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Switch Lands Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei And A New RPG From Square Enix

At today's Nintendo Switch Presentation, a cryptic teaser trailer running Unreal 4 was later revealed to be a new entry in Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series. The teaser shows Atlus' logo spray painted on a pillar decorated with roses. The camera pans to the right to show a rundown building; the floor is torn up, the ceiling is falling apart, yet roses are growing here. As the camera continues panning, and rose petals fly, we dozens of glowing eyes in the darkness. Their demonic forms are quickly revealed. Many are familiar faces from the Shin Megami Tensei series.

After the trailer played, a Nintendo representative revealed development had just started on this new title in the series, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The video then transitioned to a Square Enix logo and a game called Project Octopath Traveler, which gave way to a map, rich in waterfronts named Water Dragon Bay, Swan Lake, and Sea of Chance. The next shot is of actual gameplay, showing 3D, storybook-like backdrops with characters roaming the streets. The characters almost look like 2D cutouts. We see a few characters in a dungeon, and a combat sequence pitting a party of three against a huge knight on a horse. The battle system looks classic in design, and may be turn-based.

No release dates were given for either title. Nintendo Switch ships worldwide on March 3.

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New Atlus RPG In The Works

Persona and Shin Megami Tensei creators Atlus have a new fantasy RPG in the works not related to those franchises. The game comes from a new internal team called Studio Zero which is led by Persona 5 director/producer Katsura Hashino. Hashino serves both those roles for the future project, which will be formally announced soon.

The game is in this week's issue of Japanese gaming mag Famitsu, and will be the subject of a livestream on December 23, 8 p.m. JST.

The first artwork from the title, below, is done by Persona 5 character designer Shigenori Soejima.

 

[Source: Studio Zero via Famitsu via Gematsu]

 

Our Take
The art certainly looks great, and more RPGs from the studio are certainly welcome.

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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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