Sega of America and Atlus USA are partnering with Deep Silver to bring multiple titles to Europe. The publishing deal includes Persona 5, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, and 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. Deep Silver, a subsidiary of German corporation Koch Media, will be responsible for handling those Sega and Atlus games in PAL territories and every game in the deal will be seeing a digital and physical release.
"We are delighted to have signed this publishing partnership and look forward to using all our pan-European publishing network to maximize the potential of the ATLUS and SEGA games" said Deep Silver CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz.
"In entering this partnership with Deep Silver, I am truly delighted we will be able to release our titles in the European regions," said Atlus USA CEO and Sega of America senior vice president of publishing Naoto Hiraoka. "Not only does the deal span multiple titles, but Deep Silver has a strong presence in European and PAL retailers. They have a strong passion for being able to deliver physical games to our fans in those territories, which we hold in high regard."
There are currently no release dates for any of the announced titles. This is an ongoing publishing deal, so while Persona 5, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, and 7th Dragon III Code: VFD are the first games announced, there are further titles in the works.
Atlus and Europe have had a rocky relationship for a long time now. Atlus lacks a dedicated European office and the resources to really handle the entire region. Its games release in English, usually missing the additional localizations needed for the region, including German and Spanish. With this partnership, Atlus no longer has to worry about having the European infrastructure to handle its titles in the region. Assuming Deep Silver does a great job, this seems like a win for everyone.