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E3: Atlus Talks About Their Past, Present and Future
05.14.03 - 4:35 PM

Atlus Entertainment has long been associated with some of the most engaging and unique software titles ever to grace the console market. This E3 marked a very special set of annoucements from the house that Shin Megami Tensei built.

Firstly, Shining Soul, Camelot's long awaited action RPG for the Game Boy Advance will be released on our shores courtesy of Atlus. We were also told that Atlus has also secured the rights to release the sequel, Shining Soul II, in North America. As Shining Soul has already been translated into English for the European market, Atlus expects a speedy localization for the North American audience.

Also on the GBA is the recently announced DemiKids. At first glance, the game shares a remarkable similarity to the countless other Pokemon-style handheld titles on the market. On closer inspection, the game brings many of the themes and gameplay systems unique to the Shin Megami Tensei series. Negotion with demons and the supernatural influences of a spiritual world in a modern setting has always been a hallmark of a MegaTen game and DemiKids promises to keep the faith.

Atlus also commented that we may see the animated series here in North America, but that negotiations were still in progress.

When asked about plans to bring their Xbox MMORPG, Shin Megami Tensei NINE, to North America, Atlus heartily responded with "No Comment."

When asked about plans to localize Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Atlus stated that they were still in the process of evaluating the title for the North American market but promised to make an official announcement before the end of the convention. And for those hoping for a dose of MegaTen goodness for their PSOnes, Atlus has nixed a possible compilation or even individual release of the Shin Megami Tensei remakes.

Atlus showcased their upcoming PS2 strategy RPG, Disgaea, with songs from Northern California punk band, Tsunami Bomb. When asked about their choice to use music from the band, Gail Salemanca, product manager for Atlus, told us he's been a fan of the band for years and that they originally only used the song "The Invasion from Within" for a promotional demo. The promotional music video went so well that Atlus' plans to utilize the song in the domestic release of the game.

Gamers familiar with the musical RPG, Rhapsody, will find more than a passing resemblance between the two games as they share the same character designer and much of the same development staff. Players can also expect a cameo from one of the characters from Rhapsody.




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