Atlus strikes publishing deal with Deep Silver to release Persona 5 in Europe

The JRPG's fate was uncertain after Atlus dissolved its partnership with NIS America.

Persona 5, the latest installment in Atlus's popular series of after-school social simulators with occasional demon fighting, is due out this September in Japan and the following February here in the United States. But European fans have been left in limbo for months, unsure whether the game would even see release in their region.

The reason for this is that in Europe, Atlus's games have long been published under the European arm of NIS America, which also handles titles like the Atelier series. However, Atlus and NIS America parted ways this past April, leaving Atlus's upcoming titles without a publisher or any timeline for possible future release.

Thankfully, Deep Silver -- a Koch subsidiary which publishes game titles like Dead Island and Saints Row -- has stepped up to the plate, agreeing to publish Atlus's upcoming slate of titles, including Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse and Persona 5

"In entering this partnership with Deep Silver, I am truly delighted we will be able to release our titles in the European regions," said Naota Hiraoka, head of Atlus USA, in conjunction with the announcement. "[Deep Silver has] a strong passion for being able to deliver physical games to our fans in those territories, which we hold in high regard."

While that's good news for European lovers of vulpine TV discounts, there's still no word on a specific European release dates for SMTIV: Apocalypse, Persona 5, or Atlus's other upcoming titles. But they're happening! That's a weight off, at least.

(h/t VG247.)