ATLUS has revealed the Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection, a bundle contains the complete catalog of Persona Dancing games, including the upcoming Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, as well as a digital download for Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Aside from a physical release featuring an exclusive hardcover artbook package, the collection will also be made available digitally on both PS4 and PS Vita. The collection will release on on December 4, 2018, with a price of $69.99 for the PS Vita version, and $99.99 for the PS4 version. The price of the EU version hasn’t been revealed, but is said to be commensurate to the US version. Pre-order links are available on the official website. Amazon appears to have mistakenly sold the collection for $59.99 for a limited time before pulling it from their store.
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.
Atlus U.S.A. have announced that they will be localizing and releasing 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, which is Vanillaware’s latest title. There hasn’t been a lot of news regarding the game since it was first announced, but it looks like we’ll finally be learning more about the game soon. While not specifically mentioned in the press release, Persona Central had already pointed out earlier on that the game was briefly listed at the Atlus/SEGA E3 exhibitor page. The game had been announced for PS4 and PS Vita in Japan, though Atlus U.S.A. hasn’t confirmed any platform for the localized release. You can read the press release below, along with a few images. The newly unveiled website can be found here.
Sega of America have revealed a new promotional video for the upcoming release of Valkyria Revolution, where we take a look at the creative process behind the game’s soundtrack. The game’s soundtrack by composer Yasunori Mitsuda has received a lot of praise. In the video, he talks about his work on the soundtrack, where he joined forces with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Sarah Àlainn, a multilingual Australian-Japanese singer. You can view the video below!
Idea Factory International has revealed the launch date for the PC version of Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls. The game, a crossover RPG between the Hyperdimension Neptunia and Sega Hard Girls franchises, will be available on June 12 via Steam (the game’s store page is already online). Compared to the original PS Vita release, the PC version of the game will feature updated graphics, with most notably a 1080P resolution. You can find some screenshots of the PC version below, along with the official press release. Previously I also reviewed the PlayStation Vita version of the game, you can read that review here.
Idea Factory International has officially announced Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls for a release on Steam in Summer 2017. When the PlayStation Vita version of the game was originally released, an ESRB rating already mentioned a PC version, so this doesn’t come as too big a surprise. You can view early screenshots of the beta version below, along with the official press release. You can also find my review of the PlayStation Vita version here. Back then I noted the game struggled to maintain its 30fps framerate, a problem that I imagine the PC version should be able to fix. You can also sign up to test the beta of the PC version here!
Atlus and Deep Silver will be handling the localization of two Utawarerumono games – Mask of Deception, and Mask of Truth – to be released for both Playstation Vita and Playstation 4. Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is slated for release in the Spring of 2017, while Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is slated for release in the Fall of 2017. Notably, both releases of the Utawarerumono games will feature Japanese voice tracks with English subtitles.
Utawarerumono is a series of games developed by Aquaplus, which you may know for Aquapazza or Tears to Tiara. It combines SRPG and visual novel gameplay elements.
As far as I know, there wasn’t prior indication for the localization of these games, but it does allow more gamers access to this series of titles that they might not have otherwise had in the same manner.
Atlus USA does note that they had to edit out some content in Mask of Deception with regards to “physical discipline of minors”, but this editing was portrayed as one part of the collaborative relationship between Atlus USA as publisher and Aquaplus as developer.
In North America, both Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth will be available physically and digitally on both Vita and Playstation 4, while in Europe the Vita versions of the games will only be available digitally (both physical and digital still being an option on Playstation 4.)
Below, please find the announcement teaser trailer for Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, accompanied by Atlus USA’s press statement announcing the game’s release. Full copy of the statement courtesy of Gematsu. Our article is closed by a batch of screenshots to promote Mask of Deception.
Valkyria Revolution has received a new character trailer in Japan which introduces Maxim. Once a former second prince of a country “Ipseria”, Maxim is now a general serving in the Rus Empire. He appears to be somewhat of a personal rival to Amleth, and has the ability to use powerful magic because of Ragnite experiments that were performed on him. He’ll show up on multiple occasions throughout the game to fight Amleth and his Vanargand unit. You can view Maxim’s character trailer and some screenshots courtesy of SEGA of Japan below.
In a live stream on YouTube today, gravure model Saki Yoshida played through Valkyria: Azure Revolution on PS4, and this included gameplay segments that we haven’t seen before. In the video starting at 1:08:53, we can see her talking to characters and going through option screens in Elsinore, the capital of Jutland and your base of operations between missions. In the mission afterwards, we get to see a fight against Maxim, one of the game’s antagonists. You can see the video below, but you’ll have to watch it on YouTube as SEGA has disabled embedding on it.
An English trophy list for Puyo Puyo Tetris on the Playstation 4 has been circulating lately. Exophase has the exceedingly long list of trophies for Puyo Puyo Tetris. Should we expect to see this “Frantic Four-Player Puzzle Mashup” in the West? Let us hope so!
Puyo Puyo Tetris is a crossover project between two of the most prominent (and oldest) puzzle game franchises in existence. It was notable not just for the uniqueness of the crossover concept, but also for its release across six platforms – Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, and Xbox One. While it didn’t yield particularly large sales on its own in Japan, it did prompt a unique gummi candy promotion for a limited time.
Initially releasing in Japan during February of 2014, it has been quite some time since any sort of word describing the prospects of Puyo Puyo Tetris‘s localization have been noted. To begin with, the game’s potential for localization hasn’t often been publicly discussed, and Puyo Puyo games are for the most part not localized outside of Puyo Puyo Fever or the Puyo Puyo titles released as SEGA 3D Classics for the Nintendo 3DS.
Should this game be localized, one has to wonder what the choice of platforms would be. Certainly, Playstation 4 would already be a lock. Perhaps the 3DS and the Vita are under consideration? And since Valkyria Revolution is uniquely receiving an Xbox One release, maybe the Xbox One version will be brought over as well.
Update: A recent tweet from Sam Mullen possibly alludes to surprise over recent news about the English trophy list for Puyo Puyo Tetris. Assuming that Puyo Puyo Tetris is indeed being localized (which is not completely certain, at the moment, although still possible), this might suggest that localization is being handled outside of SEGA itself.
In any case, the news of a trophy list is cause for optimism!