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#1  Edited By EvilKatarn

Being perfectly experienced with how Atlus deals with their European fans I still find it surprising every time that we don't get a simultaneous launch with the North American version. Catherine came out 8 months after the NA release.

Has there been any rabble at all about an European release happening or should I just keep my wild Persona-fu dreams asleep until 2013?

Is the Xbox version at least region free?

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#2  Edited By Animasta

how atlus deals with it's european fans? that sounds like Atlus purposefully doesn't release them because they're assholes; Atlus doesn't have a european office. If I were you I would check Ghostlight as they USUALLY publish atlus's SMT games in Europe.

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#3  Edited By Random88

Catherine was published by Deep Silver in the Europe

Persona 4 was published by Square Enix

Ghostlight is going to publish the Devil Survivor games for Europe so there is a good chance they'll publish this too.

I also heard a rumor that Zen United, the European publisher of the Blazblue games has shown interest in publishing Persona 4 Arena

As you can see ATLUS games are published by a lot of different people due to a lack of a European office for ATLUS

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#4  Edited By Vade

Continuum Shift was published by Arc System Works Europe.

Arcana Heart 3 was published by Arc System Works Europe.

If there's a European release, I bet it will be published by Arc System Works Europe.

(With 6-12 month delay, hu-hu-hu)

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#5  Edited By EvilKatarn

@Animasta: I honestly don't think they'd have much trouble striking down a publishing deal in Europe if they really wanted to. Granted, they might have their reasons to not do that, but it's not getting the game in our hands any sooner.

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#6  Edited By Commisar123

Well you can import the U.S. version on PS3 regardless, though I'm not sure if you will able to understand our strange dialect of English

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#7  Edited By TechHits

@EvilKatarn: Well I'm sure you know a great deal about how International video game publishing rights work, It's not like it might be complicated or something.

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#8  Edited By EvilKatarn

@Commisar123: Sadly I'm on an Xbox.

@TechHits: As helpful at clearing up matters as your snide comment is, I still can't help but think that Atlus is an odd one. To me it seems like for every major release they have to search for an European distributor as if it were an afterthought, an unimportant matter. The localisation is mostly done for the NA version anyway so they either are not getting the sales they want from the European versions (explainable with imports due to large delays) or they don't care that much about the European market. If either of those weren't true then they'd most probably have a steady publishing partner by now making things easier both for Atlus and their European fans.

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#9  Edited By Vade

@EvilKatarn: I think you're confused. This game isn't being developed by Atlus, it's going to be an Arc System Works title.

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#10  Edited By FluxWaveZ

@Vade said:

@EvilKatarn: I think you're confused. This game isn't being developed by Atlus, it's Arc System Works.

Yes it is. Both developers (Atlus and ArcSys) are working on this game in a development capacity. Atlus is publishing it.

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#11  Edited By Vade

@FluxWaveZ: Oh cool.

Well anyhow, Atlus doesn't do EU releases so very unlikely that they'll start now. Probably going to be pushed out by Arc if at all.

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#13  Edited By Vade

Surprise!

Well, not really. I'm guessing latelate 2012 though.

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#14  Edited By EvilKatarn

@sameoldstuff: Very nice!

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#15  Edited By ervonymous

Oh thank god, I just learned of this. I'll buy whatever crazy collector's edition Zen United comes up with.

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#16  Edited By FluxWaveZ

Zen United is a company composed of only 6 people (based on this interview), which might explain some things. P4A will have the same box art as the other versions in EU and there will be a Limited Edition and a "Super Special Edition" as well (wonder why North America didn't get a LE...).

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#17  Edited By mutha3
@FluxWaveZ said:

 6 people

you have got to be kidding me
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#18  Edited By ethan_raiden

I have this thing on my iphone that tells me it's coming out on the 7th of august? is that the american release? is it bullshit? you be the judge

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#19  Edited By JJOR64

@Ethan_Raiden said:

I have this thing on my iphone that tells me it's coming out on the 7th of august? is that the american release? is it bullshit? you be the judge

It's the US release date.

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#20  Edited By Sploder

Shopto.net says 7th of September which seems plausible, either way there's been no official announcement other than it'll be out before the end of the year.

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#21  Edited By mwng

I'm in the process of trying to convince everyone in Europe to speak the same language so these games get localized quicker.
 
But look on the bright side, hopefully all the networking issues will have been ironed out before it releases here in December.

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#22  Edited By FluxWaveZ

@Sploder said:

Shopto.net says 7th of September which seems plausible, either way there's been no official announcement other than it'll be out before the end of the year.

Yep, word on the street is that P4A is releasing in Europe on September 7th. A month later than North America isn't too bad.

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#23  Edited By s-a-n-JR

If this game isn't in my house by the 7th of September, I may actually implode.

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#24  Edited By Sploder
@FluxWaveZ said:

@Sploder said:

Shopto.net says 7th of September which seems plausible, either way there's been no official announcement other than it'll be out before the end of the year.

Yep, word on the street is that P4A is releasing in Europe on September 7th. A month later than North America isn't too bad.

It's pretty good other than me not having the money for it ;_;
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#25  Edited By pompouspizza

@EvilKatarn: Play.com and amazon say 31st August .

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#26  Edited By EvilKatarn

@pompouspizza: I also noticed that on Amazon. Seems too good to be true, so I won't be getting my hopes up just yet.

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#27  Edited By Carryboy

Seems like everyone other then Shopto seems to be going for 31/8/12 http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/games/828955-games-release-schedule-new-releases-on-xbox-ps3-wii-and-more this is the release schedule I follow, here's hoping.

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#28  Edited By Carryboy

also just found this http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-07-07-atlus-launches-impassioned-defence-of-persona-4-arena-ps3-region-lock

"It highlighted what it considers to be "a number of triumphs" for its US publishing division: the inclusion of dual language audio in the US version, and the reduction in time between the Japanese and Western release (the game goes live in the US two weeks after it does in Japan. UK publisher Pqube told Eurogamer yesterday it's working towards a 31st August 2012 release)."

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#29  Edited By EvilKatarn

This is great news!

I hope there's some fancy stuff we get in the box too, but that's mainly been there when Ghostlight has published Atlus' games, right?

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@EvilKatarn: I'd assume that Zen will be doing a 'Super Special Limited Edition' since they pretty much have done for all their previous releases. As for a normal limited edition, most of the online retailers don't seem to have anything listed beyond the game itself.

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#31  Edited By ervonymous

Calamity Trigger had such a rough launch that I'm not willing get optimistic. The delays week after week were unreal.

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#34  Edited By Chibithor

I'm actually pretty happy with the release date. August 31st seemed like a placeholder at best and I was expecting to wait until late October or something awful. A month behind the US isn't great but it could be much worse, like if they delayed it repeatedly

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#35  Edited By dropabombonit

A month out isn't too bad considering that it took 8 months for Catherine to come to the EU. So glad that I imported that game when it came out in the US

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#36  Edited By JamesJeux007

@dropabombonit: You and me both, man.

But yeah, I'm actually really happy if this turns out to be true. I mean European players are used to WAY more delays than that. I was expecting at the end of the year or next year even. A month ? It's NOTHING at this point :'D

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#37  Edited By Karmosin

Sounds alright. Please let this be definite...

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#38  Edited By Master_Funk

I am relieved that the wait is only a month. Was afraid it may have shared the same delay time as Catherine. Now altus better make sure Persona 5 is week of US release.

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#39  Edited By Chibithor

From a Zen United twitter account: https://twitter.com/PersonaEurope/status/232520315052380160

We have not yet announced an official release date. We'd like to assure you that we are doing all we can to release P4A ASAP.

Just putting that out there, I'd guess that they're just holding off the announcement though, unless for some reason the UK release date will be different.

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#40  Edited By dazzhardy
@Chibithor said:

From a Zen United twitter account: https://twitter.com/PersonaEurope/status/232520315052380160

We have not yet announced an official release date. We'd like to assure you that we are doing all we can to release P4A ASAP.

Just putting that out there, I'd guess that they're just holding off the announcement though, unless for some reason the UK release date will be different.

Well, that's just heartbreaking. If it's out much later than the 7th then it's going to walk right into a bunch of big releases over here :\
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#41  Edited By soybob

There's a little part of me that hopes that they keep the placeholder box-art. Reminds me of European Final Fantasy box-arts of old:

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Oh, and it could do with coming out soon please.

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#42  Edited By _Dust_

I'm playing through Persona 4 and watching some of the endurance run. Getting me pumped for this game! :D

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#43  Edited By Chibithor

I might be a bit late, but to anyone interested it looks like information about the limited edition(s?) will be available soon. At www.personaeurope.com/shh though it's still empty, you can see what looks like "LIMITED E" at the top left and Teddie recommending you check back later. I'm hoping that they'll reveal the release date while they're at it, but extra stuff is great nevertheless.

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#44  Edited By FerixPepper

In the newest swedish PC Gamer magazine is an ad for Persona 4 Arena and it says Release 28/8, but I still don't think it is anything confirmed

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#45  Edited By alternate

@DazzHardy said:

@Chibithor said:

From a Zen United twitter account: https://twitter.com/PersonaEurope/status/232520315052380160

We have not yet announced an official release date. We'd like to assure you that we are doing all we can to release P4A ASAP.

Just putting that out there, I'd guess that they're just holding off the announcement though, unless for some reason the UK release date will be different.

Well, that's just heartbreaking. If it's out much later than the 7th then it's going to walk right into a bunch of big releases over here :\

It is, and always was, going to sell to persona fans and arc systems fans. Selling cold to the general gaming audience was always going to be tough.

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#46  Edited By dazzhardy
@alternate: Yeah, but I was thinking more about it coming out after something like Borderlands 2, instead of during August where there's nothing much I'm into so I could play it a bunch =P. Sadly, as it stands with no release date, I can see the online for this either being dead, or only populated by the hardcore fans, thusly making it rather hard to get into, by the time it actually comes out in Europe. There'll still be Europeans to play, sure, but that's likely going to be a smaller group, even smaller still if some of the people who might of got it will instead be getting something else. 
 
Seriously hope it doesn't end up 'Catherine'd' 
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#47  Edited By Petiew

Apparently PQube, the Uk publishing group were aiming for a September 7th release, but they can't release the game until the other publishers are ready. Unfortunately Koch Media have no idea when they'll get around to it. Looks like we could be waiting for a long time. If this story is true anyway.

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#48  Edited By FluxWaveZ

Yeah. Seems like people are talking about October now.

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#49  Edited By mutha3

  @FluxWaveZ said:

Yeah. Seems like people are talking about October now.

Man, I might seriously end up not buying the game because of this.
 
The further this game moves away from August, the less free time I will have to invest in it. If we've already reached the point where October is being considered, well...
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#50  Edited By Vorbis

As predicted, the game will probably be dead in the tournament scene before we even get to touch it.

Lets hope they can at least beat the 12 month delay that Blazblue had.

Yes, I'm still bitter I can't import.

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