PlayStation EU has launched their new “Big in Japan” sales, its counterpart to their PlayStation US Store’s “Golden Week” sales. It’s a very long list of games, but below you can find an overview of all of the discounted SEGA and Atlus games per system. We also included a few games from different publishers, but which have some connection to either SEGA or Atlus. Persona 5 is technically on sale as well, but in the EU the digital version has always been overpriced, and the 14% discount only brings it at the same price it was available on at launch in retail. The promotion runs until 19th July 2017.
On the EU PlayStation Store a large number of games are being discounted, and some of them are from SEGA and Atlus. In particular, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered and Odin Sphere Leifthrasir for the PlayStation 4 are part of the “PlayStation Plus Double Discounts”, meaning you get double the discount if you’re a PlayStation Plus member. This brings Valkyria Chronicles Remastered down to €7,99, definitely a good deal. There are also regular 65% discounts on Yakuza 5, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls for the PlayStation 3. You can find the links below. The discounts run until March 23.
Sony has launched its January Sales on the PlayStation Store, and it’s apparently the biggest sales they’ve ever had, with hundreds of games on sale. It also includes various SEGA and Atlus games, as well as Idea Factory’s Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls. In particular, all three Project DIVA games are on sale, as well as Yakuza 4, 5 and Dead Souls. Persona 4 Golden and its spinoffs are discounted as well, although the original Persona 4 Arena remains absent from the PlayStation Store ever since Atlus took over its distribution rights.
Catherine on PS3 receives a whopping 85% discount, bringing the game’s price down to a very low €2,99/£2.49. At that price, there’s little reason not to give this unique game a try. The same goes for Valkyria Chronicles Remastered at €10,99/£9.49. As usual, you can find the list of discounted SEGA and Atlus games and their prices below!
Atlus U.S.A. has announced that digital pre-orders for Persona 5 have gone live in the US and Europe. What immediately stands out though is the difference in price for both regions: $59.99 for the US compared to €69,99 (around $74.6) for the EU. While the US digital edition’s price is equal to the base US Steelbook edition, the EU digital edition is around €10 more expensive than the base EU physical “Steelbook” edition. I’m hoping this price is a mistake, as I don’t see a good reason for such a hefty price tag for the EU specifically. Especially since the UK price seems more in line with the US one, and is still $11 cheaper than the price in euro. I made a quick image showing the differences in price below. EU to the left, then US and then UK.
In an interview with MVC, Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka has offered his view on the release of Persona 5 and the declining console market in Japan, as well as their plans for the West. Saying that Persona 5 has “obliterated all expectations” in Japan, he also notes that Atlus has “very high expectations” for Persona 5 in the West, further noting that:
During the latest SEGA Central, SEGA Europe Community Manager Dan Sheridan answered another batch of #AskSEGA questions from the fans. When asked by Suketodara whether or not they’re planning to bring 7th Dragon III Code: VFD to Europe, Dan answered:
Right now there are no plans to bring 7th Dragon to Europe. However, we know that there are European SEGA fans who are keen to see a release. There’s nothing we can confirm today, but we are looking if it’s something we can make happen.
Video game website MCVUK posted an article today, revealing that NIS America will no longer be publishing Atlus games in Europe. NIS America’s Managing DIrector Takuro Yamashita revealed that the company cut ties with Atlus ten days ago, stating that Atlus got “very picky about selecting the European publishing partner after it was bought by Sega.”. Following the reveal of this news, Atlus (and SEGA of America) PR manager John Hardin tweeted that the release of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir in Europe will not be affected by these events. As such, it’s likely that this will be the final Atlus game published by NISA Europe.
Last week, the Dutch website Tweakers.net posted an article claiming that Sony had stopped selling the PlayStation Vita in the Benelux (an economic union comprising three neighboring countries in Europe, namely Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The information seemed credible, as the website contacted two major online retailers in the region, one of which outright confirmed they would not be selling the PlayStation Vita anymore, and the other stating they no longer had the handheld in stock, and would not be getting more in the foreseeable future. The website tried to contact Sony, but only got to hear from a spokesperson that they had “nothing to report” regarding the PlayStation Vita, and that they would not be making any further commentary.
SEGA of America and Europe have announced that Valkyria Chronicles Remastered for the PlayStation 4 will be released in both the Americas and Europe on July 17th. At the same time, they’ve also revealed a new trailer, giving people an overview of the games “BLiTZ” Tactical Battle System. You can view the trailer below! Back when the game’s release for the West was first announced, we also mentioned that Europe would be getting its own special edition of the game. SEGA Europe have now revealed the contents of this edition, and it features the following items: