Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 announced for Nintendo 3DS

While we covered two Nintendo DS remakes coming to the Nintendo 3DS from Atlus, they also have a brand new title. Atlus and Spike Chunsoft announced Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 for the Nintendo 3DS which expected to launch in August 31 in Japan for 6,480 yen ($58 USD).

The company announced that all first print copies of Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 will include a two-disc “User’s Best Album” containing popular songs from the Etrian Odyssey series. Atlus is allowing users to vote for what tracks make it into the Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2‘s “User’s Best Album” OST by voting here. Votes end in April 9th. The OST will be housed in a digipak case that will be illustrated by Yuji Himukai. Since the Etrian Odyssey soundtracks, including Etrian Mystery Dungeon, are done by Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi) this is probably something that will appeal to SEGA fans.

But wait there’s more! Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 will also be getting a Etrian Odyssey 10th Anniversary Box limited edition that will cost 9,800 yen ($88 USD) and will include a copy of the game, special box, and a 200 page Character Art Works book featuring art from all the Etrian Odyssey series. Hit the jump to see gameplay, screenshots and story details on Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2. 

[Source: Gematsu]

Atlus announces Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey for 3DS

Atlus has announce that Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey  is coming to 3DS, which will be a remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey which came out for the Nintendo DS back in 2009. This will countinue the Atlus trend of remaking Nintendo DS games for the Nintendo 3DS platform. The last ‘remake’ announced was Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology.

Atlus first teased Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey back in Janurary, this new version of Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey promises a easier, redefined version of the original title while adding new content. To see all the new information regarding this remake, hit the jump and tell us in the comment section your opinion on Atlus remaking these DS games on 3DS.

[Source: Gematsu]

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Japanese Limited Edition Leaks

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It seems we now know that Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Japanese Limited Edition exists, thanks to Amazon Japan for posting the product early. As you can see, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Japanese Limited Edition is a rather big package. So what comes in the Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Japanese Limited Edition?

  • A copy of the game
  • Special-make box
  • Two-disc Complete CD set – Includes the music of the DS original and the new music of the 3DS remake
  • 100-page, full color Special Art Book
  • Complimentary Downloadable Content Pack – A preliminary pack including five items that you can download on release date

The Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Japanese Limited Edition costs 9,800 yen ($88 USD), which is rather pricey for a Nintendo 3DS game. But if you are picking up the first print copies of the game, it will come with a ‘Character Deformation Pack’ DLC content, which changes the illustrations of the 10 main characters into chibi versions drawn by CHANxCO. The Amazon product page also details the game’s story, which you can read after the jump.

[Source: Gematsu]

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology first screenshots released

radiant-historia-perfect-chronologyAtlus announced that it was remaking their Nintendo DS JRPG classic for the Nintendo 3DS under the title Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. While fans where hoping for a brand new entry, its nice to see that more people get to enjoy the Nintendo DS classic from 2010. As you can see below in the screenshots, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a full remake having new visuals, game systems and even more added content over the Nintendo DS original. It even has voiced audio and a new character named Nemesia.

While the game has ‘Standard History’ and ‘Alternative History’ (Trump, please understand) modes, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology also adds ‘Sub-History’ which takes on a completely new story route. As for what Sub-History mode is, we will find out at a later date. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is coming out in Japan on June 29, 2017 only on the Nintendo 3DS. No Western release dates have been announced, but we will keep you posted. But its interesting, considering that Atlus also hasn’t announced a Western release date for Etrian Odyssey V, which came out last August in Japan.  What is your opinion on this remake? Let us know in the comments below.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology coming to Nintendo 3DS

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It seems Atlus’ teaser site has been revealed early, the ‘new’ game is being called Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. Sadly Sadly this isn’t a brand new entry in the franchise, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology  is actually a full remake of the orginial with some new scenarios thrown in. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology was suppose to be announced via the March 23rd issue of Famitsu Magazine, but it seems someone go the issue early and scanned the page (see above).

The franchise was previously missing in action since its debuted in 2010 (or 2011 in the West), when the game came out on the Nintendo DS. While I never got to play through Radiant Historia, it did receive critical praise achieving a 85% on Metacritic.   Since the first title came out on the Nintendo DS, it makes sense that Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is coming out on the Nintendo 3DS. Though it is puzzling that Nintendo themselves and 3rd party publishers like Atlus aren’t stopping their support for the Nintendo 3DS and moved their games to the Nintendo Switch, as everyone did with the Wii U. What is your thoughts on Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology being announced for the Nintendo 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.

Like always we will keep you updated on any news regarding Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology .

[Via Siliconera]

Persona 5 free and paid English DLC schedule released

persona5dlcWhile I don’t hate paid DLC, per say, I do miss the days when games came complete for a price instead of having a ton of paid DLC over the course of months. Sadly, Atlus seems to find their DLC practices to be working. They will continue them with Persona 5, which will feature free and paid DLC. Today, Atlus USA published the schedule for the free and paid DLC on the Persona 5s official English site. Plot spoiler, only the swimsuit outfits will be free and the rest is paid for DLC:

New Persona 5 English trailer sizzles with excitement

“Its not just Japan anymore, the whole world is waiting to see the Phantom Thieve’s next move.” 

Check out the new Persona 5 English trailer above, showing off the voice cast, characters and other aspects to expect from the game when it launches in North America and Europe on April 4, 2017. That’s less than a month away. Get hyped. For SEGA fans that have never played a Persona game, you can play any of the released main series games without having played a prior version, so its like Final Fantasy in that regard. Along with the new Persona 5 English trailer, Atlus USA also sent out this description of the game:

“Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled youth who live dual lives. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high-schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self;” the game’s heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.”

Put your mask on, question everything as you watch the new Persona 5 English trailer above. Make sure you pick up your copy of Persona 5 when it hits North American and European store shelves on April 4th only on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

[Via: Gamatsu]

Atlus launches Shin Megami Tensei 25th Anniversary project website

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Atlus’ legendary Shin Megami Tensei series is celebrating 25 years with a new website, that is teasing a new unannounced project. Since Shin Megami Tensei 25th Anniversary logo shows the roman numerals for I through IV with dates, I will assume this new project will be Shin Megami Tensei V. Not to mention the star in the logo also shows five points, so I don’t think its there just for ‘cool design’.

The Shin Megami Tensei 25th Anniversary celebration also spread to the companies’ twitter account and will probably be a huge focus for the Japanese side of the company throughout 2017. What are your guys thoughts on Shin Megami Tensei 25th Anniversary teased project? What do you hope it is? Let us know in the comments below.

[Source: Siliconera]

SEGA and Atlus Japanese creators talk 2017 ambitions

SEGAATLUS2017CREATORSTALKSEGA and Atlus Japanese creators where a part of a series of interviews conducted by the Japanese website 4Gamer, in where they listed their favorite games of 2016 and what they thought 2017 held for them as creators. The SEGA and Atlus Japanese creators that were included in the interviews included:

  • Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza series general director)
  • Masayoshi Yokoyama (Yakuza 6 chief producer)
  • Mizuki Hosoyamada (Puyo Puyo series general producer)
  • Shigeo Komori (First Production director at Atlus)
  • Kazuyuki Yamai (First Productiong director Atlus)

As a bonus, they even have Tetsuya Mizuguchi, who left SEGA over a decade ago but with the re-release of Rez Infinite it seems he can’t completely cut his ties with the company. If you didn’t know Rez Infinite is considered by many to be one of the best titles on PlayStation VR, so the game has gotten extra attention from mainstream media. Which of course is fantastic since he is a great creator.  You can read what games these SEGA and Atlus Japanese creators liked in 2016 and what they hope to accomplish next year, read it all after the jump.

[Source: Gematsu]

Atlus’ “Project Re Fantasy” first artwork and details revealed

Project-Re-Fantasy-01510A few days ago we told you that Atlus was working on a new fantasy based JRPG which would be developed by a new in-house team called Studio Zero and would be lead by in-house veteran designers. We now have more details on Atlus’ “Project Re Fantasy” which is the current title for the project. We do know that the game won’t be related to previous property and take place in a fantasy setting unlike their other Atlus games that take place in a modern world. Persona series producer and director Katsura Hasino, Persona artist Shigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro will all be working on the project.

Atlus’ “Project Re Fantasy” will have a live stream on December 23 at 20:00 JST (3am PST) and after that they will start large scale recruitment for the title. Seems that the project is still a ways off. Weekly Famitsu had an interview with Atlus’ company director and Studio Zero creative producer which you can read a translated version after the jump.

Below are scans of Atlus’ “Project Re Fantasy” Weekly Famitsu coverage:

[Via: Gematsu & Persona Central]

New Atlus fantasy RPG to be announced on December 23rd

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Atlus teased that they have a brand new fantasy RPG to reveal, which they confirmed isn’t Persona or Megaten related. They revealed that the new Atlus fantasy RPG will be announced on December 23 at 20:00 JST (3AM PST) via their Niconico live stream.

This new upcoming Atlus fantasy RPG will come from a new production studio within the company called ‘Studio Zero’ which is led by Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino, who will serve as the game’s director and producer. The upcoming Weekly Famitsu issue will have a interview with Katsura Hashino and Atlus consumer software department supervisor Naoto Hiraoka. But seeing that Weekly Famitsu information always leaks early, expect more information later today.

Above is the first artwork shown for the game, illustrated by Persona 5 character designer Shigenori Soejima. You can check out Atlus’ teaser page for the project here. Hit the jump to read the message by Katsura Hashino in English.

[Via Gematsu]

Persona 5 shows off free “Christmas Costume Set” DLC

Persona-5-Christmas-Costume-DLC-AnnPersona 5 might have missed Christmas for English speaking consumers, but the game has been out in Japan since September. Its no surprise that Persona 5 would be getting a free “Christmas Costume Set” on December 21st. Atlus Japan also announced that this is a start of a ‘five-day campaign’ where all Persona 5 DLC will be 55% off.

The campaign will run from December 21st to the 25th. That means:

  • All 800 yen (about $7) costumes and BGM sets will be reduced to 360 yen ($3).
  • All Persona 4 special theme and avatar sets that cost 200 yen ($1.69) will now cost 90 yen (75c)
  • All 300 yen ($2.50) Persona sets are reduced to 135 yen ($1.15).

Who knows if Atlus USA will wait until Christmas 2017 to give us these free costume packs. Persona 5 hits North American and European shops on April 4th.

[Source: Gematsu]

Check out these pics of the Persona Twentieth Anniversary FES event

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The Persona Twentieth Anniversary FES event is being held at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda art museum. The folks at Anime Now have posted a large gallery of photos from the… uh… gallery. The event is being held to recognize the 20th anniversary of the first Persona’s release in 1996 and will conclude on December 18th, 2017. However, tickets are now sold out, so these pictures will likely be your only chance to scope them out.

Not only will you find official artwork, accessories, and merchandise from the series; but you’ll also see Morganna and Teddy roaming, as well as Persona artwork from professional manga artists. Winners from a fan art contest on PIXIV are also on display. It looks like one hell of a gallery.

This is just a fraction of the images Anime Now posted. Be sure to check out their full report for the rest.

Persona 5 delayed to April 4th 2017, giving duel audio as free DLC

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Persona 5 has been announced in a recent stream by Atlus to be delayed to April 4th, 2017 in both Europe and America. However, on a brighter note, the game will include duel audio that contains the original Japanese and dubbed English, and will be available as free DLC at launch. Supposedly it was included as a request by people since the reveal of Persona 5, and was made possible through a “herculean effort from just about every division of Atlus”.

In addition, a playable demo for Persona 5 will be at the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, with attendees receiving a collector’s card. They also state that a PS4 theme of Ryuji Sakamoto will be available on the Playstation Network for free for 24 hours (with a tongue-in-cheek claim that Atlus was breached), and they updated the “premium edition” with the final image, which can be viewed here.

So while Persona 5 being delayed (again) sucks, at least there’s a few things to keep you interested while you wait.

[Source: Playstation Blog]

Atlus USA/Deep Silver releases Persona 5 “Game Mechanics Daily Life” trailer

Persona 5 is still slated for a western release (By Atlus USA in America and Deep Silver in European countries) Feburary 2017, while Japan had the game since September. However, the official Youtube channels for Atlus USA and Deep Silver have released a new trailer to help tide over the wait. The trailer is a quick game mechanics overview of the recurring Social Link feature in the Persona series, where the player is tasked with having a normal life on their spare time while interacting with others. As the player bonds with friends and allies, the ranking between them will increase, which will provide the player with bonuses that can aid with combat or get new items. It may also lead to possible romance depending on your actions.

In addition Persona 5 shows off a few minigames, such as a pitching machine game and a fishing game. The pitching machine game involves you hitting a ball into a target to get the best score, and the fishing game trying to reel up the biggest catch.