There has been some trouble, and that’s putting it mildly, between the partnership between Atlus and NIS America that eventually caused it to end. Reasons cited by NIS America in the past was that they were having issues with Sega, now that Atlus was absorbed by them. This spelled trouble for the European market as they meant that no one was available to distribute the upcoming Atlas titles for the region, leaving them out in the cold.
However, Deep Silver has stepped in and has announced that they will now be working with SEGA and Atlus to handle distribution of both physical and digital titles in all European and PAL territories. This includes upcoming titles such as 7th Dragon III Code: VFD, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, and Persona 5.
“We are delighted to have signed this publishing partnership and look forward to using all our pan-European publishing network to maximize the potential of the ATLUS and SEGA games” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media/Deep Silver.
“In entering this partnership with Deep Silver, I am truly delighted we will be able to release our titles in the European regions,” said Naoto Hiraoka, CEO, Atlus U.S.A., Inc., and senior vice president of publishing, Sega of America, Inc. “Not only does the deal span multiple titles, but Deep Silver has a strong presence in European and PAL retailers. They have a strong passion for being able to deliver physical games to our fans in those territories, which we hold in high regard.”
That’s all the news regarding this for now, but expect more news to follow. This is great news for the European market, especially since great games deserve great gamers and vice versa.