Rumor: Atlus working on bringing back popular PlayStation 3 IP

Catherine-HeaderThere where many reasons why SEGA picked up Atlus, personally think one of the reasons was how well they did during the last console generation, especially when you consider the size of the publisher. Its not surprising that Atlus is being rumored as to bringing back a popular title from the PlayStation 3 era.

According to the report, this would be a sequel and/or continuation of the franchise in some sort of way. According to the source, there is also a chance that this could be a port of that PlayStation 3 game with extra content (see Dragon Crown Pro). The source also mentions that this title isn’t a numbered title and didn’t receive any DLC when it came out. Another hint in this report was that the title was teased a few months back.

So, what would the most educated guess be? Catherine! Catherine was a important title for Atlus in the PlayStation 3 era, I remember it was one of their first titles that I actually saw being sold in a store like Walmart and was a massive hit even tho the game was very niche in gameplay. According to Siliconera, a new Catherine was hinted at months ago, the title was popular and it didn’t have DLC. I think its safe to say its Catherine related. But a new game or a port with extra content? What do you want?

Atlus teases new 3DS Etrian Odyssey title announcement for Spring 2018

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Atlus recently held a Etrian Odyssey 10th Anniversary Closing Talk Show in Japan, where they teased that they have a brand new Etrian Odyssey title for the 3DS to announce sometime in Spring 2018.  It was also confirmed that this wouldn’t be Etrian Odyssey 3 Untold (Untold series is remakes of the originals).

We have known that Atlus has been working on another Etrian Odyssey title way back in September. Back then it was confirmed by director Shigeo Komori that it would be a ‘festival-like’ celebration of the franchise.  Again Komori at the event discussed the new game as a “true culmination” with “map drawing to the point that its unpleasant”. If you never played a Etrian Odyssey game, drawing dungeon maps on the second screen is a part of its charm. He also teased that there will be unexpected content in this new game. Sounds interesting and it seems that Atlus isn’t close to giving up on the Nintendo 3DS. What are you’re thoughts going into 2018 with brand new Nintendo 3DS game announcements?

[Source: Gematsu]

Atlus sets live stream to reveal Persona 5 The Animation details on December 24

Atlus is set to share new information about their upcoming Persona 5 The Animation via a live stream on December 24 at 20:00 JST. Atlus Japan is naming the live stream “Super Secret Information Reveal! Broadcast Special” which will air on live TV in Japan via Abema TV’s New Anime Channel as well as YouTube Live.

The Persona 5 The Animation reveal stream will also feature Persona 5 talent like Jun Fukuyama (voice of protagonist), Aoi Yuuki (Futaba Sakura), and Souichirou Hoshi (Goro Akechi). A lot of Persona fans love these animation entries because it adds new stories and backstories to characters found in the main games. We shall see what Atlus has to reveal by the end of the month.

Persona 5 recently won RPG of the year by the Video Game Awards earlier this month. You can pick up Persona 5 on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. If you haven’t read our review, we highly recommend the game.

[Via: Gematsu]

Dragon’s Crown Pro Coming West sometime in Spring 2018

Atlus USA has now revealed a launch window for the upcoming Dragon’s Crown Pro, which is an updated version of last generations PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game. This time its coming to PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe sometime in Spring 2018. The price for the game has been revealed to be $49.99 in the United States and $64.99 in Canada. European prices have yet to be revealed.

So what is new in Dragon’s Crown Pro that separates it from the last generation version? They have updated the in-game graphics to support 4K resolution, Hitoshi Sakimoto’s soundtrack has been re-recorded with a live orchestra, this copy will include both Japanese and English audio, and will also include all the DLC on disc. The game has also confirmed to support English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish subtitles. Dragon’s Crown Pro will also let you use your own PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita save files and even play co-op online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita users. I think that’s a great move by Atlus and Vanillaware, allowing all versions to crossplay online.

Dragon’s Crown Pro will be featured and playable at this year’s PlayStation Experience 2017 which goes on from December 9-10 in Anaheim, California.

ATLUS announces Shin Megami Tensei V releasing west for Nintendo Switch

While we knew Shin Megami Tensei V was coming to the Switch in Japan, it was still unknown (but pretty much assumed) that the game would be coming west. Today, ATLUS has confirmed that Shin Megami Tensei V will be coming west for Nintendo Switch via a short press release and announcement trailer. Set in modern Tokyo, the game has players facing a new onslaught of demons in the latest entry from the highly-acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei series. ATLUS tells us that more details, including release date and pricing will be announced at a later date. I would not be surprised if we see a cool launch edition. After the break, check out some screenshots from the upcoming game!

Stay tuned to SEGAbits for those details and more.

Nintendo Switch Shin Megami Tensei game revealed to be Shin Megami Tensei V

Back in January, we were teased that a new game in the Shin Megami Tensei series for Nintendo’s new system the Nintendo Switch. What it was wasn’t specified at the time, but commonly speculated to be a new “main” title. Now we have official confirmation that indeed it is a new installment in the main series, officially called Shin Megami Tensei V.

No specifications have been dropped, including a release date or gameplay, however similar to past installments it will take place in modern day Tokyo, along with having the franchise’s signature focus on demons and dark themes. The trailer shows two high school students walking in a hallway presumably from an airport, and then transitions into a tunnel with countless dead demons, set in what appears to be an apocalyptic Tokyo ravaged by monstrous winged demons.

While information is scare on Shin Megami Tensei V, more information might be dropped by next year. So stay tuned for more.

 

ATLUS online store launches with Persona 5 merchandise available for pre-order

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While the SEGA Shop opens tomorrow, today the ATLUS Online Store launched with merchandise from Persona 5. The store is being dubbed a work in progress and will initially serve North America with plans to expand globally. Currently available are dozens of items including Morgana and Jack Frost plushies, hoodies, “The Phantom Thieves” t-shirts, pins, phone cases and more. Several items are imports, being made available for the first time outside of Anime Expo. Pre-orders are expected to ship late November to early December and are available while supplies last.

Visit the store for yourself, and happy shopping!

Persona 5 to release Ann’s Hoodie and Futaba’s Jacket, pre-orders up now

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Japanese clothing company Cospa, who mostly does cosplay costumes and appearl have announced that they are working with Persona 5 character designer Shigenori Soejima to bring in-game clothing to real life. The first official set that they are releasing are Ann Takamaki’s hoodie and Futaba Sakura’s jacket. These pieces will hit Japan in early 2018.

The Ann Takamaki hoodie is up to pre-order right now on Atlus’ shop for 18,500 yen ($165 USD) plus tax. They ship in January 2018 for pre-orders and will be at general shops in February. Futaba Sakura’s jacket on the other hand features removable fur for its hood and is available to pre-order for 19,800 yen ($176 USD) at the Atlus shop. It will ship on February 2018 for pre-orders and March for general sales.

[Source: Siliconera]

Atlus releases statement on why they issued DMCA takedowns for PlayStation 3 emulator

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Atlus games have had a long history of having a niche, hardcore fanbase. But over the last half decade, they have been getting more and more popular, the issue with a lot of the new fans is that they don’t release their games on a lot of platforms. For example if you want to play Persona 5, you have to play it on either PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. Well, unless you want to play it on a emulator and PC gamers have been using RPCS3, a PlayStation 3 emulator to play some of the latest Atlus games.

Earlier this week Atlus sent out DMCA takedowns for the developers behind RPCS3 and its Patreon page, which is where they fund the emulator. This is why, according to Atlus:

SEGA developed Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation gameplay

SEGA showed off their joint mobile project with Atlus (SEGA is developing, Atlus is writing it) called Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation. In the mobile game you play a protagonist that joins a group who call themselves “Liberators”, a secret organization that protects the world. The game features turn base battles, demon fusions and demon negotiations, just like past Atlus Shin Megami Tensei titles.

SEGA has also posted up a application for the Android version which will give you the latest game information, campaign news, videos, and more about Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation. SEGA promises that a ‘Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Info‘ app will be launching on iOS soon. It seems that SEGA is really making a big deal about this project and thinks it will be a huge success. What is your vibe from watching 11 minutes of gameplay (from the video above)?

[Source: Gematsu]

Check out all the SEGA & Atlus’ merchandise for Tokyo Game Show 2017

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Its that time of year again, when SEGA of Japan loads up Tokyo Game Show with a ton of amazing SEGA merchandise that makes us westerners scream, “Take my money!” I would say that SEGA’s Tokyo Game Show 2017 lineup is actually really good compared to last year, so expect a ton of great merchandise to follow. SEGA is not only set on bringing you merchandise for upcoming games like Sonic the Hedgehog,  Yakuza, Puyo Puyo, Hatsune Miku, and a ton more. But they are also doing Retro SEGA console merchandise which is very appealing. To add the cherry on top SEGA will also be selling Atlus merchindise including Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5 stuff!

So lets get into it:

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Demo Hits 3DS eShop

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If you have been waiting for Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth for the Nintendo 3DS, it seems you can now play the demo since it has hit the Nintendo eShop.

The Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth demo will let you create a party with every character and class available. The only limit imposed in the demo, compared to the full version is that it only lets you reach level 10 and explore until the third floor in the tree dungeon. But if you like Etrian Oydssey V: Beyond the Myth demo and you buy the full game, your demo data will transfer over to the full release. Pretty cool and worth giving the franchise a try, if you haven’t already.

Etrian Odyssey V Beyond the Myth will also have a launch edition as shown above that will come with a 24-page art book, six track music CD and an outer box. SEGA fans might also like to know that Etrian Odyssey franchise features music by Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi), which to me is a huge selling point. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth comes out in North America on October 17, 2017 only on Nintendo 3DS.

Dragon’s Crown for PlayStation 4 Leaked Early by TGS 2017 Banner

AyNdgm6It seems that SEGA/Atlus can’t catch a break from these early leaks, at least lately. Just the other day the Bayonetta/Vanquish double pack and Shenmue I & II HD Remasters got leaked via retailers. Now it seems that Atlus has a port of Dragon’s Crown in the works for PlayStation 4.The game was leaked via the banner below that was posted on Atlus’ Tokyo Game Show 2017 NicoNico Live steaming page and was was suppose to be promoting a ‘limited edition’ version of Dragon’s Crown for PlayStation 4.

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Obviously Dragon’s Crown came out for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita back in 2013. So this will probably be a port of that game. Not surprising considering that Atlus and Vanillaware also brought the then PlayStation 2 exclusive Odin Sphere to modern Sony consoles.  I’m sure a beat ’em up game like Dragon’s Crown would do well on the PlayStation 4. What are your thoughts on this leak? Would you buy Dragon’s Crown on a current generation system?

[Via: Siliconera]

Atlus bringing “new classic RPG” The Alliance Alive to the West

Atlus USA just released the new trailer above to announce that they will be bringing the “new classic RPG” by FuRyu studio’s (The Legend of Legacy) The Alliance Alive to the West. The game is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS.

The idea behind it being a “new classic RPG” is that the team took traditional RPG ideas and rebuild them for modern tastes. The story will have you and other humans going up against the authority of Amodians who have ruled over the world of hundreds of years. The world will be split into several zones where you will interact with unique cultures. The game even has nine playable characters and from what I gather has a similar art style to the team’s last game The Legend of Legacy.

I personally picked up The Legend of Legacy on launch because I liked the art style it was going for and wasn’t all that impressed with the game. It was just alright. I hope The Alliance Alive is a lot better.

 

Humble Bundle having a Capcom x SEGA x Atlus bundle

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Humble Bundle is teaming up with Capcom, SEGA and Atlus to deliver a bundle of their PC games for a very affordable price. Like every Humble Bundle released in the past, this will have three tiers:

Pay $1 or more: 

  • Rollers of the Realm (Atlus)
  • Zeno Clash II (Atlus)
  • Sonic Adventure 2 (SEGA)
  • Bionic Commando (Capcom)
  • Citizens of Earth (Atlus)

Beat the average, $6.49 to unlock the previous and: 

  • Renegade Ops (SEGA)
  • Sonic Generations (SEGA)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Dead Rising (Capcom)
  • Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (Atlus)

Pay $12 to unlock the previous and: 

  • Motorsport Manager (SEGA)
  • Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom)

All titles redeem on Steam. This bundle will include four SEGA published games, four Atlus published games and four Capcom published games. This bundle also gives you bonuses like 50% off select Capcom, SEGA and Atlus game which includes The Deadly Tower of Monsters, Dawn of War III or Street Fighter V.