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NIS America will no longer publish Atlus games in Europe

by on April 25, 2016
 

NIS America has cut ties with Japanese developer Atlus, meaning that they will no longer publish their games in Europe. Likewise, Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) games will no longer be published by Atlus in the United States.

MCV have reported that NIS America MD Takuro Yamashita has said that the publisher’s working relationship with Atlus has become fragile since the developer was bought over by SEGA. “Around ten days ago, we terminated our alliance with Atlus in Europe and the US,” Yamashita told MCV.

“Atlus became very picky about selecting the European publishing partner after it was bought by Sega. It always cherry picked its EU publishing partner based on who offered the highest minimum guarantee on a title by title basis. I noticed that it was very difficult for NIS America to establish an equal-partnership with Atlus.”

“Atlus and its European games have contributed a lot to the expansion of NIS America in Europe. I would like to express my greatest appreciation to them for that.”

NIS America are responsible for the publishing of games such as Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl and The Legend of Legacy in Europe. It leaves in doubt the fate of Persona 5, which is set for release this summer in Japan. It is unknown who will publish the game in Europe, whether it be self-published by SEGA/Atlus, or distributed by another published such as PQube.

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