In a move that is long overdue, Atlus has finally established a European publishing team. This will end their reliance on third-party publishers to bring their games to Europe (oftentimes with lengthy delays). In the past they’ve partnered with companies like Koch Media and Ghostlight.
Jacob Nahin, the senior PR manager at Atlus told GamesIndustry.biz that the move “is a strong example of the growth we are experiencing as a company. Publishing in Europe is simply the next step for us. What this means initially for fans is a parity for launch and premium editions. From a business perspective, we’ll be better positioned to address the needs of each market in which we release our titles.”
The new team will be headed by commercial director Simon Inch, and will be operating out of SEGA Europe’s offices in London. Two other employees will be hired soon, a PR manager and a product marketing manager. This is one of the perks of Atlus being acquired by SEGA.
This news means that European owners will be able to get Atlus-developed games published by the company themselves. It also increases the likelihood that special editions of the games, that have become regular occurrences in both North America and Japan, will now release in Europe. There’s certainly never been a better time to be a worldwide fan of the quirky Japanese publisher.
Let us know in the comments if you’re excited by this announcement, and what sort of special editions you’d like to see Atlus publish in Europe!