Knights In The Nightmare PSP Wisps Into North America

By Spencer . June 10, 2010 . 10:14am

imageAtlus is bringing at least four games to E3 next week. Knights in the Nightmare, the PSP version, is one of them. Sting’s PSP port has a brand new opening movie and analog stick controls. You can see some DS/PSP comparison screenshots here.


Etrian Odyssey III, Trine 2, and Rock of Ages from Zeno Clash developer Ace Team are also
going to be at the show.


Atlus says these are a “few of the titles we’re planning for the next few months” and these are some of the games that will be at E3. We’re meeting with Atlus during the show, so we’ll let you know if there’s anything else and ask them about Growlanseragain, if you really want us to.

  • malek86

    Awesome. Though to be honest, if I had to choose, I would rather get Yggdra Unison.Of course having both would be double awesome. So, please, Atlus?

  • I’ve never played the first Growlanser, but anyone who can squeeze into leather pants as tight as Carmaine’s is A-OK in my book. Aaanyway, I have no specific requests for Atlus USA, but it’d be nice if Atlus JPN could get on that Innocent Sin PSP port so we could have an official English version (on the go, no less) at some point.

  • RAVENKam

    I’m still waiting for my copy of DS Knights in the Nightmare to arrive in the post. Given Europe is pretty much neglected when it comes to anything Atlus related, importing is the only way to go unfortunately. I can understand Atlus not having a European arm but I fail to see why other publishes fail to pick up their releases. Yes, localisation is hard work for text heavy games but it’s a bad excuse when there is clearly a market and fan base across the region for all things Atlus.

    • malek86

      I’m afraid it’s all about demand. If we bought more of this kind of games, more would come.

    • At the moment, I can immediately think of 505 Games, who previously handled European releases of some Atlus USA releases in the past.

      • RAVENKam

        There are some, but too they’re too few and far between.

        • Have you tried asking other publishers like Rising Star Games? They did bring over Snowboard Kids to Europe.

          • RAVENKam

            I’m glad you reminded me of Rising Star Games. One of the few publishes in Europe who seem to care for more niche titles.

  • Etrian Odyssey 3! Day one purchase.

    • Electrium

      Same here! I think it’s become one of my most anticipated games of this year, to be completely honest.

      And there best be some sort of news on a certain SMT game related to the number 5!

      • SeventhEvening

        EO3 is the only one of those four I’m even interested in right now.

        But I think that Megaten title you’re hoping for will be announced at TGS rather than E3.

  • Ereek

    Poor Growlanser.Not a huge fan of their lineup this year unfortunately.

    • Hraesvelgr

      I have to agree with this, sadly. Pretty disappointing overall, unless they have some nice surprises. Luckily, Atlus doesn’t announce every game they’re releasing until the next E3 at E3, unlike other companies… Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony…

      • M’iau M’iaut

        And they are facing a good bit of competition in this niche space with the strong PS3 lineup NIS should be debuting/announcing/hinting at their post show conference as well as Xseeds PSP titles.

        Not sure if a delayed Growlanser title or two would be enough. Some sort of simulataneous P5 for the holidays however…..

      • I’m hoping Atlus has another Kenka Bancho PSP game in the works. Or maybe a Persona 2 Portable announcement.

        I’m disappointed to see Atlus pick up Knights in the Nightmare and not Growlanser as well.

    • Artavasdus

      I completely agree, aside from some games 2010 has been a rather uninteresting year regarding Atlus USA’s published titles, especially considering the astounding announcements by XSeed, the growing jrpg focus of Aksys and NiSA’s own announcements.What pisses me off more, however, is exactly the lack of a Growlanser Psp localization. I don’t think Hexyz Force or this KitN porting have a better chance in stores (I’m not hating, I really like HF), and at least HF is as localization-heavy as Growlanser would have been. The psp porting of G1 was the perfect chance to let american gamers enjoy the first chapter of a niche but renowned series, especially seeing how G2 and G3 are respectively the sequel and prequel of G1, the central title in the first trilogy. The fact that Growlanser is an Atlus Japan game and that other companies probably won’t approach them thinking that it’s Atlus USA material makes things even sadder.Of coure I really hope to be completely wrong and that Atlus USA rectifies our criticism announcing a Growlanser PSP localization at E3 :P

      • SMT: SJ and 3DDGH are GOTY candidates for me but yeah… 2009 had more punch this far into the year.

        I don’t see why they would keep G1 secret for E3, it would have been on that GIF up there right between EO3 and KitN. Prove me wrong!!

        • Artavasdus

          I can’t prove you wrong since I agree with you :P Hope is an irrational emotion, and while I desire a Growlanser Psp announcement at E3 I too think that it’s an unlikely scenario.

          That said, I think that Demon’s Souls’ unexpected success has dulled Atlus USA, both in terms of localizations and extras. Not only 2010 has had fewer and fewer localized titles (almost all from Atlus and Sting), but even their limited editions have been reduced to zero, except for the bonus package of SMT SJ and the future P3P.

          Personally I think XSeed has already beaten them this year, and even Aksys with their incredible limited editions and careful niche planning (going jrpgbeushmup at the same time is epic) is off to a good start.

    • Vino (Tim N)

      I’m not liking what I see either. Sure, theres been a couple awesome releases so far. And theres still P3P. But out of these games, I’m not that impressed.
      I wish they would take some games back from Ignition D:

  • Cloud_ST

    Nice!,I was waiting for Knights in the Nightmare,looks really cool.

  • No Growlanser? and what about Luminous Arc 3?

    • Blame #SCEA if #AtlusUSA can’t bring over #Growlanser.

      • SeventhEvening

        Atlus said they currently have no intention of bringing over Growlanser at this time, so why would we blame SCEA for that? We only need to shake our fist at SCEA IF Atlus decided to bring it over and IF it gets rejected. And given some of the stuff they’ve approved lately (Especially Lunar and Persona) it seems highly unlikely for them to block the release of Growlanser. I think you’re jumping the gun.

        • The only thing SCEA block are direct ports released at retail. They’re doing this with Move, too. No Wii ports unless there’s something significantly new added.

          I believe at one point, Atlus wanted to bring some of the Megaten games from the Saturn over to PSP and Sony weren’t too keen on that.

          • Artavasdus

            I think the only Sony branch that is against direct ports is SCEA. In Japan Atlus released Devil Summoner and Princess Crown for Psp without any kind of addition, and Ubisoft was able to release Tales of Eternia in Europe even if it was exactly the same as the Ps1 USA version (except for the title).

            Then again, Valkyrie Profile Psp was published in the USA without any problem, but that’s probably because of the importance of its publisher, Square-Enix. The same could have happened with SCEA’s alleged “only-japanese dub? no retail” rule, where Aksys was forced to publish Agarest only on PSN when Sega was able to go retail with Yakuza 3.

          • malek86

            Probably this. Sony doesn’t like direct ports, but they are willing to do some exceptions for big publishers.

            Though it’s also worth noting that Devil Summoner PSP is almost exactly the same as the Saturn, right down to the 4:3 screen, whereas at least Valkyrie Profile had widescreen.

          • Yea, Suikoden 1 & 2 got blocked, too. Sigh. It’s a real pity. I would’ve loved to have some portable Saturn games. Virtual On: Operation Moongate and the Megaten games included.

          • It’s safe to say that the publishers themselves talked to #Sony Japan, solely for the sake of telling #SCEA to do away with is “Japanese voice tracks ONLY? NO US RELEASE FOR YOU!” rule.

          • SeventhEvening

            According to people at Atlus, the reason Princess Crown and Devil Summoner didn’t come over was due to them loosing the source code to those projects. SCEA gets blamed for that frequently, but someone at Atlus messed that one up.

            Agarest might have encountered additional resistance because of how “risque” Aksys tried to play it off as. Additionally, NISA released Mana-Khemia and Disgaea 2, which both had insignificant changes, and they came from a tiny publisher. Additionally, there are now several Armored Core ports on the PSP, also with few changes.

            I think we should pissed with SCEA IF they block the game, rather than naysay from the start. The port rule doesn’t seem to be THAT hard and fast.

          • Artavasdus

            @SeventhEvening’s post below :P : The loss of the original source code was the reason why Atlus couldn’t tweak or make additions to DS and PC’s Psp ports (since they were emulated), but that hasn’t anything to do with SCEA’s policies regarding direct ports and their comparison with SCEJ and SCEE’s.

            If SCEA’s policies had been enacted even in Japan those two portings couldn’t have been released, for example.

            MK and D2’s ports had small additions compared to their original Ps2 releases, and even if those new elements are quite small they probably manage to satisfy SCEA’s rule. We must also consider that no one in SCEA is looking at every Psp port measuring exactly the quantity of new materials: they probably simply require that some additions are there, regardless of what they are.

          • SeventhEvening

            That was a rumor, but in reality Atlus lost the source code to that game (Devil Summoner) and was unable to port it. Same with Princess Crown. That rumor got started from people wanting to blame SCEA rather than Atlus.

            That’s why I mentioned Lunar and Persona. Persona was simply retranslated and a new difficulty was added as well as a cutscene or two. There really aren’t any significant changes. Mana Khemia was ported and it only had a couple measly items added. Disgaea 2 also had only the addition of a character or two. I’ve heard of the practice of SCEA blocking direct ports, but I can only name two instances that that has actually happened: Breath of Fire III and Tales of Eternia. And both of those are PS1 titles that were available in the US and have absolutely no changes. Growlanser is an “enhanced remake” which suggests some kind of change, and it was never available in the US, which makes it seriously doubtful that SCEA would block it.

          • Simply retranslated? Persona for PSP had a whole new soundtrack composed for it, among other changes. Lunar is a full-on remake.

            But you are right about Disgaea and Mana Khemia. Perhaps SCEA changed policy? I’ve actually heard from multiple sources that this no-port policy was in effect at some point.

          • SeventhEvening

            I forgot about the new soundtrack. I just remembered buying it and being shocked at how little they did to it. I haven’t played Lunar, so I don’t really know about it.

            I think it is an SCEA policy, but I don’t think it is anywhere near as strict as people make it out to be.

          • Disgaea 2 got a full new chapter of Axel D:

          • *sigh* I would have LOVED an English language Princess Crown.

            When I ordered it from Play-Asia about a year ago, it took them about a month to find and ship me a copy. (Probably because it’s so hard to find.)

  • Still haven’t gotten through all the tutorials on my DS version… I dunno, Atlus’ current lineup is doing absolutely nothing for me personally. XSEED has all of my attention (and wallet money) concerning localization titles for the next year with Ys and Legend of Heroes. Hopefully Atlus will whip out some Metal Max 3, Luminous Arc 3, Yggdra, and/or Growlanser down the line.

  • nyobzoo

    nice, good news

  • Extra_Life

    I only played KITN on DS early this year, despite owning it since release. It was an amazing game that had a great atmosphere and left me feeling somewhat sad when it ended. The PSP version is a definite purchase, in fact Imma listen to the OST from the DS game now in anticipation!!

    • Guest

      Serious question. Why are you buying it again?
      It adds nothing besides an opening animation and a dialogue library. It baffles me the same way people wanted to buy NMH in “HD” even though it was the exact same thing as the original.

      • Guest

        “It baffles me the same way people wanted to buy NMH in “HD” even though it was the exact same thing as the original.”

        Because mostly ALL gamers are shallow graphic-whores. They only care about visuals/graphics/resolution (720p and 1080p).

        • malek86

          I didn’t know the PSP could do 720p and 1080p.

          I guess I’m buying it again because of the remixed higher quality soundtrack (there are some samples at the official site) and the Yggdra route.

  • Needs more Growlanser 1, SRWOG Saga Endless Frontier Exceed, and Super Robot Taisen OG Saga – Masou Kishin – The Lord of Elemental ;)

    • Oh yeah this too! I would like another OG. You should Ask about Exceed and Elemental lord.

  • Where is luminous arc 3?!, i prefer a new game than a enchanted port… its not like atlus have to do that much of a job for knights since they already have the script…

    • Guest

      This really isn’t even enhanced though. On OP and dialogue library…thats it.

      I’d much rather have Luminous Arc 3 here. I’m starting to think it might not make it over. =/

  • Code

    rar, every friday when I’m at my local game store, hanging out, I spot Knights in the Nightmare, and every single time I debate about picking it up. I like RPGs, shmups, and strategy games, this should be very relevant to my interest. Butttt… it keeps sitting on the shelf, and I keep looking at it. Our relationship is satisfactory even without a purchase.

  • SeventhEvening

    Yes, please put more pressure on them about Growlanser.

    And what the hell is Rock of Ages? I’ve never heard of that one. And will it get a physical release, unlike Zeno Clash?

    • Vino (Tim N)

      Yeah, I have no idea what Rock of Ages is either. Need some info on that. Guess we’ll find out more about it during E3.

  • Guest

    Im pretty disappointed…
    I already have KitN and as beautiful as the EO art is….I really don’t like what the game actually is. The other two games I have zero interest in.
    If only Atlus picked up all the stuff Ignition poops outs…

    • I just had to say I love how you phrased the last sentence there. XD

  • cj_iwakura

    Okay, speaking as a HUGE Growlanser fan, and the person who’s largely responsible for driving Atlus USA crazy regarding the first game on the PSP, let’s put some stuff to rest.

    It’s probably never coming out here for the same reason Devil Summoner PSP didn’t: lack of original source code, and Atlus USA can’t translate it.

    Or rather, it’s not worth the effort.

    Or so I’ve been told. Regardless, I think it’s best we call it a day and move on.

    Get busy, translation hackers: you’re our only hope.

    • NeoTechni

      There’s a US Growlanser on PSP?

    • SeventhEvening

      Oh bollocks….They lost that source code too? Atlus…Atlus…Atlus….you really need to hire someone else to take care of your files.

      • Artavasdus

        The source code hypothesis is almost surely false: it would be believable if Growlanser Psp was a straight emulated port of the Ps1 version (like Devil Summoner or Princess Crown’s Psp ports with their respective Saturn versions), but since it’s a porting with many tweaks and new additions I don’t think that’s the case at all. They simply don’t want to localize it, for whatever reasons.

        • malek86

          I don’t think Devil Summoner is an emulated game. Some things have been tweaked (mostly, the difficulty has been lowered).

  • epy

    Kinda getting worried about Luminous Arc 3 not making it. Nice to know KitK is getting localized. I never got into the DS version so I’ll give this one a try.

  • Mullane

    Ask them about Sacred Blaze for PS2.

    • I think Atlus, like most publishers, are done with PS2 games. Sorry :(

      • Mullane

        No PS2 hey. How about asking them about Summon Night Granthese for PS2.

        *Edited for clarity. Wasn’t a serious comment, was just joking.

        • Yes that is in Japan, but most publishers and retail stores in North America are not stocking PS2 games any more which makes it difficult for niche publishers like Atlus to release PS2 games. The last PS2 game Atlus released was in 2008.

          *Ah OK then!

  • Hours

    Ask about Growlanser PSP & Luminous Arc 3 please.

  • Zeonsilt

    I really want to know about Growlanser.(I have II,III and V-Collector’s Edition).
    The graphics in V is outdated,but i like the story and the characters,and of course,Urushihara art-style.(and Working DesignsAtlus localization is very good).

  • P4ine

    I really like the Dept. Heaven games, so I’m looking forward to Knights in the Nightmare as I don’t have a NDS.

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