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Sega confirms that it has taken over Atlus' parent company
Sega confirms that it has taken over Atlus' parent company
September 18, 2013 | By Mike Rose

September 18, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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Sega today announced that it has taken over the operations of Index Corporation, the Japanese company that owns video game developer and publisher Atlus.

Index filed for Civil Rehabilitation back in June, the Japanese equivalent of the Bankruptcy procedure, after suffering heavy debts.

Now Sega has acquired Index, along with Atlus, and has formed a new subsidiary to take over operations of the company, called Sega Dream Corporation (although Sega notes that this name "is set to change in the future.")

As part of the move, Sega now has access to such notable video games IPs as the Megami Tensei series, the Persona franchise, and the Etrian Obyssey franchise.

Sega is hoping that this acquisition will offer numerous benefits for the company, providing it with big Japanese IPs that can be used to inject a steady flow of revenue. The deal is set to be completed by November 1, 2013.

The company did not state how much it has paid for Index, although a report from Bloomberg suggests somewhere in the region of $141 million.


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William Johnson
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Well, its not like I don't like Sega as a publisher and sometimes even as a developer, but this has me worried for Atlus's future.

Simone Tanzi
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I disagree.
Given that Atlus had to be bought by someone, I think Sega is one of the best options out there.

Jennis Kartens
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I think getting under the hands of an actual games publisher, even one who partnered with Atlus back in the 90s, is way better as their former parent company has been.

Pablo Simbana
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As long as Sega doesn't meddle with those franchises it will be fine

Rob Graham
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Why are you worried William?

Isaiah Taylor
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Sega Sammy making future fighting games and RPG games with Atlus seems kinda perfect in my mind. In my mind. Which is very different from reality.

I'm wondering if the rumor of Sega acquiring the company simply because they want a stronger mobile wing has any truth to it.

Duvelle Jones
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It might, and I am looking at it from that angle since aside from Atlus, the mobile market was Index's business.

Maurício Gomes
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I feel now kinda relieved.

I was fearing two things:

1) Atlus just dieing.

2) Atlus getting bought by a non-japanese company (if it was EA or Activision then, I would cry a lot, and I am not even a Atlus fan... and rarely play their games, but I think they are important for making such japanesey games and giving some fresh air to the industry)

Jorge Ramos
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I admit that I'm probably not the biggest fan of most of Atlus's more well known properties. But all things considered, I am rather relieved that they found someone that seems to have their stuff together, and is - among other things - doing a better job of listening to their fans.

Ron Dippold
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Sega's been a decent publisher recently. Not so great a developer - particularly as far as taking their own stuff outside of Japan goes. If they just act as extra publisher/marketing backup for Atlus and let Atlus USA do its thing this could be great. If they bring Atlus in-house, we can probably kiss a lot of their quirky little games goodbye for North America and Europe.

Keith Thomson
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The main concerns are that Sega might decide that Atlus USA isn't what they want, and is redundant to Sega America. The other concern is that they might tell Atlus USA to stop bringing over the smaller titles.

The potential positive would be Atlus USA being given permission to bring over Sega games that Sega America decided wouldn't be profitable enough for them.

Ron Dippold
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I hadn't thought of this last night, but I suppose it's possible that Sega could realize they have people making an RPG again and they have some properties laying around with a lot of pent up demand...

And maybe you guys at Atlus could do another Skies of Arcadia for us?

I admit that's pure RPG fanboy 'I want to belieeeeeeve.'

Jay N
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Thank gods it wasn't Square Enix who bought them.


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