A Message From Atlus To Their Fans, Following Their Acquisition By Sega

By Sato . September 18, 2013 . 8:53pm


Earlier today, it was made official that Sega have acquired Index Corporation, the parent company of Atlus. Many fans have shared their concern regarding the acquisition, but the director of Atlus’ consumer software department, Naoto Hiraoka, looks forward to a brighter tomorrow.


Hiraoka shares the following message for fans on Atlus’ official website:


Dear customers,


We are very grateful to have your continued support for our products.


Today, as announced through investor relations,  we will be continuing our business as part of the Sega Sammy group, starting on November 11th. As you may know, Index Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection on June 27th, and have looked to transfer their business to other companies.


Above all, we, Atlus corporation, have had our consumer game business supported by an exceptional amount of fans. Regardless of the business itself rising to a much favorable position in recent years, lately, we have caused concern to our customers, to whom we deeply apologize.


We’ve traditionally maintained strong relations with Sega Corporation, using consumer game business as the main pillar. This time, we expect to maintain the relationship, while achiveing better business synergy. By using Sega’s strong circulation network, we look forward to further expanding our development. In terms of consumer games expertise, this relationship will be mutually benefitial for both sides. It is about the deep acknowledgement of wanting to further raise our brand.


We feel that our ongoing business is in very good shape, and it brings us great pleasure to be able to report our continuing business, here, today. This has been made possible thanks to your patronage and support. On behalf of all the employees, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.


Currently, the employees of the consumer game business, are working zealously on future releases, and are vigorously looking forward to taking on new challenges. In the near future, we will be reporting our ongoing situation through the media, so please expect further developments.


Director of consumer software department

Naoto Hiraoka

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  • Herok♞

    So it sounds like it will be business as usual and that this might mean more games localized to the west, instead of doom and gloom. But its true they have worked together in the past after all Sega always hosted Atlus stuff at TGS anyway. So I can see positiveness coming from the buyout.

    • Quacker

      when was the last time an atlus game wasnt localised?

      • Xerain

        Think of all the SEGA games, though…

        • MikelAL93

          As much as this means that PSO2 does have a chance of hitting America after all, I doubt it would be the case.

        • TheRealMalek

          My thoughts exactly, and seeing message like this (without some real words for fans) makes me believe that atlus is going together with sega to a complete business view.

          Meaning that you can kiss goodbye to see games localised rom atlus if they are not million seller in Japan.

          • Zeik56

            I’m as cautiously pessimistic as anyone over this news, but even I have to roll my eyes a bit at the amount of doomsday speak going on here.

            This could be bad, this could be fine, there’s no sense in running around and yelling that the sky is falling without any solid evidence one way or the other. For all we know the Atlus acquisition was partially intended to beef up their localization efforts. Or maybe they’ll gut everything and they’ll only be a shell of a company. There’s no way to know yet, so nobody should be acting like there is.

      • Silver Citizen

        Persona 2 Eternal Punishment Portable.

        • Bigabu Beaze

          ^this. oh god this. I wish I could play that on my psp.

          • TheRealMalek
          • HyperTeddieous

            Yes, you could get it, but that is the PS1 version. And after more than a decade, Europe still doesn’t even have that. [/bitter]

          • Haganeren

            No you can’t… Not in Europe !
            And that suck… I have finished Innocent with by the fan translation on PSP and I can’t play Eternal Punishment at all ! On my PS2 there is a lot of slowdown (Because of my PAL territories ?), On PSP, the game crash, I have tried to buy it (again…) on Vita or PS3 but it doesn’t show in the PSN !

            Seriously… What do I have to do to play this game ! Please, not PC emulator, I hate it for 3D games…

          • Exkaiser

            You can use an American PSN account to purchase the PSone classic version of the game. You have to do a bit of account-juggling, but it’s pretty easy on the PS3 to keep a separate account linked to a separate PSN account. That’s probably your best bet!

            As for the emulation concerns, it’s only a partially 3D game..? Not that I’d really recommend it, since emulation is rarely as sweet as the proper fruit, but modern PSX emulators are quite good- Innocent Sin ran perfectly fine when the fan translation came out.

        • Herok♞

          that still stings.

        • Shane Guidaboni

          I would give anything for this to happen.

      • Herok♞

        they don’t bring over their IOS games and the last real game that isn’t a remake is I honestly couldn’t tell you. we haven’t gotten some of the remakes but that is about it. so we only missed out of remakes and IOS games which I can live with.

      • Kyle McDaniel

        It’ll be more soon enough

      • Rhiwion

        Still waiting for SMT IV in Europe, though.

      • GH56734

        Nora to Toki for the Nintendo DS says hi :(
        Plus that Persona 2 game with Hitl.. err the “Fuhrer”. I’m talking about the upgraded PSP version.
        But they sure are doing their best supporting lots of niche titles.

      • Nora and the Time/Carving Studio. Which I’m still bitter about.

      • Kunio_kun

        Growlanser (original) remake for the PSP.

  • Nyanmar

    Hopefully this really won’t impact their internal game development like they mentioned. I’m just hoping that Persona 5 delivers.

  • While I have had concerns about the status of future Atlus titles, there is one possible bright side to the whole thing. Hopefully this means a faster process for Atlus titles in Europe and Australia. I only got my hands on Etrian Odyssey IV when it released in Australia last week and yet the U.S. is getting the next game in 2 weeks.

  • DesmaX

    Honestly, I don’t see why people are mad about this. I mean, even Atlus ended up not releasing some PSP games in the west (*cof cof P2:EP*)

    I wish good luck on their future.

    • TheRealMalek

      Yes but they let other company release and localise their games, which is not the case of sega…

      and wans’t EP released on psn the 26 / 02 /2013 ? (like here : http://us.playstation.com/games/persona-2-eternal-punishment-ps3-psp.html)

      • GaiunxWolfenX

        yes, but no the version in that link is the psx version, the version that did not come to america is the remastered one, said version has a few differences, new dungeons and stuff like that

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Words of encouragement. Sounds like Atlus could help Sega localize more games.

    • Aaronrules380

      I really don’t see how one can assume that at all, given this is clearly aimed at the Japanese side of Atlus’s audience. To me, all this confirms is what most suspected: Sega is going to allow Atlus to continue developing as they see fit. Nothing here can really support the idea that this extends to Atlus USA and western localizations

      • Blesmi

        Exactly I can’t believe how many people seriously think this has ANYTHING to do with Atlus USA and localization, it’s hilarious.

      • Pockystix

        I guess wild speculations is more interesting than dry corporate responses

        go figure lol

  • Aaronrules380

    I don’t want to sound too negative, but can we really assume this extends to western fans and isn’t just about their business in Japan? I mean, it doesn’t seem like any sort of equivalent message has been spread by the western side of things

    • Kyle McDaniel

      If it applied to the western fans Atlus USA would have said something.

  • Hmmm. What exactly caused Atlus, or rather Index Corp. to go bankrupt? I did not expect them to end up like that with the satisfactory performance of their products, especially Persona and SMT brands.

    • DesmaX

      Nothing wrong with Atlus, it was other investments by Index that caused the bankrubt.

    • Mozendo

      Index was under investigation for fraud. Atlus didn’t do anything wrong.

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    Persona Pachinko.
    Persona mobile card game.

    I can’t wait!

    • doubleO7

      Theres already a P4 pachinko game actually… ~_~

  • grayson gee

    Oh thank lord. Seems like stuff will go as usuall, only difference is that a Sega logo will be on the box. That’s good. I’m actually kinda excited to see what comes from this now that the air is a little bit clearer.

    • Steven Higgins

      And we may hear that “SEGA” chime in when we put Persona 5 and other future titles in our machines. That would be kind of cool. I miss that chime.

  • Raze

    So we call them Sega…Or still Atlus?
    And will they change their mascot too?

    • doubleO7

      Atlus will most likely still be used as a brand name for their original IPs, so I think its fine to still call them Atlus.

  • Nate

    I don’t like Persona. Never got into the whole demon possession stuff. I did try 3d dot heroe from atlus. Really the only one of their games that I can think of I’ve bought.

    • DragKudo

      persona has nothing to do with demon possession.

      • Nate

        You summon demons or “angels” from within side you called persona’s correct?

        • DragKudo

          1. You need to do some research on this game and on demon possession.
          2. No you don’t, you summon your persona(in your head/mind) that takes the form of gods, angels, demons, and mythical beast. That is in no way demon possession.
          Read up Carl Jung and you’ll understand what a persona is and how persona made something that was already cool even cooler by making a game about it.
          Even though Carl Jung was not a religious man his work was heavily influenced by it.

        • Freud_Hater

          …They’re neither angels or demons, actually, that’s mostly left to the Shin Megami Tensei series (Like the recently released Shin Megami Tensei IV, for example) The Persona are physical representations of one’s soul and they use it to fight.

          Have you played Persona 4? You should give it a try :/

          • DragKudo

            in pesona 2 philemon says where do demons angels and gods go whn they die? his answer was sea of conciousness. human mind. Carl jung also talked about this

    • SlickRoach

      I prefer SMT but I’m not sure if it’s even safe to be a fan anymore after this. But at least I have NISA games for now.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        You dont even have those

    • Testsubject909

      Demon Possession?

      I take it you just didn’t understand what was going on.

      • Nate

        You summon demons or “angels” from within side you correct?

        • RisukuAozora

          You don’t have possession, as much as summoning. The persona summoned are based on gods,demons, angels, otherworldly creatures from Shin Megami Tensei which are based on many mythologies. Also, in Persona, there is no siding, just one linear story.

          • Nate

            Yikes. Summoing “gods” from inside. That’s some evil stuff. I’m not at all telling anyone what to do or not do. But that is purly of the devil (the real one). I can’t fathom how they can make something like this. There’s one God I know of. Jesus Christ.

          • DragKudo

            Dude if you are saying this, Stop playing games, i bet you play final fantasy, tales, etc all have demons and gods. and if you want to be so holy then just fight with the angel personas. also GOD said he was the one and only true god, but he did say there were other gods.

          • Testsubject909

            Which then begs the question. Jesus Christ was son of God but while he was son of God, walking here on earth and being the savior of all, there was still a God above. Does that not mean that you deciding that Jesus Christ is your God rather… off? I mean Jesus Christ told people to worship God, which was not to worship him. What he said to people was to follow him, follow in his examples and his teaching which were the teaching of God.

            So wouldn’t proclaiming Jesus Christ as your God be a bit off?

            Just asking, always wanted clarification.

            Because if he was God on earth and God in heaven, then wouldn’t that be technically two gods at one point in time? I mean I always hear about the holy trinity, which would indicate more then just one major God or one major God and two followers of which one you just proclaimed was God.

            And don’t pull the “God is in everyone of us” because then we go straight right back into Personas and how that doesn’t actually defy your statement as the Personas that are summoned are only fashioned in an image of a mythical being which would not in any way contradict one’s beliefs or faith but rather just be simply that. An image based off of mythology.

          • Nate

            Do you really want an answer with scripture and stuff? Do you want to know what I believe on the matter? It’ll take some effort to type something and I don’t want to bother unless your being serious about wanting to know.

  • Ban The Jackass

    Looks like even Atlus knew about our no-West-localisation fears. I’m just glad it seems like everything will be a-okay.

  • “Mutually beneficial.” I hope to God that means “we’ll localize Sega games that Sega themselves don’t have the balls to, and Sega will give us the resources to do so.”

    • CirnoLakes

      The problem is, that it’s a little late for many games on the systems they’re on. The PlayStation 3 is still continuing strong. As can be noted for by all of the games still in development for the PlayStation 3 rather than the PlayStation 4 right now.

      So some franchises like Yakuza might be possible. There’s no much hope for Valkyrie Chronicles 3 or other PSP SEGA titles unless they port the games, though.

      If this does happen, Phantasy Star Online 2 does sound likely. Since there was a lot of talk about the importance of online PC gaming.

      • supervamp

        Ummm pso2 has an english site it’s more then likely it’s already been confirmed

  • Croix Zapp

    But i don’t wanna see sonic in all my persona/SMT games…… =/

  • LaserVision

    Can it, Hiraoka. I’m going to panic and there’s nothing you can do to stop me.

  • MasterScrub

    That picture though.

  • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

    PR talk is worth trash.

    But well lets wait and see.

  • Learii

    Dear Altus American
    its time for you to bring sega games to the west and please don’t keep your own games in japan only

    • Kyle McDaniel

      If Atlus USA isn’t shut down

      • Testsubject909

        Atlus USA is profitable. It’d be a dumb move to shut it down.

        • Kyle McDaniel

          Sega has a LONG history of dumb business decisions.

      • Learii

        I hope not

  • Fox

    This bodes ill.

    SEGA has only just now finished raping the Total War series to death, and now we’re expected to trust them with Shin MegaTen, Persona, and Etrian Odyssey?

    SEGA is just as bad as Activision or EA or Square-Enix, folks.

  • Kyle McDaniel

    This probably has nothing to do with the western audience and it’s pretty much nothing but PR talk.

  • leingod

    I just hope Atlus keeps doing what they’re doing. Or even better, maybe they can talk SEGA into localizing Yakuza 5, Valkyria Chronicles 3, Phantasy Star Online 2…

    • Testsubject909

      Yakuza 5, published by Atlus USA would be nice.

      • leingod

        Let’s just hope Atlus’ spirit rubs on SEGA and not the other way around.

        • Neppygear

          At least Sega never region-locked a PS3 game…
          (never ever letting that go, ever)

          • Testsubject909

            And the funniest thing is. The main reason why they did that:

            Release dates.

            If they had pushed back the release date by, say, maybe 2 months or so, they wouldn’t have opted for region locking the game.

            That said. If Capcom were to push back the release date for Ace Attorney 5, we’d have a higher chance of getting a retail version.

            It feels weird that earlier release dates seems to be screwing us up… Until you keep in mind profit above all, so it winds up being a problem of profit again. So Capitalism Ho!

          • Neppygear

            Or they could have just removed the Japanese text, jfc.

            While it was kinda fundamentally wrong of them to do it in the first place, that’s not why I, an unfortunate European, am so perpetually bitter about it.

            Sega released Project Diva F, a game most people don’t even know exists, only a week later than America in Europe, which was all kinds of magical.

            (Of course, I wanted a disc copy so I imported one from the US. Which I, y’know, actually could do…)

  • ShinobiBrown

    >says nothing on the fate of Atlus USA.
    >worries have not subsided.

    • J_Joestar

      no news is good news?
      (as in, nothing is going to change, hopefully)

  • Prinnydoom

    I am not ok with this. Not that sega isn’t a bad company but it just feels wrong. Just really really wrong. Whatever i suppose they will be fine, it just wont feel right.

  • HyperTeddieous

    The situation was already dire enough with Atlus USA not giving a single poop nugget about Europe.

    Welp, I guess it’s finally time to learn Japanese. Thank you, Sega. Thank you, for finally giving me that last push I’ve been waiting for so many years.

  • Masa

    Just seeing sonic with persona = puke.
    Farewell awesome Altus games that we will no longer see in the West.

    So many of they’re awesome rpgs get nowhere near 500,000 in sales,
    Sega won’t let them be released over here.

    • Testsubject909

      Hey, the Atlus USA branch is still doing pretty damn well and is directly attached to Atlus.

      So if Atlus is still given enough independence, we’ll keep seeing their titles get localized.

    • British_Otaku

      SEGA supported Platinum Games and High Voltage Software fairly well, I expect Atlus to be more internal but to get enough room to make their own decisions especially as they are confident that their RPGs are profitable worldwide.

      It would be cool seeing SEGA push Megaten games in Europe instead of Zen United… >_>

  • CirnoLakes

    Atlus, I’m still a little confused as to what’s going on. Could you please be a little more clear as to what’s going on?

    SEGA is bringing Persona 5 to Steam, aren’t they? Is that what you mean? That what you mean, isn’t it Atlus? I’m looking forward to Persona 5 on Steam, thanks Atlus.

    • MrTyrant

      why suddenly all the interest for steam?

      • CirnoLakes

        I’ve been pro-Steam for pretty much my entire time on Siliconera.

        • MrTyrant

          But smt in steam some ridiculous to me.

          • Matty

            that’s just being closed-minded, my friend.

          • Matty

            that’s just being closed-minded, my friend.

          • CirnoLakes

            There’s nothing ridiculous about Japanese RPGs on Steam.

            Trails in the Sky is one of the best modern Japanese RPGs ever. And is coming to Steam in 2014.

            In fact, at this rate, Steam is going to soon have more Japanese RPGs than the PlayStation 3. And here’s another thing about Shin Megami Tensei. The first Megami Tensei games were extremely derived from Western PC RPGs like Wizardry to the point that it had first person dungeon exploration. In fact, Shin Megami Tensei II was basically a “PC style RPG”.

          • Calintz YT

            You are overreaching with the “derived from western style games part”. SMT games have always been distinctly Japanese. That doesn’t mean they weren’t inspired by western games, but you are reaching,.

          • CirnoLakes

            And speaking of PC style RPGs, Etrian Odyssey definitely plays like an old school PC style RPG. Even down to the ‘map-it-yourself-traditions’. Also, on the official Atlus and Sega forums, the people who aren’t worried about the future of Atlus, are half joking about how great it would be if SEGA would put the games on Steam. Since SEGA and Steam have such a great history right now.

            SEGA have put dozens of their games on Steam.

            And furthermore, what is “ridiculous” about a game on a platform? Since when has a game on a platform that is perfectly suited to playing the game been “ridiculous”. Perhaps it would seem ridiculous to you for games like this to come to Steam. But it certainly isn’t ridiculous to those of us who want it.

            The Japanese RPG Recettear sold 300,000 copies on Steam and it isn’t even from a famous developer. It’s a relatively obscure game from a relatively obscure developer. And yet it has still sold over 300,000 copies. Clearly, there is a market for these games on the PC through Steam. I don’t know what about it seems “ridiculous” to you, perhaps you simply favor console gaming? Regardless of what “seems right”, there is a market for it here. And that is what counts.

    • J_Joestar

      Sega: Too bad! to the Phones! MUWHAHAHAHAHA!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Hmmmm now we wait to what happens….(worried)

  • And now we play the waiting game.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      The hardist game of all time

    • Ahhh, the waiting game sucks. Let’s play Hungry Hungry Hippos!

    • Distant_arcana

      Lets hope that’s one game that doesn’t go into development.

  • Aristides

    Maybe we can finally get VC3 and PSO2… not getting my hopes up thought…

  • artemisthemp

    So this means: Sega will be our EU publisher instead of NIS inc Europa

  • Mario G.B.

    Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem?

  • Sergio Briceño

    It’s official. Mario and Sonic at the Mayonaka olimpic games.

    • Freud_Hater

      Honestly, that would be pretty cool XD

  • Freud_Hater

    I just hope to god Sega doesn’t fuck up Atlus…

  • fireguardiancoty

    Enough with all this NO MOAR LOCALIZATIONS EVAR!!!1!111!!!

    Atlus USA still exists, right? Why even worry? They’re most likely going to be doing business like normal, just under a different boss.

  • SupaPhly

    didnt they say the same thing when Index bought them?

  • z_merquise

    Wish Atlus the best of luck. I hope that Atlus could be a huge helping hand in localizing Sega games while still doing their own stuff.

    And I guess I’m the only one who really like to see Odin Sphere characters in Project X Zone sequel (if there would be one, that is).

  • Neppygear

    Hatsune Miku of the Star Arcana for Persona 5.

    • Testsubject909

      Hermit Arcana more like it.

      • Neppygear

        I see what you did there.

  • supervamp

    The message should have been
    “Please calm your tits everyone, we shouldn’t have to explain basic business logic to adults.
    Love atlus

  • Why didn’t Nintendo didn’t bought them ? :(

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