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.

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!

Publishing review: SMT Devil Survivor Overclocked

© by Atlus

© by Atlus

Depending on where you live in Europe Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overclocked for the Nintendo 3DS will finally be released by European publisher Ghostlight on either March the 29th or April the 4th – almost two years after the North American version of the game.

The game itself has been well received back when it went on sale in the U.S. some time ago, but what about the publishing of the European Version?

Publishing review:

Positive:

  • Retail release
  • Physical pre-order bonus (Poster)
  • Good PR

Negative:

  • No dual-audio
  • Region-locked
  • 19 months waiting time for an already localized game
  • Pre-order bonus not available in all European countries
  • A lot of confusion regarding the release date and different release dates for Europe
  • [UPDATE 01.04.:] Game-breaking bugs

Overall grade [UPDATE 01.04.]: AWFUL*

*[UPDATE 01.04.:] Downgraded from BAD to AWFUL for the bugs present only in the European Version.

Normally the European release would have received a better grading for the fact that we will get a retail version alone, but to release an already localized game nineteen months after the U.S. version hit the stores has to impact the publishing review.

(This review only takes publishing and localization into consideration and is no review of the game itself)