Atlus is looking to have a break out year in 2016. As the most popular localizer of niche Japanese titles, it has a lot of dedication in cranking out titles that otherwise would struggle to make it to Western shores. Naturally, this means it has a line-up of titles for 2016 that is making fans of Japan drool with excitement.
From Persona to Odin Sphere to even Etrian Odyssey, Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka has declared 2016 to be the “year Atlus’ popular series all gather together.”
“In 2015, we were able to develop existing IP like Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Etrian Mystery Dungeon. In 2016, starting with Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, we plan to release a large number of titles. In the summer, we’ll launch the long-awaited Persona 5. Of course, in addition to that we have several unannounced titles. I have no doubt this will be a year Atlus’ popular series all gather together.”
Atlus’ popular series coming together? Well, let’s look down our checklist, shall we? That speaks for Persona 5, which is without question the biggest, and it launches for the PlayStation 3 and 4 in the summer. Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir will be released on June 7 and even earlier in Japan. Speaking of Japan, it will be getting the highly anticipated release of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final, which does not yet have an English release date.
Let’s not forget Genei Ibun Roku ♯FE, that weird Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei crossover title. It launched in Japan less than a month ago and is scheduled for release in North America in 2016.
What else are we missing? “Unannounced titles” almost certainly refers to Etrian Odyssey V, the next game in Atlus’ popular Nintendo 3DS dungeon crawling franchise. It has been teased and hinted at being nearly finished, but we’re still shy of an official look.
Anything else we’re missing? Possibly we’re in for more surprises, but does Atlus already have a great year planned or what?