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Atlus Publishing RPG Caligula In The West

Atlus didn't want to leave E3 without making one last announcement. It's bringing Japanese RPG Caligula from FuRyu to North America and Europe.

Caligula is written by Tadashi Satomi, known for his scenario writing on the early Persona games. The game follows high school students who are trapped in a virtual reality world that's supposed to be the perfect high school experience. Does that even exist? Probably not as some classmates figure out that repeating three years over and over again isn't all it's cracked up to be, even when it's in the most ideal atmosphere. Now they'll have to figure out how to escape and what's really going on.

Atlus will release Caligula as a digital download for PlayStation Vita in both North America and Europe next spring, which is pretty good timing considering you'll need your RPG fix as you finish Persona 5.

Atlus says it will have more details about the game in the coming months, but for now confirms it's keeping the original Japanese audio for the release. 

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Atlus Localizing Nintendo-Published Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

The announcement of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for North America surprised many fans, especially because the new name of the game makes no clear mention of the fact that the project is a mash-up of two popular Atlus series, Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem.

We reached out to Nintendo regarding localization plans for the project, and received an interesting response that showed that the publisher is taking a different approach than many of the games it brings over from Japan.

“Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE was localized by Atlus in a way that is consistent with the localization work they do on games they publish,” reads a statement from Nintendo of America. “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 is headed to Wii U on June 24. 

 

Our Take
Nintendo has taken some heat from fans in recent months for some of its localization changes, including in projects like Xenoblade Chronicles X and Fire Emblem Fates. There’s no doubt that same fan base will be watching Atlus’ efforts closely as it prepares Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for launch. 

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Atlus Localizing Nintendo-Published Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

The announcement of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for North America surprised many fans, especially because the new name of the game makes no clear mention of the fact that the project is a mash-up of two popular Atlus series, Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem.

We reached out to Nintendo regarding localization plans for the project, and received an interesting response that showed that the publisher is taking a different approach than many of the games it brings over from Japan.

“Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE was localized by Atlus in a way that is consistent with the localization work they do on games they publish,” reads a statement from Nintendo of America. “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 is headed to Wii U on June 24. 

 

Our Take
Nintendo has taken some heat from fans in recent months for some of its localization changes, including in projects like Xenoblade Chronicles X and Fire Emblem Fates. There’s no doubt that same fan base will be watching Atlus’ efforts closely as it prepares Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for launch. 

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Sega Is Now Publishing Atlus U.S.A. Games, But Don’t Worry

Sega is completing its acquisition of Atlus, which began in 2013. In order to streamline its business operations, Atlus games will now be published by Sega. But before you start to worry, we have some good news.

Essentially, nothing from the end-user point of view is changing. The Atlus brand will remain intact and visible. Sega says that it and Atlus will still act independently.

However, Sega does discuss how its acquisition of Atlus has positively impacted its own operations. "Since Atlus U.S.A.—renowned for the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei, Persona, and Etrian Odyssey franchises—integrated with SEGA of America, the ATLUS expertise has allowed SEGA to localize and publish popular Japanese titles in the west, including the Yakuza series, Project DIVA series, and more," the company says.

Additionally, Sega has named Ivo Gerscovich as the new head of the Sonic brand and its related businesses in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Gerscovich will serve as the Sonic chief brand officer and senior vice president of Sega of America.

 

Our Take
For end users, this is business as usual, but it does have a business impact. Sega has benefitted greatly from Atlus' prowess at localizing games for the Western market. More importantly the Sonic publisher has let Atlus do its thing without change, which is something fans feared wouldn't be the case following the acquisition.

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Atlus USA Teases Hatsune Miku For Persona 4: Dancing All Night In North America

Hatsune Miku has been announced for Persona 4: Dancing All Night in Japan, but concerns about licensing left us wondering if she’d make it to our shores. There’s no confirmation yet, but it looks like Atlus might be hinting at some good news.

Today, the publisher delivered a fresh batch of screenshots alongside a video for downloadable characters Adachi and Marie. In the bundle was a strange image that looks like this:

Don’t be ashamed if you don’t recognize it. It’s a leek. For those not indoctrinated in the Japanese vocaloid sensation’s repertoire, let me assist.

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The track is called "Levan Polka." If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, here’s the relevant section.

Yes, that’s a leek. No, we don’t understand why that is a prop of choice. Regardless, Hatsune Miku’s arrival in Persona 4: Dancing All Night seems a bit more likely now.

For more, check out our review of Persona 4: Dancing All Night.

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Atlus & Vanillaware Reveal Odin Sphere Remake & New Project

Atlus and Vanillaware have announced an HD remake of the 2007 PS2 title Odin Sphere. The project is called Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir, and it's not the only thing the pair are working on.

Leifdrasir (currently only announced for release in Japan on January 14) is coming to the PS4, PS3, and Vita, and will feature new enemies, maps, and more – including tweaks to make the gameplay smoother and faster.

The two companies also teased a new project, with more info coming in September (possibly at Tokyo Game Show), which you can see briefly below.

Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir

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Atlus & Vanillaware's Upcoming Project

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[Source: Atlus via Siliconera]

 

Our Take
In a time when most companies give gamers warmed-over remakes that don't add anything new, it's great that Atlus and Vanillaware are going the extra mile with Leifdrasir (including putting it on PS3) and not letting it slow them down from new projects as well.

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Sega Says It’s Learned From Atlus, Will Restore Trust With Fans

When Sega acquired Atlus in 2013, there were fears that the niche publisher would be transformed by its new parent. Through nearly two years of releases and an unwavering commitment to loyal fans, those concerns have largely been abated.

What few (if any) foresaw was that Atlus wouldn’t just thrive under Sega, but would play a role in reforming the Sonic publisher’s business. According to a Siliconera translation of a recent interview in Famitsu, Sega has watched how Atlus operates and will be incorporating successful practices into its own business.

“As far as the Western market goes, we learned a lot from Atlus,” says Sega president and CEO Hajime Satomi. “If we can make a title with proper quality, I believe there’s a good chance for it to do well even in the West for players that like to play Japanese games.”

Satomi also says that he recognizes over the last decade, Sega has “partially betrayed” the trust of long-time fans. Sega may have something to announce at Tokyo Game Show this year, but Satomi recognizes that its shift to greater quality and its efforts to make amends to fans will be a longer endeavor.

[Source: Siliconera]

 

Our Take
As an admirer of Atlus’ games and the way the company communicates with fans, this is a multi-faceted win for gamers. Atlus seems to have established itself in its new home with no outward facing changes, and it may help Sega return to the powerhouse it once was. If Satomi and his staff follow through on the sentiments in the Famitsu interview, it may very well be the salvation Sega fans have been waiting years for.

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Atlus Is Bringing Song-Filled RPG Stella Glow To North America

Atlus has announced that it will be publishing Imageepoch’s lyrical roleplaying game Stella Glow here in North America. The title is slated for a 2015 release.

There aren’t any localized assets yet, but we have the Japanese trailer for the title so you can get a feel for the theme and combat. The title was originally published by Atlus parent Sega overseas.

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In Stella Glow, Alto (pictured above) must unite the witches of the land in battle against Hilda, the Witch of Destruction. Players will use the magic of song in battle against her minions.

Stella Glow is a new IP from Imageepoch, which developed the Luminous Arc series (published by Atlus) on the Nintendo DS. We’ll have more information about the game as it’s revealed.

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Atlus Announces Traitorous Strategy RPG Lost Dimension For North America

Atlus has announced it will be publishing Lost Dimension, a unique take on strategy RPGs. The title, which was published in Japan in 2014, will be making its way to North America and Europe this year.

Lost Dimension twists the genre by putting traitors in your midst. After each mission, you’ll need to choose one member to eliminate from existence.

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The process is handled through psychic investigation and a trial. This is randomized (unlike games like Danganronpa), meaning that you won’t be able to cheat by looking up a walkthrough.

The title is planned for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita (with PlayStation TV compatibility) this summer. It’s also headed to Europe courtesy of NIS. 

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Atlus crawls back into the dungeon with Etrian Odyssey 5

Mere days after the North American debut of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus is planning a return to lengthy, life-consuming dungeon crawls with the newly-unveiled Etrian Odyssey 5.

Little is known of the next entry in the long-running,…
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