Atlus' parent corporation Index may be in dire financial straits, but it looks like the devs that built Shin Megami Tensei and Persona may have a new home. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Sega is one of about twenty companies bidding for the Shin Megami Tensei developers.
There's still time, so there's no telling whether or not Sega is the top bidder at this point, but if they are, they'd be acquiring Atlus for somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 billion yen--about $203 million US. The sale of Atlus should be finalized by the end of the month, and more details should be available by then.
Where do you think Atlus will end up? It's a rare studio that provides niche games that sell extraordinarily well, so I can see why a lot of companies would want them in their stable. Will Atlus stand alongside studios like Platinum, and have its titles published under Sega's umbrella? COULD RYO HAZUKI SHOW UP IN A FUTURE PERSONA GAME?