Sega is on fire at the moment, releasing high-quality games for a multitude of platforms. In an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Shuji Utsumi, the Chief Strategy Officer and the GM of Asia and Japan Studios at Sega, revealed that they are looking to globally expand future titles from Atlus for potential worldwide simultaneous release. Atlus is well-known for the Shin Megami Tensei, Persona, and Etrian Odyssey franchises. They have seen great success on Nintendo platforms, with Persona 5 Strikers launching earlier this year and selling over 1 million units across PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.
SEGA's Shuji Utsumi told Famitsu that Yakuza 7 was the most successful title in the franchise worldwide
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Here is the full quote regarding Atlus from Utsumi, translated by Nintendo Enthusiast writer Sato: “I believe that releasing simultaneously worldwide on multiple platforms will be more favorable for the titles. Of course, there will be necessary adjustments for each title, but we’d also like to focus on the global expansion of Atlus titles as well.”
Normally, there is a significant delay between the Japanese and international release of Atlus games. For example, Persona 5 Strikers launched in Japan in early 2020 but didn’t arrive in the west until February 2021. Closing that gap would be great, as would be bringing more Atlus games to more platforms like Switch. Right now, fans can look forward to Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster, which launches later this month on May 25, 2021.
Big changes seem possible, as Sega recently announced RGG Studio’s Lost Judgment, a sequel to 2019’s Yakuza spin-off Judgment. The most interesting part about this announcement was the reveal of its simultaneous worldwide release on Sept. 24, 2021. It was also revealed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon was the most successful game in the series, managing to surpass the company’s expectations.
It is nice to see that Sega is wanting to reduce the wait time for fans of Atlus games. What Atlus games would you like to see make their way to Nintendo Switch?