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Sega Acquires Atlus, Atlus Apologizes for the Confusion

Posted under News by Justin Oung on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 -

Atlus, the company responsible for King of Fighters XIII, Catherine, Persona 4: Arena, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, Dragon’s Crown,and Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. has recently announced the acquisition of their parent company, Index Holdings, to Sega at 14 billion yen.

This news has left a lot of fans wondering what would have become of their favorite developer/publisher, but this can only mean good news, according to an article (including press release) on IGN.

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

This doesn’t change much for Atlus, except for the fact that a bigger company, possibly with more resources, will be able to allow the developers to create even bigger games for popular franchises.  This is great news, indeed… probably.

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