A Message From Atlus USA President Shinichi Suzuki

By Spencer . September 3, 2010 . 1:52pm

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In a rare occasion, Atlus USA’s President Shinichi Suzuki stepped up to the microphone to talk about the Atlus-Index merger.

 

Recent news out of Japan that Index Holdings, the parent company of Atlus Co., Ltd. (and its wholly-owned private subsidiary Atlus U.S.A, Inc.), would be merging the Atlus brand into itself has created uncertainty as to the future of Atlus and its games.  We want to assure our fans and affiliates that Atlus remains in operation and will continue, as always, to support our beloved community with the finest quality game experiences possible.

 

The Atlus-Index merger allows us to achieve greater synergy among the Index group companies and further strengthens the foundation of Atlus, both in Japan and here in the United States.
-Shinichi Suzuki
President/CEO, Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

 

Atlus USA has Etrian Odyssey III and Knights in the Nightmare, two games published by Atlus Japan, scheduled to come out soon. Their studios in Japan are working on Radiant Historia for Nintendo DS and Catherine, a new title from the Persona team, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


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  • http://twitter.com/T1A60 T1A60

    good news and cant wait for Catherine :P

  • Phlo

    It’s too late. Once a stupid rumor is out the door, there’s no way you can ever reel it back in.

  • http://galuda.tumblr.com/ Claudio A.

    great!!

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    I respect these guys SO much. Thanks for being such a great company, Atlus.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    radiata stories for the DS? o_o, im sure that is not the name of the game the radiata story’s people are working on…

  • urbanscholar

    My response: hee-ho!

  • MrRobbyM

    Awesome. I love you Atlus.

  • godmars

    Sorry, you’ll just have to forgive me while I wait and see any non-changes not happen.

    Though really, the worst I can imagine right now is the next Shin Megami title going to the 360 as well as the PS3 and the useless noise fanboys will make. It going DS/Wii only.

  • mikedo2007

    It nice to hear Atlus USA will still be itself. I wonder how their Japanese branch will do after this merger.

  • Soma

    Another reason why Atlus is so awesome. They seem to genuinely care about their buyers/fans. Honestly, what other developer would send out an email to each of their fans letting them know about these things?
    Kudos to you, Atlus.

    • gatotsu911

      Yes, Atlus proves themselves a class act as always. (And lest anyone suspect I’m being sarcastic, I’m absolutely not. Atlus rocks.)

    • Yeshua49

      Xseed care about their fans a lot more than Atlus in my opinion.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

        Three words: Atlus Spoils Program.

  • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

    GRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWLANSER!!!!!!!!!

    • cj_iwakura

      As Nintendo would put it? Never.

  • cmurph666

    Good to know.

    Now just get me Persona 2 IS/EP on my PSP and I’ll be happy.

  • http://twitter.com/Sieghardt Sieghardt

    These words ring desperately hollow in the ears of Growlanser and SRW fans burned by Atlus attitude towards these series. Atlus havent been the go-to guys for niche rpg fans in a long time.

    • Kibbitz

      How did Atlus burn Growlanser and SRW fans?

      • http://twitter.com/Sieghardt Sieghardt

        No Growlanser 4, 6 or psp :( No more SRW either, which I was willing to let go as namco’s fault but Atlus attitude in banning all discussion, locking almost every thread about any SRW game on their forum and insulting/threatening the fanbase for even mentioning the games has been beyond childish and completely insulting. I don’t even post over there but I was disgusted with the way they behaved.

        • http://www.facebook.com/HenshinJayce Jason Kinnison-Holmes

          I agree with Sieghardt about how they don’t seem to care about Growlanser at all or the SRW OG games; in fact I’m worried we’ll never get to see them release the SRW: OG Saga Endless Frontier sequel in English.

          As for Europe; both XSeed and Atlus don’t seem to care about the market here unlike TecmoKoei who really care about their European fans, even going as far as attending events like London MCM Expo twice a year. XSeed are particularly guilty of treating their European fans like dirt in that the EU releases of their Falcom games are going to be PSN-only releases and not only that, Ys 7 won’t be out here until later this month!

          • http://honorless.net honorless

            Tecmo Koei has a branch located in Europe. XSEED and Atlus don’t, so expecting them to handle licensing and distribution of titles in Europe makes absolutely no sense whatsoever….I still have no idea how XSEED is getting their releases on EU PSN, though. No other North American publisher has done that, IIRC—so it’s probably safe to say that it involves a fair bit of of extra time, money, and wading through red tape.I’m sure they’d be thrilled to see how appreciative you are of their efforts.

            Edit: whoops lol—apparently Atlus has released a few PSP games on EU PSN too. The rest of my comment still stands.

    • http://honorless.net honorless

      Atlus’s attitude toward both of those series—or any series they’re not bringing over more of, like Shiren—can be summed up as:

      “We can’t afford to localize this because we don’t think it will sell well enough.”

      That’s it. It’s not some personal slight, and seeing it that way is inadvisable. Localizers are companies, not charities, and thus not obligated to keep bringing over games at a loss. As far as I know, they aren’t actively cockblocking smaller localizers with lower localization costs from licensing the Growlanser games, like Namco Bandai so often does, so you still may get lucky—but seriously, sales numbers are king.

      Though I agree with you that they aren’t really “niche” RPG publishers anymore. Now that they’ve gotten so large, their barometer for success is set a lot higher by necessity. They’ve essentially grown out of publishing for a niche within a niche.

      • Yeshua49

        Namco Bandai let Atlus published some Summon Night and SRW, they let Xseed Fragile, Ivi the kiwi and the Sky Crawlers and they let NIS the Ar Tonelico serie, outside the Tales of serie they don’t seem to block small publisher that much.

      • cj_iwakura

        They published some REALLY bad RPGs instead, and they deservedly sold like crap.

        • http://honorless.net honorless

          Hey, don’t forget that they’re also publishing “quality” titles like 101-in-1 Party/Sports/Sports Party Megamix and Naruto games now.

          Go Atlus! :/

          • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

            Seeing how those are the more profitable games for Atlus, please, bring on 201-in-1 Party Magamix if only to increase the chances of releasing Super Niche Dungeon Crawler 2.

            Go reality of it all! >:|

          • http://honorless.net honorless

            I’d rather they shrink slightly, so they can afford to concentrate on the cream of the crop rather than having to fund themselves with shovelware at all. But that’s just me, and obviously, that’s not going to happen.

            …Maybe I’m just a pessimist, but personally, I don’t think good sales for shovelware actually increase the chances of Atlus publishing a greater number of super niche games anymore, either. As I said before, I believe the company has mostly outgrown those sorts of titles. I expect Atlus USA to concentrate more and more on heavy hitters (largely from Atlus Japan), indie PC games (online games, and acting as publisher for ports of PC titles to DD services on consoles) plus shovelware as supplemental income. Maybe they’ll keep doing the occasional publishing deal with smaller companies ala Sting though.

            But yeah, Super Niche Dungeon Crawler 2? I think there’s a thread on Aksys’s forums about that. Might wanna e-mail XSEED and see if they’re looking into it, too.

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    Thanks again Atlus for putting our worries at ease. Really looking for my EO3 to arrive in my mailbox sometime this month.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

    I wonder if that’s why Amazon said Knights in the Nightmare now has $0.99 release-day shipping…

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