A joyous “Season’s Greetings” from the entire ATLUS Crew!
As 2015 (with massive emphasis on the “5” in 2015) approaches, we wanted to sit back, kick up a nice glass of nog, and reflect on the PlayStation-tastic year we had this year.
Some of you have been accustomed to your PlayStation devices being home for your Persona (or depending on the generation, Shin Megami Tensei) games, but 2014 was a banner year for ATLUS’ indie titles.
We started things off with the first-person procedural horror title Daylight from Zombie Studios, we released ACE Team’s Abyss Odyssey, the 2D platformer with a heavy dose of fighting game mechanics in it, Rollers of the Realm, and the Pinball RPG mashup from Phantom Compass. Not to mention the baby-making PS Vita dungeon crawler Conception II and the elephant-riding, turn-based strategy RPG for the PS3, Tears to Tiara II, but I guess Spike Chunsoft nor Aquaplus count as an Indie studios, now do they?
For all the tournament fighters, tournament hopefuls, and button mashers (Like myself!), we released Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the sequel to our award-winning fighting game on PS3 in September — there was an impressive final at the NorthEast Championship (NEC) fighting tourney last month. Hopefully you’ve had some equally tense, nerve-wracking fights in the online lobbies. Keep an eye out on P4AU on the long road to EVO!
But while 2014 was a great year for ATLUS and PlayStation, 2015 is going to be even bigger!
Right out of the gate, we’ll have Citizens of Earth, the indie-developed RPG from Eden Industries. Players will guide the Vice President of the World in this western take on a retro-inspired JRPG, chock full of colorful characters to recruit to your party and then force to do your dirty work. Why? Because when you’re the VP of the world, you don’t fight, you delegate. It’s coming to both PS4 and PS Vita, because we can. But seriously, this game will scratch that JRPG itch if you’ve been needing something to occupy your time.
Then of course, we can’t forget the two titles ATLUS has shrouded behind the veil of mystery — Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Persona 5. We don’t have much news other than they’re coming in 2015, but rest assured that when we do, you’ll read about it on PlayStation.Blog! We may have a few other PlayStation titles to announce along the way, but for now, keep your eye out for Citizens and more news about the upcoming Persona titles.
So as we all kick back and relax with a cup of spiked completely normal eggnog and enjoy playing a metric buttload of video games over the holiday break, please take the warm tidings and thanks we give to all of you for being ATLUS fans!