This week’s publishing news


This week’s bad publishing decisions

Let’s take a look back at everything that went wrong with video game publishing this past week:

  • Deadly Premonition (digital) has been delayed from April, 26th to May, 1st.
  • The European version of Black Rock Shooter (digital-only) had been delayed only to be released one day later
  • No localized Tales of Vesperia for the PS3
  • Europe will be the only region in the world without a Project X Zone Special Edition
  • NIS America will publish Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers in Europe, alas without the Japanese audio
  • The German Soul Sacrifice demo requires a Playstation Plus membership

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.

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.

NIS America to publish some of Atlus titles in Europe in the future

NIS America recently published Persona 4 Golden, developed by Atlus and also published in the U.S. by Atlus, in Europe and is going to do the same with Etrian Odyssey 4, which is also an Atlus game.

As siliconera reports this might happen to other titles in the future, since Atlus and NIS America formed a strategic partnership to bring titles to Europe. The only downside is, that this will happen on a title to title basis in the near future, which means that we might not see all Atlus titles here in Europe after all.

This is still an enormous improvement to the previous situation, so European fans should be happy about this news.

Publisher Focus: Atlus – They don’t really like Europe

© by Atlus

© by Atlus

Atlus is a developer and publisher in Japan and the U.S. and best known for its Shin Megami Tensei Series and its numerous spin-offs like the Persona-series.

Oprainfall already did a publisher spotlight with regards to the history, their titles, etc. So this article will focus on their localization and publishing. And those are, quite contrary to their great line-up of games, rather poor…

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European version of SMT Devil Survivor Overclocked has game breaking bugs

© by Atlus

© by Atlus

This regrettably is no April Fools, but as publisher Ghostlight announced yesterday, there are two game breaking bugs present in the recently released European version of the game.

This is rather baffling. The North American version was bug-free, but the European version, which uses the same localization and doesn’t add any new features, has them despite being released almost two years later.

So in conclusion: Europe had to wait two years to get an English voice track only, bug-ridden version of the game. Thanks again for absolutely nothing Nintendo, Atlus and Ghostlight!