UPDATE: Dragon's Crown will be returning to the PSN store.
In a statement provided to MCV, NIS America said that the RPG title will be back on PlayStation's online store shortly via publisher Atlus.
Below is the firm's full statement on the matter:
"With regards to our previous statements on Dragon's Crown for the European PSN, we must extend our deepest apologies toAtlusand European fans regarding the incorrect information about the removal from this store.
"The removal of Dragon's Crown from the European PSN was part of NISAmerica andAtlus'smutual agreement on this title. We are happy to announce that Dragon's Crown will be available directly fromAtlusin Europe through PSN.
"Please look forward to Dragon's Crown returning to the European PSN soon."
We now have the first casualty of the break-up between publishers NIS America and Atlus.
Atlus' Dragon's Crown – published in Europe by NIS America – is no longer available on the PSN Store.
NIS America's European Twitter account says (below) that this is due to the fact its licence for the PS3 and Vita RPG had expired, and that the firm was forced to remove it.
Those who previously bought the title still have access to it, but it is no longer available to new customers.
It remains to be seen how this will affect Atlus' other games distributed by NIS America in Europe – MCV has reached out to the former to see if any other titles are going to be affected.
In April, MCV revealed that NIS America had terminated its relationship with Atlus. At the time, CEO Takuro Yamashita said that this was due to it being increasingly difficult to work with Atlus after its acquisition by Sega.
The European branch of Sega has expressed interest in releasing Atlus games in the UK. The last Atlus title released in Europe by NIS America wasOdin Sphere: Leifthrasir, which debuted at No.23 in the UK charts last week.
@RawrWata Sadly our license expired for Dragon's Crown and we were forced to remove it from the PSN store. Apologies for any inconvenience.— NISAinEurope (@NISAinEurope) June 30, 2016