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Posted 9/17/13
Nikkei is reporting that, following the collapse of parent company Index Holdings, the beloved Japanese publisher and developer ATLUS will be bought by SEGA CORP.

At the moment, we don't know what this means for Atlus most cherished IPs, including Shin Megami Tensei and its spinoff Persona series of JRPGs.
SEGA is purchasing ATLUS for approximately $141 Million, and plans a 'major restructuring' of ATLUS.

Unfortunately, SEGA have something of a reputation for taking their time with localizations of their Japanese games, especially JRPGs, or not releasing them in the West at all. Many people are still awaiting the fate of games like YAKUZA 5, PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 and VALKYRIE CHRONICLES III, none of which ever seem likely to see an English-language release. :(

How do you feel about this, Crunchyroll? Are you one of those awesome people who has been looking forward to Persona 5 with great anticipation? What do you think will be the fate of the game? How do you think SEGA's buyout of ATLUS will affect the quality of the companies games?
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Posted 9/17/13
I'd rather have Sega take over Atlus than having either Sony or Nintendo acquire them and having all their games on one platform. It's better than Capcom (Megaman Legends 3's cancellation and blaming it on the fans, treating their current IPs), Square Enix (having trouble as is, poor sales of Eidos games, etc), or Konami (METAL GEAR METAL GEAR METAL GEAR).


If Sega was the highest bidder then they must know not to mess up a good thing and leave Atlus as is. Sega did shell out $26.6 million on Relic Entertainment during the THQ firesale and Relic's in one piece so Atlus might have a good future. Maybe old Sega properties may see new life if they hand development over to Atlus.
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Agreed that it might be good that one of the console manufacturers didn't purchase the company, thus dooming all future releases to console-exclusivity. My concern is more that, unless it's a Sonic game or an 'HD' remake, SEGA have been pretty bad with leaving some major releases out of their plans for the West lately.
That said, they did release Project DIVA F a few weeks ago (albeit only the inferior PS3 version, not the definitive Vita iteration) and, just perhaps, they'll leave Atlus alone to develop and release their stuff as they see fit.
I'm calling it now though: Sonic and Miku will be Personas in P5!
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Posted 9/17/13 , edited 9/17/13
Atlus USA has said in the past that nothing is changing for them, so if that is still true, then the SMT, Persona, and Etrian Odyssey series should all still come out in North America.

Plus Sega has left studios like Platinum Games and Creative Assembly just do their own thing mostly. I think people are just too hung up on Sega not bringing over some games that haven't been performing their best outside of Japan. The Yakuza games, while awesome, don't sell well outside of Japan, and the PSP is pretty much only still a viable platform outside of Japan thanks to the Vita being able to play PSP games, I think the ship to bring VC3 to the West has long sailed.

And let's not forget that SMT and Persona are pretty popular series. Right next to the Tales series the two of them have to be the most popular JRPG series that aren't one of the "big 3" of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Pokemon. Sega would be huge fools not to let Atlus's games go global.
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I can only hope Sega leaves Atlus to do its own thing. But I'm not holding my breath (Not a Sega fan in the slightest).
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Posted 9/18/13
As long as we get more SMT mainline games, I'm happy.
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Posted 9/18/13
It's certainly better than EA/Ubisoft/Activision.
I'm okay with it.
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Posted 9/18/13
As others have stated, I hope Sega has the sense to allow Altus be Altus and to keep running like they have. Altus has always made money and hopefully Sega has the sense to not mess with something that already works.
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Posted 9/18/13
Platinum games and Atlus should team up to make something incredible
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Posted 9/19/13

Maromi-kun wrote:

I'd rather have Sega take over Atlus than having either Sony or Nintendo acquire them and having all their games on one platform. It's better than Capcom (Megaman Legends 3's cancellation and blaming it on the fans, treating their current IPs), Square Enix (having trouble as is, poor sales of Eidos games, etc), or Konami (METAL GEAR METAL GEAR METAL GEAR)


This.
And so long as SEGA stay out the dev's way and just let them do their magic- I'm happy.
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Posted 9/19/13
I hope SEGA doesn't screw this up. They got a good thing going here.
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Posted 9/19/13 , edited 9/19/13
This is pretty cool. Atlus CEO Hiraoka Naoto has issued a press release telling the Atlus Faithful not to worry about SEGA's buyout:



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
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Posted 9/20/13
Sega I know you need more money but I feel like you are planning to do something stupid with atlus
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Posted 9/23/13
1 Sega better leave Atlus alone.
2 Atlus better take the chance now to breath quality new life to some Sega franchises.
3 Sega better use Atlus' translation team to bring over more games now.
4. What about Atlus' partnership with Arcsys for the persona Arena games ? will this effect if?
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Posted 10/27/13
I don't really have a big problem with this. Like others have said, SEGA seems like the best choice, and at the very least, Atlus is still here!
As long as they don't try to screw around with the SMT series, Atlus should be fine.
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