It’s nothing new that Atlus isn’t really fond about Europe and its European fanbase (which will be the topic of a later article). In regards to Persona 4 Arena, the beat ’em up spin-off based on the popular Persona series, that meant that the game didn’t get published at first and also couldn’t be imported because of region-locking – unprecedented for a PS3 game and a new low point for Atlus.
After that it came clear the European publishers Zen United and pQube would publish the game in the neglected realm. And after numerous delays it seems that the already previously fully localized title will finally be in stores on May 10, a whole year after its original release.
To make up for all this trouble and the long wait Zen United and pQube promised something special as an extra exclusive to the European market. Turns out it is an “arrange” soundtrack, which basically means that it’s not the complete soundtrack. It’s not even clear whether the soundtrack will be included on a CD or if it is just a cheap, inconvenient digital version only.
What is clear is that the cover has been reworked, so that the soundtrack, which also will be available only for pre-ordered copies, is advertised and thus ruining the front cover of the game (fear not, as usual the German version.had already been ruined beforehand). What’s also absolutely clear is that the game has been out for almost a year in the U.S. and can now be bought on amazon.com for 23,46€ and it will be more than twice as expensive when it will finally reach Europe.
Once again thanks for absolutely nothing Zen United, pQube and especially Atlus.