@Animasta: Atlus still struck a deal with Zen United so that they had the rights to release it in Europe. Who's to say that they didn't comply with one of Zen's demands to region lock the game so that they could actually be profitable? It could still be related to not having Japanese people import that games from North America, but I don't think it's worth it for any of us to assume the reason this is happening and it's just best to wait for Atlus themselves to state exactly why they're doing this.
okay, but they're still basically the same reasoning so I don't see why it matters. I don't think this is a good idea either (and I have a 360 and no ps3 and really have no in to this argument) I just think assuming that because atlus does it that everyone will want to do it too is a really silly idea. I mean, you HAVE seen that neogaf thread right? Neogaf seems to be one of the bigger gaming sites around (as far as I can tell) and the fact that they're super mad is probably a signal, especially to the crowd they're trying to get (fighting game fans and persona fans are probably more internet savvy than your average CoD fan). Atlus's board as well.
I mean, these are really the only kinds of games where it matters, right? CoD and all of the big budget games come out the friday after the game was released on tuesday in the states. and these kinds of companies have to thrive on super fans, because they're niche enough that your average gamer isn't really interested. I don't even think the game is gold yet either.