Shin Megami Tensei IV is a highly regarded RPG on 3DS that arrived in North America in July 2013, but has had a lengthy route to European shores. While titles such as this typically wait — potentially forever — for another publisher in Europe, Atlus has gone out of its way to bring the title to the region itself as a lower-priced eShop-only release.
Originally due this month, Atlus has unfortunately confirmed that the title will be delayed until late October — the company's US PR manager, John Hardin, posted the following on Twitlonger.
After some unscheduled changes to the SMTIV mobile website raised some eyebrows, a lot of you asked for more details, so I’ll be upfront. We encountered a few last-minute issues specific to the EU version, and we have to fix them. Given the current timelines for production, it looks like SMTIV won’t be out in EU until late October.
No one likes delays. Our fans in Europe have been waiting for SMTIV for a very long time, and it pains us to have to move the release date back even further. I have talked to a few of you on Twitter, I’ve seen the angry posts on Reddit, NeoGAF, Facebook, etc., and wanted to be as direct as I could. We truly feel awful having to say “wait a little longer” for a game you've been so zealously patient for, but there is no other recourse. We’re doing everything we can to get the game out in Europe as fast as we can, so please bear with us.
It's unfortunate that there's a delay, though with a price tag of £17.99/€19.99 in Europe this will surely be worth the wait — we were rather impressed when we awarded 9/10 in our review.
Are you a European (im)patiently waiting for this release, and can you last out during this delay? Let us know.