Demon Summoner: Soul Hackers coming to Europe

© by Atlus

© by Atlus

NIS America confirmed that they will publish and release SMT Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, published by Atlus in the U.S., later this year in Europe. This is the second Atlus-title after Etrian Odyssey IV that will be published by NIS America in Europe as part of their new strategic cooperation.

The only sad part about this otherwise happy news is, that it’s very unlikely for the European version to feature the original Japanese audio, since the U.S. version featured only an English dub.

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No Special Edition of Project X Zone for Europe

Project X Zone the SRPG collaboration between Sega, Capcom and Namco Bandai will hit Europe on July, 05th this year, just a couple of days after the North American release. So far we only knew that the American release would get a Limited Edition packaging at no additional cost like the original Japanese release and include a poster, an art book and a music CD.

Up until now it wasn’t clear whether Europe would also receive this Limited Edition, but Namco Bandai’s UK twitter account unfortunately just announced that Europe, as only region in the world, will not receive this Limited Edition: Continue reading

Everything a “Tales of filled year” doesn’t mean

Hideo Baba promised to make this a “Tales of filled year” for the fans in the west with “a lot of surprise announcements”. A part of this is the upcoming localized release of Tales of Xillia on August, 9th in Europe. But with the recent announcement that there will not ever be a localized PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia, despite being up quite high on the fans most wanted list and even spawning a campaign for a western release, the list of possible surprises continues to get shorter and shorter.

Let’s take a look at everything that we won’t get:

And opposed to that, the announcements we got so far:

  • Digital version of Tales of Graces f which is more expensive than the retail version
  • Tales of Xillia Collectors Edition with a mediocre figure of Milla and an incomplete OST

That leaves as possible candidates for future announcements:

Quite an exciting prospect, isn’t it?

Bravely Default and Shin Megami Tensei IV headed to Europe

It’s time to rejoice and celebrate! As Nintendo revealed in their most recent Nintendo Direct a couple of games are coming out for the 3DS in Europe this year and among them are two highly anticipated JRPG’s: Bravely Default and Shin Megami Tensei IV.

While there was alway hope that Shin Megami Tensei IV would find its way to Europe sooner or later considering the U.S. announcement, things didn’t look too bright for the highly acclaimed Silicon Studio and Square Enix collaboration Bravely Default:Flying Fairy, especially in the light of Square Enix’s recent financial troubles and restructuring.

So it should come as no surprise that Nintendo will be responsible for publishing and maybe even the localization itself. It’s also likely that Nintendo will publish Shin Megami Tensei IV in Europe, which has no release date yet. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on the other hand will come to Europe in 2013 and the U.S. in 2014(!).

If you don’t know anything about Bravely Default yet, read this import review here. Also while you’re at you might want to read this and and this for six great reasons why you should be hyped for Bravely Default: Flying Fairy.

Publishing review: Fire Emblem Awakening

© by Nintendo

© by Nintendo

The critically acclaimed newest entry of the Fire Emblem series, called Awakening, will be available in Europe this April, 19th – this means almost one year after its initial Japanese launch and a little bit more than two months after the U.S. release.

We know that the game is good, but what about the European version and localization?

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Tales of Xillia release date, Day One and Collector’s Edition

Namco Bandai announced that Tales of Xillia will be released in Europe on August 09th. Several versions of the game will be available such as the Collector’s Edition for 100€ which includes an audio CD, an artbook and a figure of Milla (presumably by Banpresto). This version is limited to 10.000 copies for Europe and only available via a special Namco Bandai site.

The Day One Edition for the price of a regular copy is basically the same without the figure and a stripped-down version of the artbook (50 instead of 100 pages and no hardcover). Pre-ordering either of these versions will grant additional costumes and a custom PS3 theme.

As reported previously no version of the game will feature the original Japanese voice track, despite Hideo Baba raising hopes repeatedly.