Atlus now a 360 publisher

Starts with two Japanese RPGs.

US publisher Atlus has shaken hands with Microsoft to become an official third-party publisher for the Xbox 360.

The first titles it will publish will be localisations of Japanese tactical role-playing games Operation Darkness and Spectral Force 3 sometime next year, and teaser sites for both are already up and running.

Operation Darkness puts a supernatural spin on World War II and sees you battle none other than moustached maniac Hitler as he sweeps through Europe.

Spectral Force 3, on the other hand, puts you in the boots of a mercenary commander and asks you to amass an army of around 40 characters to battle the baddies.

Atlus has been responsible for bringing critically celebrated games like Trauma Center and the Shin Megami Tensei series to western audiences in the past.

And while Atlus doesn't publish games in Europe, its catalogue has been picked up by the likes of Ghostlight, Ubisoft, KOEI and Nintendo previously - so we should see both new 360 games here.

Pop over to Eurogamer TV for a look at Operation Darkness in action.

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