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Atlus Expresses Gratitude To Fans In First Post-Acquisition Announcement

by Mike Futter on Sep 19, 2013 at 09:42 AM

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.

Naoto Hiraoka

President and CEO


Our Take
This 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...