NIS America Managing Director Takuro Yamashita confirmed to MCV that, as of ten days ago, they are no longer working with Atlus to publish the studio’s games in Europe.
Yamashita attributes the decision to difficulties in working with Atlus after its acquisition by SEGA back in 2013.
“Atlus became very picky about selecting the European publishing partner after it was bought by Sega,” Yamashita said. “It always cherry picked its EU publishing partner based on who offered the highest minimum guarantee on a title by title basis. I noticed that it was very difficult for NIS America to establish an equal-partnership with Atlus.
“Atlus and its European games have contributed a lot to the expansion of NIS America in Europe. I would like to express my greatest appreciation to them for that.”
Previously, NIS America worked with the company to bring Persona 4 Golden, Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight and other Atlus-developed titles to Europe. The two companies are working together for the European release of Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, which is still on track to come out on June 24 for the PS3, PS4 and Vita.
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The English release of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the Wii U will retain all of the music from the Japanese release and will have English subtitles instead of a full dub. These aren’t exactly moves that match up with how Nintendo normally handles localization, and that’s because they aren’t the one doing it.
In a statement to Game Informer, Nintendo of America confirmed that Atlus will be taking care of the game’s localization.
“Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE was localized by Atlus in a way that is consistent with the localization work they do on games they publish. It was a priority to ensure the game feels familiar and appeals to longtime Atlus fans. Any changes made to the in-game content were due to varying requirements and regulations in the many different territories Nintendo distributes its products.”
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE launches for the Wii U on June 24.
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Included in Nintendo’s PAX East lineup announcement today was the announcement of the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE special edition.
Exclusive to GameStop and Amazon, the bundle comes with a copy of the game, a 5×8 color artbook, six-song soundtrack CD, six song cards, a sticker sheet and download codes for all five sets of DLC planned for the game. It will launch alongside the standalone version of the game on June 24 and retail for $79.99.
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With releases like Monster Hunter Generations, Zero Time Dilemma and 7th Dragon III Code: VFD, the 3DS’ summer lineup is already looking absolutely stacked. Now, Atlus wants to add on to that by announcing the English version of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse.
Released last February in Japan as Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final, Apocalypse takes place in the same universe as the original Shin Megami Tensei IV and follows a different cast of characters. The game builds upon its predecessor and even throws in some new mechanics.
From the game’s description on YouTube:
• The Eternal Struggle Between Gods– The Shin Megami Tensei series, known for exploring the tenuous symbiosis between man and deity , reaches deeper than ever in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, as the band of main characters must decide which side of peace or anarchy they are on.
• Partner Up for Success – A new twist on the SMTIV combat formula allows players to bring one of seven partners to battle (in addition to the standard three demons), each with their own unique skills and AI. Plus, partners will fill up a meter that will interrupt the enemy, do massive damage, and give players an extra turn. Given the excruciating difficulty of battles in Shin Megami Tensei, the partner system will allow for new player strategies.
• Demons Aplenty – Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has a series record 450+ demons to fight, fuse, or recruit to player parties. With demons from a wide selection of cultures and religions to choose from, players will be able to customize their party to their liking.
• Fuse For Affinities – Demon fusion, combining two or more demons to form a more powerful one, is one of the cornerstones of Shin Megami Tensei games, and now demons will have affinities for certain skills, giving players more decisions to make about which skills fusions will inherit.
• Press Turns and Smirking – The Press Turn system returns, which gives players (or enemies!) extra turns for exploiting weaknesses. The Smirk system returns as well, which gives huge offensive and defensive boosts to party members (or enemies) and now unlocks bonuses for certain skills, such as insta-kill attacks.
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Legend of Legacy, the FuRyu-developed spiritual successor to the SaGa series, is coming to North America this fall, care of Atlus.
From Atlus’ info page:
“Seven adventurers are about to embark on the quest of a lifetime as they explore the island of Avalon and unravel the mysteries of its dark past. The RPG is developed by a core group of legendary developers who came together to create this brand new story and world. Seven adventurers arrive on the mysterious island of Avalon to pursue their own agenda as explorers. They team up with two of the other adventurers to achieve their objectives – be it exploring the island for treasure, looking for the “god” on the island, or recovering lost memories. But things change when they discover a singing stone that causes the party to see phantasms of Avalon’s forgotten history.”
The teaser site is already up, but it only has a handful of screenshots and a link to pre-order the game (which currently doesn’t work).
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Mitsuru Hirata, the director for Radiant Historia, Atlus’ time-travelling RPG which was praised for its intelligent storyline and competent protagonist, will be serving as chief director for Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem.
In a post on the game’s official blog, Hirata described what Fire Emblem meant to them and shared their love for the series by recounting their personal experience playing the various games.
There was one tiny bit on the upcoming Wii U crossover RPG. According to Hirata, the development team is still making improvements to Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem‘s visuals, like adding more background items and using better textures. You can see some of the changes in an updated dungeon shot:
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Celty Sturluson, Izaya Orihara, and Shizuo Heiwajima from the anime and light novel series Durarara!! will show up in Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker and even take part in battle in some form.
Devil Survivor‘s character designer Suzuhito Yasuda served as the illustrator for Durarara!!, which sort of explains the odd crossover.
Atlus hasn’t given a solid release date for Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, but it will be out in North America early this year.
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An enhanced version of the DS SRPG Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 is coming to North America in early 2015, Atlus announced today.
The publisher boasts that the game features double the content, including full voice acting, a brand new epilogue and multiple endings.
The teaser site also went up today. However, there isn’t much to see aside from a few screenshots and the announcement trailer.
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The Etrian Odyssey series has been the video game equivalent of chocolate as of late, getting in other games’ peanut butter. First, it got into Persona 3 and 4. Now, it’s making a delicious peanut butter cup with the Mystery Dungeon franchise.
Developed by Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, Etrian Mystery Dungeon takes Etrian Odyssey‘s party customization and Mystery Dungeon‘s randomly-generated dungeons, step-based battles and fixed camera perspective to make what Atlus calls a “turn-based action RPG roguelike.”
The game hits Japanese 3DSes on March 5, with a North American release confirmed for Spring 2015. The official English website is already up, but there isn’t much more than a few screenshots.No comments
A fifth game in the Etrian Odyssey series (not counting the remakes of the first two games) is in the works. Developer Atlus announced the game earlier today with the release of a teaser trailer and the launch of the game’s official website.
No platform or release date have been announced. However, the series has been exclusive to the DS and 3DS so far.
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