We think it's fair to say that SEGA's acquisition of Atlus hasn't had a negative impact on the developer / publisher's output. Predominantly with RPGs but with other genres accommodated too, Atlus has maintained a steady release pattern of titles across various platforms. The 3DS saw some excellent releases in 2015, and there's hope that Nintendo systems in general could benefit from 2016 plans.
Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka was interviewed in the most recent issue of Weekly Famitsu, and he said the following when asked about plans for 2016.
In 2015, we were able to develop existing IP like Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Etrian Mystery Dungeon. In 2016, starting with Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, we plan to release a large number of titles. In the summer, we'll launch the long-awaited Persona 5. Of course, in addition to that we have several unannounced titles. I have no doubt this will be a year Atlus' popular series all gather together.
While the release date hasn't been decided, I want you to also look forward to VanillaWare's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim.
Sony systems have arguably benefitted the most in recent times, so there'll be intrigue around Etrian Odyssey V in particular. Development is said to be nearly complete, yet there's still no real information of the game beyond some nice artwork on the official website and a teaser from late 2014. It's a series that's made its home on DS and 3DS, so there's natural curiosity over whether the 3DS will get the nod, a rival system - which would be somewhat controversial - or perhaps even the NX.
All will become clear, but it could be another enjoyable year for Atlus fans.
I can't wait for EO5! While the Untold games are fine, IV is still my favourite, and if they use some of the improvements that Persona Q made to the EO gameplay than EO5 will be even better.
My body is ready for EOV!!!
@Legodavid18 Couldn't agree more! I just hope they still give the option of a non story mode as I really think the story mode is here to stay starting with V!
I look forward to playing them in 2017, when NIS America bring them to Europe.
I wish P4 Dancing was on 3DS, it would have worked, we had PQ, people exclusive to the 3DS know who these people are okay.
I need Genei Ibun Roku #FE, It has had good import impressions and looks wonderful. Hopefully they will announce its western release soon.
It'll still be forever until I get to enjoy them in Europe. Plus, they won't bring many of the nice special editions here.
Ahhh! Love EO...don't love Untold. I hope that EOV is more like IV than Untold, but honestly there's no way I'm NOT buying it so I'll just have to live with the Fafnir Knights and the Millennium Girls if they happen.
@RainbowGazelle I laughed at this and then cried realising it is true... Atlus hates us =(
EOV finally not a remake. I loved IV. I hope they expand upon it. I'm looking forward to this one.
Atlus still needs to remake Etrian Odyssey 3. As of now, we have 1,2, and 4 on 3DS.
Oh, and I'm still holding out for that Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei crossover for WiiU.
Please give us a sequel to Solatorobo!
I've been ready for EOV since I finished EOIV. Even over a year later I see that teaser trailer and get really excited. I'm really curious what kind of areas we'll see in this game.
The Untold series is fine, but I can't help but feel they were engineered to attract a more causal audience to the series. I want Atlus to focus on pleasing the fans they already have through IV in V.
@BoomtownFox I was going to write the obligatory comment about how Atlus probably can't do that (like...I don't think they can? Did CC2 get bought?) but I'm just so happy to see that beautiful game mentioned here I don't even care. cries
And technically there WAS a sequel, but I mean...mobile game, etc.: http://operationrainfall.com/2014/01/30/little-tail-story-announced/
Can't wait for V, but my OCD really needs Untold III. It would really bother me if it didn't come this generation.
New Trauma Center please Atlus?
Wait... Sega bought Atlus?!
I didn't know that! Well anyway, this is great! Atlus always puts out a great game with sweet preorder bonuses
Please bring SMT IV Final. That what I want.
Never played any Etrian Odyssey game. Sounds like its a pretty good series.
Etrian odyssey untold 3 please.
EO5 is cool of course but SMT4: Final is what I really want and thankfully Atlus is better at bringing their games outside Japan than some other JRPG dev I could mention.
I'm curious to see what Atlus gives us with EO V, now that they've eased us into accepting the existence of story mode in EO games...
Persona V and SMT IV: Final both look incredible.
Atlus- How bout something for the Wii U guys?? With its paper thin library and almost zero 3rd party competition, I'm sure you guys would make a few bucks?? Perhaps even some classics on the vc??
I'm excited for EO5, but would like EO3 Untold as well.
I can't wait to hear more about EOV!! EO4 was incredible. Don't really care about the untold games, though I suppose it would only make sense if they remade EO3.
@Expa0 I heard that! I want more MegaTen!
Why the hell can't SEGA make use of Atlus to develop the dormant IP's that SEGA hasn't done anything in years?
Like I said earlier, the only reason people are fine with SEGA is because they have Atlus. Without Atlus, SEGA is nothing.
@TerrapinJess I'm surprised you missed that news a while back. When the old company that owned Atlus went bankrupt everyone was worried who would get Atlus out of that mess. They were the only company making any profit and everyone that was an Atlus fan was hoping they wouldn't be exclusive to one of the big 3 in worries that their system would lose support. Sure Nintendo owning them would be cool and all but I'm just glad Sony didn't get them. It was best for all that a decent 3rd party got them!
EOV, SMT IV: Final, and #FE could fill out a big chunk of my year if the Western releases are forthcoming. I'm guessing localisations of these are a good ways away, but I can continue to dream.
Still, I'd love to hear more about EOV. It's been a while since the tease, i.e. over a year.
Odin Sphere is the one I'm most hyped for.
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