth versions of the soundtrack.
The game heads to stores across North America on October 1.No comments
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl isn’t coming out in North America until October 1, but a demo covering part of the new story mode and the first few dungeons will hit the 3DS eShop on September 16.
Atlus hasn’t confirmed whether save data from the demo can be transferred to the full game.No comments
The fate of Devil Survivor 2 in Europe will have to wait until Monday to be decided.
Pre-orders are now closed, but the final tally won’t be calculated until the staff at Ghostlight gets back after the weekend.
The publisher was still quite a bit short of their 1,800 unit quota leading into the final day. It would be a real shame if Europe didn’t get to enjoy one of the finest SRPGs to grace the DS.
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The latest trailer for Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl focuses on the brand new story mode and gives us a brief introduction to the characters you’ll be meeting on your journey.
It’s still weird seeing an Etrian Odyssey game with unique characters that have their own personalities, but The Millennium Girl does give players the option to ignore the story and create their own party like the previous games.
The game is due out on October 1. Initial print copies come with a soundtrack CD and design book featuring commentary from some of the game’s staff.No comments