Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Atlus

The Caligula Effect launching May 2, new trailer, screens released

FuRyu and Aquria’s role-playing game The Caligula Effect will be hitting stores and online outlets on May 2, according to Atlus. Previously announced as Caligula, the game will retain its original audio track, and remain faithful to the storyline written by Persona and Persona 2 scribe Tadashi Satomi. The plot follows a group of students at Kishimai High School who realize that their world is a virtual reality known as Mobius. The virtual idol ‘myoo’ maintains the fantasy, and to get to safety, the Go-Home Club will have to strengthen their bonds as they fight those Digihead students who remain brainwashed.

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PlayStation Vita News

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception release date, extras revealed

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, Atlus’ upcoming visual-novel-styled strategy-RPG from Aquaplus, has been officially dated for May 23. As has become the studio’s tradition, pre-order and first-run copies will come with several bonuses. A special slipcase will bundle the game alongside a 50-page softcover art book. The book, previewed below, will feature drawings of heroes, enemies, and locales, along with concept art, developer notes, and faction information. Speaking of factions, a new story trailer has also been released that offers an overview of the warring kingdoms.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Persona 5 trailer highlights the Velvet Room’s Caroline and Justine

The Velvet Room’s Twin Wardens, Caroline and Justine, are spotlighted in a new trailer for Persona 5. Unlike previous entries, the player isn’t welcome in the strange room but instead will find themselves to be a prisoner. Reforming has its rewards, though, as completing prison work will gain them access to advanced features. Initially, they are limited to registering their personas and basic fusion, but after putting in some time, they will be able to try their hand at advanced and network fusion as well as options for strengthening and training. Atlus has also collected the downloadable content that they’ve announced through social media onto a new area on the official site, here, which currently features several costume and music packs (Devil Summoner!).

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Igor and the Velvet Room return in new Persona 5 trailer, screenshots

Igor is returning with two helpers, Caroline and Justine, in a revamped Velvet Room. Persona 5’s protagonist finds himself back into the strange area whenever he falls to sleep. That means that players will be able to upgrade, create items from, or fuse their collected personas. The latter is comprised of a basic ability that creates a new persona by fusing two together and a more advanced technique that requires three or more. Personas can also be created through network fusion, which will combine the player’s with a random one grabbed from another online player. Unfortunately, fusing requires punishing the personas through hanging, imprisoning, and electrifying them. It’s not for nothing, though, as the punishments enhance them in different ways. Check the trailer out below.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Four more confidants join the Phantom Thieves in Persona 5

Atlus has revealed a new set of Persona 5’s confidants. These are the townsfolk who players will meet on their adventures and agree to give the Phantom Thieves a hand. Four more are on show, with descriptions and trailers for each: Shinya Oda, Ichiko Ohya, Chihaya Mifune, and Yuuki Mishima. Check below to see the recent additions.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, Mask of Truth coming stateside

Two of Aquaplus’ visual novel and strategy role-playing game hybrids, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth, will be arriving in North America later this year. The former is set to be released this spring, while the latter is scheduled to hit outlets later in the year. Mask of Deception follows the amnesiac Haku who is rescued by a young, beastlike girl, Kuon. The duo quickly find themselves battling enemies and making allies as they get caught up in struggles taking place throughout the nation of Yamato. Mask of Deception serves as the conclusion to Mask of Truth, and is said to be over 50 hours long.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Get a look at Persona 5’s mechanics in new gameplay video

Atlus has released a new video detailing the adventures of the Phantom Thieves. Specifically, the game mechanics involved in pulling off a typical heist. After hanging up their school uniforms, the Phantom Thieves spend their nights destroying the evils within the Metaverse. Using their personas, they explore the collective unconscious of mankind to destroy what lurks in the palaces that are created by people’s warped desires. The crew first picks a target, and after finding out more about the person, uses their Metaverse Navigator to access the palace to solve its puzzles, clear out the shadows, and topple its ruler. And steal the treasure, of course, which also happens to be the person’s deepest desire. But the crew isn’t in it just for the loot, as taking the treasure will also cause the target to rid itself of evil. Shadows can be pummeled, robbed, or persuaded to join the team as a persona.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Unnamed Shin Megami Tensei title in development for Switch

A new Shin Megami Tensei entry will be available for Nintendo Switch … eventually. A brief video was released to announce that it is in development, but that’s about it. In fact, the game is so early in the development process that it only has the placeholder name of Shin Megami Tensei Brand New Title. At the moment, “Atlus USA currently has no information about a localization for this title, but wanted to present the details from the Japanese reveal of this title to the western market.” More info should be along soon, but for now, the trailer can be found below.

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Nintendo Switch News

The King of Fighters XIV patch overhauls graphics, adds fixes, more

The King of Fighters XIV has received a substantial update. The 1.10 patch addresses several unspecified bugs as well as improves functionality and adds several goodies. In addition to a complete graphics overhaul, as pictured, each character now has two new color variations, while players can customize their profiles with 100 new Titles and 50 new icons. The icons are unlocked once patched, but the Titles must be unlocked through online play, with one becoming available for each match. Additionally, players now have the ability to select characters or teams after a match in Random / Team Random on the Member Select screen, save their button configurations while as Player 2, and check out all 16 types of Background Noise Sound Effects in Free Match.

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PlayStation 4 News

Three more confidants highlighted in new Persona 5 trailers

Atlus has revealed info on three more of the confidants from Persona 5. Grandmaster Hifumi Togo, high school teacher Sadayo Kawakami, and politician Toranosuke Yoshida will all be available to lend a hand to the Phantom Thieves. To learn just how, and to see them in action, check below to find their character trailers and details.

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PlayStation 4 News