Why Is Atlus Recruiting An Army Of Game Debuggers?

By Spencer . December 4, 2009 . 3:13pm

image Atlus headquarters in Japan posted a classified ad for “mass recruitment” of part time debuggers. Employees would be paid a minimum of 800 yen($9) an hour for quality control tasks on games currently in development.


The job alone isn’t that interesting, but Atlus is hiring droves of debuggers for a reason. Probably because they have upcoming games to debug. Perhaps, this is an indicator that Atlus is ramping up production.


Actually, Atlus has been increasing production and developing more games in Japan year after year. Here’s a list of what they released in Japan (not counting “Greatest Hits” reprints) for the past three years.


2007 – 4 titles
Etrian Odyssey
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Fes
Odin Sphere
Growlanser VI


2008 – 5 titles
Trauma Center: New Blood
Etrian Odyssey II
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2


2009 – 7 titles
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable
Hexyz Force
Yggdra Unison


OK, it seems like Atlus is growing. So, what are they working on?

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  • malek86

    “Actually, Atlus has been increasing production and developing more games in Japan year after year.”

    Well, three of 2009’s titles have only been ports/remakes, and two are made by Sting. They might be growing in terms of number of games, but I’d say their production “efforts” have actually reduced since 2008.

    • endaround

      But they now fully own Sting.

  • They’re obviously working on P4P… however they implemented a new system that makes the game very buggy… or something.
    I wish.

  • They are working on Persona 5 which will be 1000 hours long with HD graphics of the Demons that terrify children and make grown men poop their pants in fear. The character models will look so real,people will think they are human actors. And the music will make us all cry and cheer.

    Or y’know,they could be working on something else.

    • wooooohooo persona 5,, omg HD, omg p5 on my ps3… omg *goes to a world of fantasies*

    • Don’t tell anyone but…

  • theworldofnoboundries

    Maybe they are making the new Trauma Center for DS lol.

  • Too bad there was no Etrian Odyssey III for 2009, but maybe that means there might be one in the future…?

  • It’s probably crazy, but I’m hoping for Persona 4 Portable.

  • JeremyR

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say they are working on an MMORPG.

    After all, the NA version of Atlus started an online gaming spinoff, so maybe the Japanese one is doing it, too?

    • I don’t think Atlus are going to be doing any internal MMO development in the near future; I’m sure they acquired Gonzo Rosso for that exact reason. We’ll see them expanding more into the online world (the way they competed for Demon’s Souls is another indicator of their desire to do this), but I don’t think it’ll be internally developed.

  • I wonder if they need the debuggers to check on a bunch of smaller gamers, or a handful of very big games…

  • Nine an hour?


    I figured they’d be getting a little more than I do repairing computers all the time. :

  • Atlus is a cool dude! :)

  • But is it an army of Silent Debuggers???

    • malek86

      Uhm, that game looks crappy and awesome at the same time. Kinda like Neko Samurai. Darn, now I want to get both.

  • Persona 5 maybe?

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