At one point in time, Sega had a publishing partner in the European territories in the form of NIS America. Unfortunately, this partnership came to a halt and has affected those in Europe getting their hands on some of Sega and even Atlas’s games. Where Atlus tends to self-publish in America, Europe is often left out of the fold and this affects many of us (particularly on the 3DS side) as we wait for a game that might never come.
However, this issue may soon come to an end, Atlus and Sega of America (Sega does own Atlus) have reached a deal with Deep Silver to publish their games in European territories. Currently, three games have been confirmed for a physical and digital release in Europe including, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, Persona 5 and 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. Hopefully, if these games see a good amount of attention, this will lead to further games down the line which is never a bad thing, it just doesn’t feel right that Europe misses out on so much.
In an e-mail sent out to members of the press, Atlus has acknowledged their past complaints, but has firmly said “Europe, we’ve got you covered”.
Take a seat real quick, Europe; we need to talk. I know we haven’t always gotten along together, but that’s the past. And the past is the past. We’re looking toward the future. And it’s a bright one, because Atlus U.S.A. and SEGA of America are partnering with Deep Silver to release multiple upcoming titles in Europe.
Wait, am I talking about Persona 5? You bet I am. Oh, and there’s more! Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse too. And the SEGA title 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. All releasing in Europe in both physical and digital form. And it doesn’t stop there, more ATLUS and SEGA titles are in the works for this publishing deal.
We don’t have any timetables for any release dates yet (it’s safe to say 7th Dragon III Code: VFD won’t ship simultaneously), but we’ll have more on release dates in the coming weeks.
To raise everyone’s hopes, the official release does state that Deep Silver will be handling publishing duties in Europe and PAL regions, so Australian’s, Atlus has all you covered as well.
Source 2: Atlus / Sega PR