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Atlus Delays Persona 5′s North American Release To April

Today Atlus announced its highly anticipated RPG Persona 5 is pushing back beyond its most recently stated February 14 release date. 

Fans waiting for the North American and European releases of the PS4/PS3 game must now temper their excitement until April. The game is currently out in Japan, but an Atlus representative told IGN that the due to extremely high expectations for the game the publisher is "redoubling our QA and localization efforts, even returning to the studio to record previously unvoiced lines.”

To soften the blow, today Atlus hosted a livestream of the English version of the game. Fans can try the game themselves for the first time at the PlayStation Experience event coming to Anaheim, CA December 3-4.

A bit later, Atlus released two character trailers as well. 

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Our Take
Considering the game is already content complete and released in Japan, this delay shouldn't worry fans.  

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SNK And Atlus Announce The King Of Fighters XIV Championships

According to a trailer released by Atlus, a King of Fighters tournament will take place in early 2017. It will have 16 entrants from around the world competing for the title, so there's sure to be some high level gameplay on display.

This fourth wall-breaking tongue-in-cheek trailer features Antonov
trying to get KOF XIV to sell 20,000,000,000 copies along with pro
players shedding some positive light on the game. While these pro players seem to fairly enjoy the game, we had some mixed feelings.

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Our Take
A contest of champions seems like it'll be a good time for KOF fans, but it may not get new players interested in the game. Also, it's still weird that Terry doesn't ask how anyone is doing anymore.

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New Cinematic Trailer For Atlus Reactor Offers Glimpse Into Its World And Characters

Atlas Reactor's mix of strategy and MOBA skills is an interesting one, but it also features a colorful cast of characters.

The latest trailer focuses on establishing the world and characters of the game. As different factions vie for control of a mysterious attache case, the background offers insight into the game's futuristic world. It was produced by animation company Blur, who have done cinematic trailers for The Force Unleashed, The Halo 2 Remaster, and the flim Avatar. You can watch the trailer below. 

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Watch Atlus Unbox The King Of Fighters XIV

The latest installment in the long-running King of Fighters series is releasing next week. If you can't wait to hold the game in your hands, maybe you'll settle for seeing someone else hold it in their hands?

Publisher Atlus rounded up a couple employees to highlight the contents of the package players will be buying next week, including the standard edition and the "Burn to Fight" premium edition.

See the bounty for yourself in the video below. It has some goofy bits, but still does a good job showing off what you get for your money.

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For more King of Fighters, check out trailers for some of the characters here and here.

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Atlus Shows Off First 18 Minutes Of Persona 5

Yesterday, Atlus hosted a live stream where the publisher drop a heavy amount of information about its upcoming JRPG, including footage of the first 18 minutes of the game in action. For those unafraid of spoilers or a lack of English audio and subtitles You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Be sure to check out our E3 impressions of the game here.

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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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