The Atlus Brand Becomes A Company Once More
When Index Corporation filed for rehabilitation and, at the same time, ran afoul of Japanese law, many feared it would be the end of a beloved publisher. Sega Sammy stepped in and purchased Index Corporation, with Atlus confirming that it would continue with its operations as is.
Today, Sega is making good on its desire to preserve Atlus’ culture. Sega is creating two subsidiaries out of its Index Corporation acquisition. One will be called Index Corporation and will handle strategic planning and other solutions work. The other will be a video game company known as Atlus.
Atlus, as an independent entity, was subsumed by Index Corporation when it was bought out in 2007. The Atlus corporate entity was eliminated in 2010, though the brand lived on as part of Index Corporation. The new corporate subsidiaries will be formed on April 1, 2014, the beginning of Sega Sammy's next fiscal year.
I take this as a good sign for the continued independence and business strategy that has made Atlus a fan-favorite. I expect that we’ll see more Shin Megami Tensei games and other niche RPGs that wouldn’t otherwise make it to North America. In short, this is good news.