Neoseeker : News : ATLUS explains Persona 4 Arena region lock, responds to angry fans
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VeGiTAX2 Jul 6, 12
It's interesting to see and to some extent understandable, you have houses globally fighting to stay in their designated regions. From this point it makes sense they want Atlus USA to make the most money on this as they can from their appropriate market as in the end of the sales for that month they'll be able to raise their arms up and go "YES!". The key is they wont have fans on eBay or Play-Asia pre-ordering and grabbing it 2 weeks early so they'll maximize profits as much as they can.

Unfortunately for gamers, any step in this direction means pandora's box has been opened. It doesn't mean that Atlus will do it again although if they have another Persona title ready to generate mass revenue it could very well appear again as it's noted the North American branch has little control over these matters. It means that publishers as a whole can monitor this situation and use it as a new factor when evaluating how to push games and maximize revenue from their markets. :/ Like it or not they will essentially take flack for that in the event this ever happens again "look at what Atlus did" essentially.

They can polish it as they like but if they do a move like this and it still sells like gangbusters it gives everyone the feedback that it's something objectionable but it wont stop movement of the product.

Am I for this? No. do I understand why they did what they did? Yes. Unfortunately the industry as a whole likes to make footnotes of actions like this to test the ability to do it and weigh the possible use of similar tactics. Atlus USA sounds like they had little control on this decision and even more it sounds like even with fan response they can't promise any change can completely stick but that for now the titles in the pipeline should be free of such items. One can only hope that somehow this doesn't turn into some strange wave of new restrictions from others.
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Crafter Jul 6, 12
A well written letter. I am one of the people "principally against this" but I understand where they're coming from. With the release dates so close together it shouldn't prove more than a minor inconvenience for anyone. (Except for the Europeans I guess, who always seem to get the shaft anyway )

VeGiTAX2, I'm pretty sure it isn't about ATLUS Japan making more from NA ordering JPN copies but Japanese people waiting an extra two weeks so they can get it at like 25% off. The prices of games over there are pretty ridiculous.
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Zombie_Barioth Jul 6, 12
So in layman's terms they don't want people to import to get the lowest price, in this case it certainly makes since seeing as the more niche your series the more willing your fans are to import.

VeGiTAX2 That was actually the first thing that came to mind that if they anticipated another big seller like this we could see a repeat performance.
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VeGiTAX2 Jul 6, 12
Crafter, indeed they're trying to guide the market as much as they can in this case, don't doubt the import scene though, on many games I'll pre-order ages ahead just because I don't want to wait the extra time for the translation or holding period if I can get it a bit earlier.

The Europeans really get the shaft, not only are they not getting the game immediately but they're also locked out of any potential import situation until they get it all together over there.

Zombie_Barioth in reality they're just saying it wont happen again right away but there's no way for them to promise it wont happen again at all. If Golden was slated to be a runaway blockbuster it could be another case in the making to maximize regional sales.

In that respect it's pretty hollow though, it amounts to "we'll do our best with our limited power to express displeasure but outside of that we can't promise results"
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Zombie_Barioth Jul 6, 12
VeGiTAX2 Thats what I mean they say its an isolated incident now but that could change if they predict another blockbuster in the future.
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VeGiTAX2 Jul 6, 12
That's really the unfortunate part and it seems likely, just hope other imports don't get locked at all using the same mentality. Looking at Namco on that one for sure and to an extent even Capcom for their fighters.
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Dreiko Jul 7, 12
I just found out about this...I was planning on buying the JP limited edition for the extra goodies...and I still am...now I'm just buying the US version too!


(did the same with blazblue and stuff)
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Wakaman Jul 9, 12
I don't buy the "it's not a start of a trend/policy at ATLUS" in the slightest. I'm probably being negative but I don't see it just being a one time deal. If this works you can bet your and your grandma's ass that it will happen again.

I get that they want to make the most money possible and I respect that but I don't like being treated like a guinea pig.
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