The lights are on
Earlier this week, we reported that Atlus parent Index Corporation had been acquired by Sega Sammy. Fans were left wondering how this would affect the publisher and its North American arm, which is responsible for localizing Japanese titles. Today, we have good news.
In the first post-acquisition announcement Atlus president and CEO Naoto Hiraoka indicates that things will be business as usual. The full statement follows.
Dear fans and customers,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your support of ATLUS products.
As announced Tuesday through various news channels, we are going to continue with our business operations as part of SEGA SAMMY HOLDINGS effective November 1, 2013.
As you may already know, Index Corporation filed for Civil Rehabilitation Proceedings in Japan on June 27 and since then, has been searching for a solution which would allow us to continue our business of making great games.
ATLUS has consistently received support and praise from our Faithful and our respected customers, and made great progress in recent years. So the recent incident must have surprised and worried all of you dearly. For that, I would like to express my deepest apologies.
We have nurtured a great relationship with SEGA Inc. for a long time, especially concerning our consumer games business in Japan. I believe the collaboration between the two companies at this time will be mutually beneficial for the following reasons:
Sega understands our drive to achieve quality and to expand awareness of the ATLUS brand.
Our respective strengths in game development complement each other well.
We are extremely happy to be able to continue with our business, and be able to report this good news to our fans and customers. Again, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported us.
Currently, we at the Consumer Software Division in Japan are focusing on developing future titles, and are willing to take on new challenges to further achieve growth and success.
Please stay tuned for future updates.
President and CEO
Our TakeThis is the best possible result of the acquisition. Atlus will continue to develop and publish the games that fans enjoy, and Atlus USA will be able to bring them North American gamers. As a fan of Atlus' consumer-friendly approach and focus on serving the JRPG fan community, I'm relieved. Now, about Persona 5...
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About Persona 5 indeed...
I think Sega is a good company to own Atlus. They can still release games on whatever platforms they want to.
Thank God we still have Atlus. Obvious Persona love aside, this company is one of the best in the gaming community and I am glad to see that they will still be able to continue their reign of producing excellent games.
This makes me VERY happy
For him to write and express to his fans make me love this company even more
Hello. Welcome to the velvet room.
We will see if this is the best possible result. Right now its talk. Things will change. And we will see if its good or bad
God damn I want Persona 5 so bad. I say just pop it on next gen ps4. Already past this whole gen by. NEED THAT
atlus is and always will be in my heart ever since the first bonk game. maybe you could give us zeno clash one and two console versions on disc.
This makes me very happy! Atlus is so great!
Maybe Sega can actually learn a thing or two from them about localization...
Just keep doing what you're doing and all will be well.
I was scared a bit but now I can finally relax. Good news.
sega to Yu (or other persona MC's): welcome to the "sonic all-stars racing!"
Now, if only Sega let Atlus have free reign on some of its RPG's that its lost interest in... I would like to see what they do with Valkyria Chronicles.