The lights are on
Last week, Bloomberg Japan reported that Atlus parent Index Corporation had received approximately 20 bids for the RPG-focused publisher. It was previously unclear whether Index would be including Atlus in the bidding procedure being conducted under the company's rehabilitation process.
As detailed in our previous coverage, rehabilitation is an expedited form of bankruptcy. We also know that key Index officials have stepped down in light of the ongoing fraud investigation. Index is accused of "round tripping," which artificially inflates sales numbers while offering no financial benefit to the guilty company.
One of the bidders is reportedly Sega, which is coming off a very strong quarter, bucking a trend amongst Japanese publishers. We reached out to Atlus for comment last week to confirm this report (to ensure that our translation is accurate) and have not yet received a statement.
The Bloomberg report indicates that the bidding pool will be narrowed this week.
Our TakeIt had been my hope that Atlus' success would have made it something Index wanted to keep intact. It seems that all divisions are on the table, and Index could very well be offering up the RPG powerhouse to a new parent.
There's no word yet on which other companies are bidding, but one would think that if Nintendo or Sony were in the pool, their names would have floated to the top. Wherever Atlus ends up, we hope a new owner will let the publisher continue doing exactly what it has been: delivering quality RPGs around the world.
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I don't car if they go independent or if they are bought out, as long as their new superiors don't manage to butt in and ruin the quality of their games, I'm happy.
I would love to see either Nintendo or Sony acquire Atlus. Although historically speaking, Sony would probably be more willing to purchase them then Nintendo.
Based on the information I am learning about Sega it would be awful for them to buy Atlus. I am just getting into Atlus' games so I do hope they end up with a publisher who leaves them alone to keep making successful games
sega cant even localize there own rpgs
I hope Nintendo doesn't buy them. I really think if they would, many future Atlus games won't come to market. Nintendo can barely ship their games internationally, how will they be able to keep up with Atlus' software as well? I hope a third party company gets the chance to buy them, if not, Sony would be the way to go. They are so open to releasing nearly everything everywhere.
I hope Nintendo get's a hold of Atlus, but I wouldn't mind if Sony (or Sega for that matter) gets them instead.
If Nintendo doesn't buy Atlus... then a very good 3rd party company should buy Atlus.
Too Bad. Over the past few years, Atlus has brought me into the strategy style of RPG games with their awesome artwork, captivating story-lines and, hilarious dialogue. (Plus, Snowboard kids was one of my favorite N64 games back in the day.) I hope whatever company Atlus goes to will preserve the companies values and allow them the freedom to make their games their way. Maybe a small change here or there will be good for them but, over all, lets pray that Atlus stays Atlus.
I would like either Sega or Sony to buy them.
for me. any company in japan. but, yeap. it would be better if nintendo or sony gets them...