And perhaps it's the business decision of trying to snag some money off the Persona trend, seeing as how the Persona games became a flagship series for Atlus. Kinda saying, "Lookie here, we have one just like it." The whole "it's just as good as the real McCoy" ploy.
I do love Aksys for several of their localizations, like Hakuoki and 999, but they definitely localized some clunkers. Mimana Iyar Chronicle was godawful.
EDIT: And WTF at Time and Shiternity getting a 32 from Famitsu? I remember 15 years ago when Famitsu was seen as gospel, but now I take their review scores with a grain of salt.