NIS America has cut ties with Persona 5 developer Atlus, potentially putting the European release of the highly-anticipated next entry in the series in doubt.
MCV has revealed that the publisher has severed ties with Atlus as the developer has become increasingly troublesome to work with since being bought out by Sega. Therefore NIS will no longer be releasing Atlus games in Europe.
This also means that titles by NIS America will not be distributed by Atlus in the United States, to further complicate matters.
NIS America has released Persona 4 Golden, Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight and Persona Q on Atlus' behalf in Europe.
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When MCV reached out to NIS America for comment on how this could affect Persona 5's European launch, they received a vague response:
"Around ten days ago, we terminated our alliance with Atlus in Europe and the US," NIS America MD Takuro Yamashita said.
"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."
An announcement regarding Persona 5 is expected on May 5 after the game's official website posted a countdown clock. Many expect an official release date, but now with this news, it looks like a European launch may have to wait a little longer. Hopefully Sega simply takes the reins on publishing and we get it in Europe exactly when we were planned to. I don't think I can wait much longer!