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Shin Megami Tensei IV's European Release Pushed Back to "Late October"

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

"We encountered a few last-minute issues specific to the EU version"

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.

[via twitlonger.com, eurogamer.net]

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Peach64

#1

Peach64 said:

Disappointing but I'm sure they'd have avoided it if they could. Really excited to finally play this.

Kyoto

#2

Kyoto said:

:(

Ah well, there's already enough fun to be had this month with 3 high-profile releases. October is fine for me.

Jazzer94

#4

Jazzer94 said:

Worst possible month to release this as now for me this goes to the back of the pile as before I would have got it for my b-day but Smash, Bayo 1+2 and Freedom Wars all come before this now honestly I don't even want to give Atlus my money at this point.

Grumblevolcano

#9

Grumblevolcano said:

Looks like I'm not getting this then, October is too packed already: Smash 3DS, Bayonetta 1+2 and Kirby Triple Deluxe (don't own it yet).

Einherjar

#11

Einherjar said:

Oh well, as long as its still on the plae, im perfectly fine with waiting another month or two :)
After all this time we already waited, this wont even matter anymore.
Also, a fixed issue is a non issue. Every other dev would have probably said "well, deadline, they have to deal with it"

Kolzig

#12

Kolzig said:

Atlus is such a pathetic company. It's not like SMT4 is the first game that they try to pull this bs with. They have in the past already showed that they do not care about the European market at all.

I really hope that the Sammy-Sega buying Atlus will change things. Sega will hopefully start to fix Atlus issues in Europe so that Europeans get the future game releases same time as North America.

It's really unbelievable that they don't even care to release the game on a cartridge and in a box to the brick & mortar shops and still even just as a digital copy it still takes 15 months to get it to Europe after the American release?

The low price doesn't help, they have completely destroyed their credibility and also the sales of SMT4 in Europe with this circus. Most of the interested gamers and fans have already stopped caring and will instead go for other games that come out during October.

Of course it could be blamed that the region lock is to fault here and I bet Atlus hopes that people will instead blame the 3DS region lock. I mean the region lock was dead idea already when it was born with DSi. But this is just incredibly pathetic for a company to mess up the release of their own game.

This is like watching Nicalis not release games (Ikachan etc.) in Europe, except in a bigger scale since Atlus games are tons more famous than what Nicalis has put out.

Jazzer94

#13

Jazzer94 said:

@andreoni79 I'll definitely be playing Fantasy Life but might have to wait for Christmas to get HW as I want Smash, Freedom Wars and Bayo straightaway.

AndymanMessiah

#14

AndymanMessiah said:

Hardly surprising. The circus continues. "We encountered a few last-minute issues specific to the EU version, and we have to fix them." Does anybody know what these last-minute issues could be?

CTs_Lieutenant

#16

CTs_Lieutenant said:

One more month is not a big deal, but only releasing the game as a download absolutely stinks. It's like they believe it won't sell well in Europe so they won't bother creating retail copies.

clvr

#17

clvr said:

I'm a bit disappointed because I think I'm gonna buy it, but at least this month I'll have Code Of Princess to keep me busy :)

Ralek85

#18

Ralek85 said:

I'm confused, what is the "European version" anyways?
I though it was not to be localised? Are there any changes made to the game at all? Something due to censorships laws or licensing or anything like that?
I assumed they would basically just put the U.S. version on the various EU e-shops ...

mookysam

#20

mookysam said:

I'm looking forward to this. :-) A month's delay isn't much in the long scheme of things and if it irons out any bugs then it can only be a good thing. Great price, too.

WYLD-WOO

#21

WYLD-WOO said:

Seriously.... After waiting patiently for this long, I've lost it with this game. John Hardin you can stick ya SMTlV... May get purchased from me, if there is some kind of promotion on it over the next few years.

People wait untill there is a real discount on this before purchasing. This has been on sale so many times on the US eshop, since it's release.

SilentHunter382

#22

SilentHunter382 said:

Well that sucks. While I am angry about the delay I thought I would have had much time to play it since I just got Persona 4 golden. This gives me more time to finish the game (Though I have played the ps2 version so many times) before the game is released.

FragRed

#23

FragRed said:

@Kolzig You make it sound like Sega are some kind of Saint. Sega have never been great at localising games for the European market even back in the console days.

Kolzig

#25

Kolzig said:

@FragRed There you are correct. The old Sega was horrible in Europe neglecting all the other countries where they did not have an official presence like Nordic countries. Actually quite a lot similar how Nintendo is doing now, terrible job. Brio toy company used to be the supplier in Finland bringing Sega consoles to Finland.

I am hoping that with Sammy Sega the situation is different.

Blaze

#26

Blaze said:

This is incredibly stupid. To my knowledge, the game isn't being translated into other European languages and it's a digital only release, hence, it is identical to the US game. I'm not a game dev, but how on earth can there be problems 'specific to the European version' when the game is unchanged from how it was released in the US?

Atlus have effectively sat on the game for well over a year doing absolutely nothing. It saddens me that Atlus can be so incompetent at localising games. I love SMT so much that I don't think I could bring myself to boycott the game, but Atlus are certainly making it hard for me to sustain a love for the games and the company.

Noelemahc

#27

Noelemahc said:

@AndymanMessiah Devil Survivor Overclocked shipped in the EU with several game-breaking bugs (literally, GAME BREAKING, the game would randomly crash in the Demon Auction or if you used certain skills during battles) that were not present in any other releases, AND retaining any and all bugs of the NA release (like untranslated text, undubbed Japanese speech, etc).

WYLD-WOO

#28

WYLD-WOO said:

@Noelemahc @Blaze - I agree with you both. I'm putting it down to either BS or a marketing reason being a Halloween release, which is no coincidence. Finding it hard to boycott the game but everyone has a breaking limit and mine has been reached. This all started way before the problems with this EU release with game breaking bugs in the first game.

Legromancer

#29

Legromancer said:

utterly pathetic. What game breaking error have they encountered that wasn't in the US version?
Allthey have to do is change the region from the Rom. Really,what did they do in this whole time?

snoox

#30

snoox said:

I did not find this game fun. It's so tedious with the combining of demons & the atrociously confusing overworld map & the menu driven exploration of like towns & also I recommend playing on the easiest level for pure Western RPG players.

LittleFuryThing

#32

LittleFuryThing said:

"We encountered a few last-minute issues specific to the EU version"

Yeah, they looked at a map and found out that Europe actually exists. That's their last minute issue.

WaLzgiStaff

#33

WaLzgi said:

@Kolzig Nicalis I can understand because they are a relatively small American publisher, but Atlus has connections in Europe. I don't know what their deal is

SleepyCrossing

#34

SleepyCrossing said:

I live in NA but just got around to picking this up last week and it is insanely addicting. I would encourage you patient Europeans not to give up on this game despite the delays- it is one of the best titles I own for the 3DS and I would say I'm maybe 15% through all of the content :P It is perfect for October as well- being creepy as hell and all... after this and Conception II I am really starting to love Atlus.

B3ND3R

#35

B3ND3R said:

Geez, this game has been in my system for hundreds of hours.. I feel really sorry for you guys. However, it's totally worth it!

B3ND3R

#36

B3ND3R said:

@snoox I take it this was your first SMT game then... If you've played SMT or Persona then you can figure it out really quick. and the demon combinations are easy for me... Then again, I've been playing these games for years..

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