UPDATE: Atlus To Merge With Mobile Developer

by Bryan Vore on Sep 03, 2010 at 09:45 AM

[UPDATE] Atlus U.S.A. CEO Shinichi Suzuki has issued a statement in regards to its relationship to Index Holdings.

"Recent news out of Japan that Index Holdings, the parent company of Atlus Co., Ltd. (and its wholly-owned private subsidiary Atlus U.S.A, Inc.), would be merging the Atlus brand into itself has created uncertainty as to the future of Atlus and its games.  We want to assure our fans and affiliates that Atlus remains in operation and will continue, as always, to support our beloved community with the finest quality game experiences possible.
The Atlus-Index merger allows us to achieve greater synergy among the Index group companies and further strengthens the foundation of Atlus, both in Japan and here in the United States.
-Shinichi Suzuki
President/CEO, Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

Original Story(August 30 2010 12:01 PM): The gaming company known mostly in the U.S. for the Persona games and plenty of other niche Japanese imports is finalizing its merger with parent company Index Holdings.

Atlus will no longer be listed as a registered company on the Japanese stock exchange, but its name will still appear on games. Index's mobile division and Atlus' merger will become final on October 1.

We've asked for comment from Atlus U.S.A. about how and/or if this will affect North American gamers and will update once we hear back.