NIS America To Cease Distribution Of Atlus Games In Europe/Australia

by Donald Theriault - April 25, 2016, 7:55 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: MCV UK

The PAL release of SMT IV Apocalypse could be hit even harder with delays.

A long standing partnership between NIS America and Atlus for game distribution has come to a close.

NIS America terminated the relationship with Atlus effective 15 April, citing contractual concerns following the buyout of Atlus by Sammy (parent corporation of Sega). In a statement to British trade paper MCV, NISA Managing Director Takuro Yamashita said "Atlus became very picky about selecting the European publishing partner after it was bought by Sega. It always cherry picked its EU publishing partner based on who offered the highest minimum guarantee on a title by title basis. I noticed that it was very difficult for NIS America to establish an equal-partnership with Atlus."

The final game in the partnership (for now) will be Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, a Playstation Vita/PS3/PS4 release tabbed for 24 June in Europe. Recent NISA releases from Atlus on Nintendo systems included Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold, The Legend of Legacy and Stella Glow.

Talkback

TOPHATANT123April 25, 2016

This can't be good news. Before NISA the publishing was all over the place, Ghostlight, Square Enix, Ubisoft and Koch. I'm not to worried about Apocalypse as John Hardin said arrangements were being made to bring it to Europe.

pokepal148April 25, 2016

But I was told localization = censorship.

No more localization means no more censorship right?

Evan_BApril 25, 2016

Quote from: pokepal148

But I was told localization = censorship.

No more localization means no more censorship right?

Yeah, but no more censorship means no more heroes.

Mop it upApril 25, 2016

Hopefully, they'll be able to find someone else to release games.

pokepal148April 25, 2016

All games should be played exactly as the developer intended. If the game was originally made in Japanese then you uncultured SJW-loving Heathens should play it in Japanese in order to respect the artist's original vision. The real reason Nintendo continues to put region locking on their consoles is to separate the true hardcore gamers from filthy casuals.

If you consider yourself a serious gamer, buy a Japanese Wii U/3DS and Japanese versions of every game you own and throw their western counterparts into a fire. It's as simple as that.

nickmitchApril 25, 2016

Quote from: Evan_B

Quote from: pokepal148

But I was told localization = censorship.

No more localization means no more censorship right?

Yeah, but no more censorship means no more heroes.

I think we're overdue for a sequel.

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