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Good news for our European readers out there—you are out there, right?—from Atlus and Sega. The studios have teamed up with Deep Silver to release several of their titles throughout Europe. The slate of games includes some heavy hitters, namely Persona 5 and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Sega titles in the deal include 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. The deal is for both digital and physical releases. No dates were announced, though it was noted that 7th Dragon will be shipping after the North American release.
Persona fans can finally rest easy, Atlus has announced the release date for Persona 5. The game will launch on February 14 as two special version: a first-run SteelBook Launch Edition and as the “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition. The $89.99 premium version will come packed with goodies: a 4-inch plushie of Phantom Thieves member and unofficial mascot Morgana, Japanese-style school bag modeled after those worn by students at Shujin Academy, soundtrack CD, 64-page hardcover art book with work from character designer Shigenori Soejima (who will also be at their E3 booth), the launch edition’s SteelBook case, and a massive collector’s box. Shots of both editions can be found below.
Atlus has released a new story trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, and revealed that the game will have retailer-exclusive downloadable content. The video brings players up to speed on the protagonist’s death, resurrection, and subsequent allegiance to his newfound benefactor, Dagda, a god whose role in the ongoing war between Merkabah and Lucifer remains unclear. A few pictures also offer a look at the GameStop/EB Games red-and-black Power Suit, the Amazon packaging-themed Prime Suit, the Best Buy uniform-inspired Retail Hero jumpsuit.
Atlus is continuing their trend of pre-order and launch-day bonuses with Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. The game’s premise is on the player being resurrected by the god Dagda and choosing to do his bidding while taking the path of Anarchy or Peace. Early buyers will receive a three-emblem set designed around this them, with each piece representing a possible path.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, released in Japan as Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final in Japan (changed so that we “understand the game’s epic nature”), has been officially announced for North America. The storyline intersects with the events of 2013’s Shin Megami Tensei IV, and has a few of the same characters, but Atlus notes that no experience with the original is required. Instead of being based on the previous protagonists, Apocalypse is centered on the humans that live within what’s left of Tokyo. As a recently deceased Hunter, players find themselves resurrected after swearing allegiance to the god Dagda. Two paths are open to progress, either anarchy or peace, as Dagda schemes against other gods. Demon fusion returns, and there are plenty to fuse too, as the game features over 450 of them. Fusion is further augmented by skill affinities. In addition to their three demon companions, players are also joined by one of seven partners. Look for Apocalypse this summer.
Atlus has released the penultimate DLC set for Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Three downloads are on offer: Hatsune Miku’s version of Heaven (ATOLS Remix), playable in Solo Dance; the Persona 4 Golden Animation Set, which includes two tracks; and the Nanako costume set. Info on upcoming download plans can be found here on the official site.
Synergy! Atlus and Sega are teaming up to provide rhythm fans a what-if combo with the reveal that Hatsune Miku will be a downloadable character in Persona 4: Dancing All Night. The virtual idol will be available for $4.99 on October 20, and she will be bringing along Heaven feat. Hatsune Miku (ATOLS Remix). Players will be able to select her in Free Dance Mode.
Atlus has released some new media from Persona 4’s rhythm-based spin-off Dancing All Night. The latest trailers and screenshots highlight the recently announced downloadable characters Tohru Adachi and Marie. Adachi will be available in Free Dance Mode with Yu as his partner and come bundled with The Fog (Atlus Konishi Remix) for $4.99. Marie will also be available for $4.99, with Margaret as her dance partner, along with the track Break Out Of…(Shihoko Hirata & Lotus Juice). For those unsure about whether to go with the standard edition or the Disco Fever Edition, Atlus has released an unboxing video detailing both versions.
Atlus has announced that Persona 5 will not be making its initial release date. Originally scheduled for a 2015 launch, the game will now be released in 2016. Atlus notes that they are “delaying the game in order to make sure the next iteration of the Persona series lives up to the expectations of fans.” On a positive note, the Tokyo Game Show trailer was released on the game’s official Japanese Youtube channel. Check it out below.