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'm really hoping Sony or Nintendo buy Atlus, but I know the chances of that are basically nil.
My personal hope is for Sony, but as long as they keep doing what they're doing, I don't really care, as long as we get more Persona!
Sony, make a move please!
sega is not the right company
Nintendo, namco, gunho, are
And the bidding war begins! Wouldn't it be sweet if Persona ended up in the hands of Nintendo?! Boss.
i just hope whoever gets the winning bit will do right by them , i honestly wouldn't mind sega getting them , so long as they let atlus keep doing what they do best ....hell maybe it'll give them some funds to ..ya know ..make shenmue3!
I hope Atlus finds a good parent company. Just hoping it's not Microsoft or EA.
Well let us hope who ever picks them up. Picks up the whole package. As if someone just picks up a piece. They just killed Atlus as a name. You have to pick up the whole package. There is no 90% or 99%. It has to be 100%.
Does Sammy still own Sega?
Square Enix is having amazing success with XSEED so hopefully Square or Sony get it. Keep it in the PlayStation family lol.
I'd prefer if they were picked up by anyone OTHER than Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo mostly because I don't want any of their games to be an "absolute" exclusive
I just hope whoever buys em just keeps letting em do what they do best,not force em to make ios or shooter games.