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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Awesome! This is good news. Maybe we will see P5 afterall...
Love Atlus, glad they can continue doing what they do. Making and localizing great games!
I'll believe it when I see it.
This is great reassurance!
I found myself moaning when I read that Sega was acquiring them. However, this is great to hear, and it definitely reassures me that things will continue with Atlus's best interests in mind.
Seeing the word "Sega" is painful...
...but I am glad they are doing business as usual. Which means the production of the game and the movie is still going.
Sega sammy is not a bad company. as it said it helps them both.
Just glad to see one of my favourite series will be continuing production for the foreseeable future,
hopefully P5 will be a console game
Keep Atlus USA open and keep games coming and we're good Sega.
This is excellent news. Now release Persona 5 and make sega a big bag of money
I certainly love the Persona series, but I hope Sega's influence won't mean the end of the main Shin Megami Tensei series and other spin-offs.
I guess I've just gotta wait and see.
Very good news, in any case.
This us very good F-ing news. For once Sega grows a brain and does a right move in not closing the American Branch of Atlus. As really be a Hell Storm of Hackers breaking into Sega and just crushing that company. Yes, I can in fact see that strangely still even after now as Hackers just aren't always nice people to begin with at times. Low Self-Esteem can do that and such....
I HATE SEGA!!! That company only dooms whatever games have their logo!!!
I wish they could still keep their name.
can not wait for P5 and SMT5!!!!