It's a long running complaint for European and PAL gamers, particularly 3DS owners, that a range of excellent titles from Atlus (and sometimes SEGA) either take a long time to arrive in the region or never make the transition. This is due to Atlus in particular publishing directly in North America but - in most cases - allowing other publishers to pick up the slack for the EU on an ad-hoc basis.

Thankfully it seems that's a situation that's set to change. Both Atlus and SEGA of America (SEGA owns Atlus, as a reminder) have signed a publishing deal with Deep Silver for some key titles, and hopefully if they prove a success it'll lead to further releases. Confirmed to be on the way to PAL territories as both physical retail and download titles are Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse and 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. In the email to the press Atlus acknowledges past complaints but says "Europe, we've got you covered".

Take a seat real quick, Europe; we need to talk. I know we haven't always gotten along together, but that's the past. And the past is the past. We're looking toward the future. And it's a bright one, because Atlus U.S.A. and SEGA of America are partnering with Deep Silver to release multiple upcoming titles in Europe.

Wait, am I talking about Persona 5? You bet I am. Oh, and there's more! Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse too. And the SEGA title 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. All releasing in Europe in both physical and digital form. And it doesn't stop there, more ATLUS and SEGA titles are in the works for this publishing deal.

We don't have any timetables for any release dates yet (it's safe to say 7th Dragon III Code: VFD won't ship simultaneously), but we'll have more on release dates in the coming weeks.

It's important to note that the formal PR does say this applies to both Europe and PAL territories, so that includes Australia too.

We await release dates, of course, but the good news is that two excellent 3DS titles are on the way.