Category Archives: Atlus

Atlus Announces Persona 5’s Sales Surpass 2 Million World Wide

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This evening Atlus USA has announced that Persona 5’s total sales have surpassed two million world wide!

ATLUS today announced that the overall sales of Persona 5 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3
have reached a crucial milestone with more than 2 million copies sold worldwide. Since the initial launch, Persona 5 has earned critical acclaim, receiving recognition and awards from prestigious media outlets and fans.
Most recently, ATLUS is proud to announce that Persona 5 has been nominated in four categories for “The Game Awards 2017,” held in Los Angeles CA on December 7, including: “Game of the Year,” “Best Art Direction,” “Best Score/Music,” and “Best Role Playing Game.”
 
“This has been an incredible year for our company, one that represents our ambitions for Japanese games in the west,” said Naoto Hiraoka, president & CEO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc.. “We are in the middle of experiencing tremendous growth, both in the west and abroad, and the sales of Persona 5 represent a new level of expectation for fans of the genre. Once seen as niche, Persona 5 is one of the most important titles this year, proving interest in this category is expanding. We look forward to delivering more incredible games to our fans next year.”
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It’s always good news to hear when a game like Persona 5 is selling extremely well! It also goes to show that traditional turn based JRPGs are still in demand when done well! If you haven’t done so already, check out our review of Persona 5 here.

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Shin Megami Tensei V is Heading to the West

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This morning Atlus USA has confirmed that the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch exclusive Shin Megami Tensei V is indeed heading to the west.

ATLUS today announced that Shin Megami Tensei V will be coming West for Nintendo Switch™. Set in modern Tokyo, players will face a new onslaught of demons in the latest from the highly-acclaimed series.
More details, including release date and pricing, will be announced at a later date.
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At the current time not much is really known about the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei game outside of it’s modern Tokyo setting and development in the Unreal 4 Engine. That said it’s really good news for JRPG fans in the west that we too will be getting some of Atlus’ prime offerings alongside Japan.
You can check out the announcement trailer for the game here:

Shin Megami Tensei V Announced Exclusively for Nintendo Switch

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This morning, Atlus has confirmed that their Shin Megami Tensei HD project is none other than Shin Megami Tensei V. Shin Megami Tensei V will be launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch sometime in the foreseeable future. In the mean time, you can check out the trailer for this game here:

We will be sure to update you on more information about the game as it breaks, but this is an exciting title to finally see headed to the Nintendo Switch!

Alliance Alive Heading Westward in Early 2018

At the most recent Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Atlus USA would be bringing the most recent FURYU 3DS JRPG  The Alliance Alive to the west. A spiritual successor of sorts to The Legend of Legacy.

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It’s time to resist! Humanity must band together and unite against Daemon oppressors because ATLUS is bringing FURYU Corporation’s JRPG The Alliance Alive to the Americas and Europe for Nintendo 3DS!
The game was originally released in Japan earlier this year and features nostalgic gameplay developed with a modern touch. Featuring massive world-exploration, an intertwining story of nine protagonists, an exhilarating turn-based battle system, and more, JRPG fans will instantly feel at home when crusading against evil in The Alliance Alive.
One thousand years ago, Daemons invaded the world and subjugated all that stood in their path. They then separated the realms with the Great Barrier, which thrust the world into a sea of chaos. The barrier caused the Dark Current, an ocean current that submerged most major cities, to wreak havoc and decimate humanity. All hope was lost, and all remaining humans had to bend the knee to their new Daemon kings. Hundreds of years later, the world is about to change again… There are whispers of resistance, and now the time is ripe to bring it to a roar. Can you fan the flames of rebellion and lead mankind to victory?
The Alliance Alive will be launching physically and digitally in the Americas for $39.99, while only being released digitally in Europe.
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Etrian Odyssey V Launches on October 17th in North America

This morning Atlus USA has announced that Etrian Odyssey V will launch on October 17th in North America. No word on when Deep Silver will publish the game in Europe. Hopefully we will get some information soon on a European release! In the meantime check out the latest trailer for Etrian Odyssey V explaining the Fencer class!

Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night Announced

It seems like there is no breaks on the Persona hype train. At the most recent Persona concert we got confirmation of of not only a Persona 3 Dancing game, but a Persona 5 Dancing game to boot. Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night will be hitting Japan on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Spring 2018. You can check out the respective trailers:

Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night:

Glad to see we have playable doors in this game, and more Lotus Juice is a treat for everyone.

Persona 5 Dancing Star Night:

Will not lie this one shocked me, I thought for sure Persona 5 Arena would be the first spin off, but this games music sounds on point too.

So 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Persona fans, with more announcements on the horizon. Will we see some news of the elusive Persona Q 2? Well maybe.

Etrian Odyssey V Launch Edition Announced

Sticking with Atlus tradition, Etrian Odyssey V will have it’s very own launch edition packed with some wonderful goodies! For those of you picking up Etrian Odyssey V at launch this is what you can expect to find in the launch edition of the game:

  • 24-Page Art Book – Beautiful character art and concept sketches by the illustrious Yuji Himukai cover the pages of this magnificent art book. The unique explorers that will fill up your party are a wonder to behold.
  • 6-Track Music CD – A grand journey is utterly droll without music, so get into the adventuring mindset with an enchanting soundtrack crafted by long-time series composer Yuzo Koshiro!
  • Outer Box – The Yggdrasil and eager adventurers adorn this colorful out box which protects the precious treasures it holds within.

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This is also looking to be one of the few Atlus launch editions that dosen’t seem to include the infamous “Atlus Tax”, you will be able to pick this up this Fall for $39.99.

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Atlus USA will also be streaming some Etrian Odyssey V on their twitch. channel to celebrate the series 10th Anniversary on July 28th at 6:00pm EST. In the mean time you can check out the newest trailer for the game.

25th Anniversary Special Edition Shin Megami Tensei Deep Strange Announced

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Atlus today has shown off the cover art for Shin Megami Tensei Deep Strange Journey (or Strange Journey Redux in the US) in the most recent issue of Famitsu.

The Limited Edition will include the following items:

  • Shin Megami Tensei Deep Strange Journey
  • A 208 page art book
  • A six CD soundtrack celebrating the series music
  • A special edition box

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You can get your hands on this thing for the low price of 16,800 Yen. This edition launches in Japan on October 26th. Sadly there is no news on whether or not western fans will be able to get their hands on this 25th Anniversary edition in the western release next year. Fingers crossed that Atlus will give us something to celebrate!

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Comes to the West September 5th

Today Atlus USA has officially announced that Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will be heading to the West on September 5th.

The adventure is ending because Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will be available in Americas and Europe on Sept. 5! The game is the sequel to the upcoming Mask of Deception and takes place right after the dramatic events of the previous game.
Chaos has taken hold of the land in Mask of Truth as a conniving general has unlawfully seized the throne of the mighty Yamato Empire. The only ones that stand in his way are a couple of familiar faces who must rally different kingdoms together and fight against the powerful Imperial army. An 80+ hours long visual novel/SRPG experience awaits as you’ll get close with a new cast of colorful characters, fight in numerous exciting engagements with an enhanced battle system, explore intriguing new lands, and more. 
Utawarerumono:Mask of Truth will be released in the Americas on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in both physical and digital formats on Sept. 5. The European PS4 version will have a physical release, but the PS Vita version will be digital-only. It will be priced at $49.99 for the PS4 and $39.99 for the PS Vita (with commensurate European pricing). The game, originally published/developed by AQUAPLUS, will have its original Japanese audio
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Check out some of the screenshots for this game!
The game will also come with a nice little pre-order bonus as well as part of the day one edition of the game!
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Pre-orders and limited launch editions of the game will come with a collector’s slip case box and pillowcase bonus items (only available in the Americas). The double-sided pillowcase features the mysterious Yamato priestesses Uruuru and Saraana, and will fit on most standard pillows. Negotiating alliances, battling enemies, and juggling relationships is a lot of work, so we encourage you to lay down and rest your head on the adorable bonus item to stay fresh for the journey ahead. Full press release, asset download links, and super cute glamshot below! 
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Be on the look out for our review of Utawarerumono Mask of Deception as well!

The Caligula Effect Comes to the West May 2nd

This afternoon Atlus USA has announced that The Caligula Effect (Formerly called Caligula in Japan) Will be making it’s way to the Americas and Europe on May 2nd.

A digital prison filled with brainwashed high-school students, evil musicians, and an all-powerful virtual idol awaits, because The Caligula Effect is coming to the Americas and Europe on May 2! Originally known as Caligula in Japan, ATLUS and FURYU Corporation have partnered to localize/release JRPG The Caligula Effect as a PlayStation®Vita digital download title.
Players will follow the exploits of the Go-Home Club, a tight-knit group of Kishimai High School students who’ve discovered that their lives are nothing more than a virtual charade. They’ve come to realize that the world their living in is actually Mobius, a virtual reality construct created and ruled by an omnipotent virtual idol known as μ (pronounced myoo). This ragtag group of students must encounter crazed students known as Digiheads, battle malevolent musicians, confront the almighty μ, and face their deepest inner-traumas before tasting the sweet nectar of freedom.
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The game will also be featuring a large variety of gameplay as well:
The Caligula Effect features:
  • A human story set in a virtual world – Experience a dark story as the Go-Home Club does whatever it takes to escape the digital prison known as Mobius. The crew must defeat a group of evil music producers (known as the Ostinato Musicians) who have been working with μ, and come face-to-face with their own black secrets/desires. Written by Persona series veteran Tadashi Satomi (Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment), players will fight towards freedom as they examine the ugly psychological issues that plague the various characters in the game.
  • Multiple relationships to nurture – There are 500+ NPCs to recruit into the party to be used in combat. Each has a preassigned class (such as offense, support, etc…) and have a unique background story that’ll slowly be uncovered by completing various quests. Oh, but there’s only 4 characters in a party, so choose your teammates wisely!
  • A strategic battle system – The game features a unique battle system called “Imaginary Chain” that makes encounters an exercise in planning. Once enemies are encountered, players will seamlessly transition into battles where they can choose from 100+ skills to unleash on their enemies. While choosing skills, players can adjust timing and see a simulated preview of their attack before committing to it. Maximize damage by creating deadly attack chains between party members and don’t let enemies catch their breath!
  • Music by celebrated producers – It’s only fitting that a game about fighting musicians features original songs by celebrated Japanese producers such as OSTER project, 40mP, 164, cosMo@Bousou-P, and more!

It seems like we have another promising JRPG to look forward to this year! You can check out some of the first english screen shots here as well:

The Caligula Effect will be available for download on May 2nd! Be sure to stick around for all of our future coverage on this game!