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In May of 2013, Atlus released their much-anticipated RPG Shin Megami Tensei IV in Japan for Nintendo 3DS. The game was well received 2 months later upon its North American release. For the longest time however, there was no word on when the game would reach European shores. Nintendo had casually murmured it during one of their Nintendo Direct broadcasts last year, but it felt like an eternity before fans in the EU were offered even a whisper of the game’s localisation. While it hasn’t been in the most stylish or respectable fashion; Shin Megami Tensei IV has at long last arrived in Europe as a digital download. The game went live today on the European 3DS eShop. That’s 471 days between the North America launch day of July 16th 2013, and the European release date of October 30th 2014.
Shin Megami Tensei IV is now available for UK and European fans for £17.99 on the Nintendo eShop. The game has launched with 3 DLC add-ons: the Visage Pack and the White Samurai Apparel are free and grant the player exclusive costume and armor pieces. The third add-on is ‘Experience of the Afterlife’; an additional quest costing £1.19. Also, in case you don’t believe that it’s finally out; Nintendo took to Twitter to confirm it. No official statement has been given for why the game has had such a delay in its localisation for Europe.
Fans of Shin Megami Tensei and Atlus games will be familiar with similar such delays. Nintendo DS title Devil Survivor was originally released in Japan and North America in 2009. It wasn’t until 2013 when Europe received a localised version of the 3DS re-release Devil Survivor Overclocked, which had already been released in Japan and the USA 2 years earlier. Fighting game spin-off Persona 4 Arena also ran into setbacks, taking almost a full year to reach Europe, launching in May of 2013. The wait for that wouldn’t have been so bad were it not for Atlus setting a bizarre and aggravating precedent by making the disc the PlayStation 3’s first-ever region locked game. Region locking also touched a nerve with Atlus fans during these extended delays for localisation on Nintendo 3DS; especially after the DS and its Shin Megami Tensei games were region-free, so it wasn’t much of an issue that titles such as Strange Journey were not being localised in Europe. Hopefully with the release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth this November, Atlus fans in Europe will finally have a reasonable time-gap between the release dates of other regions.