Who’s In Charge Of Atlus Now That Sega Owns It?

By Spencer . October 31, 2013 . 11:34pm

sonicWhen Sega acquired Index Corporation, the parent company of Atlus, the deal was done under a new subsidiary called Sega Dream Corporation. Instead of using that company name, they’re changing the name of Sega Dream Corporation to… Index Corporation. So, basically Index Corporation is just a subsidiary of Sega Sammy instead of it being part of Sega Dream Corporation.


The more important question is who is in charge of Index Corporation now that it’s integrated into Sega? Sega Sammy Chief Operating Officer Naoya Tsurumi is now the president of Index Corporation and Yasuhiko Hamada is the Executive Vice President.


Yukimasa Murakami, the Managing Director of Index Corporation before the acquisition, is still the managing director of the new Index Corporation.


Yakuza creator Toshirio Nagoshi, Sega game director Yukio Sugino, and Atlus USA president Naoto Hiraoka are on the company’s board.

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  • “Yakuza creator Toshirio Nagoshi, Sega game director Yukio Sugino, and Atlus USA president Naoto Hiraoka are on the company’s board.”

    I only hope this is a sign of conversations.

    Please, guys. Please.

    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      DeSu 2 Break Record? Delayed.

      Where something was going to happen before TGS but no – announcement to announce future titles? Delayed. Please just wait a little longer.

      Imagine a future where every Atlus game is Delayed. Delayed because they need more time to improve the quality of their titles. Oh wait delaying the quality of the titles will have to be delayed as well.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        It’s been going on for years now

      • Chris Yuen

        Fans should be glad that DeSu 2 BR is still coming out. With the turmoil that Atlus just went through, it could have been very well cancelled. At least, that’s my perspective on it.

        I’m just glad that both Atlus and Atlus USA are now able to operate as normal.

      • All Fiction

        It doesn’t change anything for Europe, Atlus games are always delayed here after all

      • RisukuAozora

        DeSu2BR was delayed before Atlus got bought out by SEGA tho.
        And delays for the sake of quality is never a bad thing. I mean look at a particular title with a mascot that was released in 2006 by SEGA that wasn’t delayed…

      • Shane Guidaboni

        Why are people in such a rush to get this game? Calm the hell down.

  • Shady Shariest

    … Why didn’t i even think about this :/

  • Rogerrmark

    Is this good or bad? In perspective from someone that hates Sega’s business model.

    • I’m going to say good. It is a subsidiary, so I think that means they have enough freedom like before.
      Having Yakuza staff and Atlus USA involved has potential on our end.

      • Rogerrmark

        Let’s hope you’re right. Atlus US branch could help Sega’s franchises a lot in the west,indeed.

    • Exkaiser

      It’s not really different, frankly. Before the buy, Sega was a major shareholder of Index and was distributing its games in Japan.

      Index might run itself a little better with someone to report to, at least. Atlus will continue to run as it always has.

  • All Fiction

    “Yukimasa Murakami, the Managing Director of Index Corporation before the
    acquisition, is still the managing director of the new Index

    So, the guy responsible for Index bankrupcy is still in charge ?
    I remember an article about Square Enix, when someone fucks up in a western branch, he’s automaticaly fired, but when it is in the japanese main branch, japanese customs doesn’t allow you to say something if an older higher up fucks up, because he has more experience, etc… So the guy is just moved to another division with a great reponsibility. Ergo, the whole FF14 fiasco.

    I also hoped that now that Sega owns it, the disgusting situation for Atlus games in Europe would change, but I guess I hoped too much.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      What about Gunpei Yokoi? The father of the gameboy was forced to resign after the debaucle of the Virtual Boy.

      • All Fiction

        He wasn’t forced to resign, he still worked for Nintendo after this horrible disaster that was the virtual boy (he worked on the game boy pocket).

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          Gah! My mistake. Thanks.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            No he quit and got ran over with a car

        • ronin4life

          He was given a “window seat”, which is a fancy term for “You will never do anything of import nor be able to advance in the company further again.”

          So eventually he quit and made the… WonderSwan I believe.

  • Kintaro

    that kazuma kiryu picture reminds me that I need yakuza 5 translated as soon as possible before I die, why won’t they make my wish come true? WHY!!!!

  • Ultimate Gattai

    Can I have persona 5 now?

  • So Atlus USA is being kept and Yakuza staff is involved too?
    This is a very promising turn of events for Western fans.

  • Freud_Hater

    Well that doesn’t sound so bad… I-I think? Ôo

    • Eilanzer

      i hope =S

  • Aristides

    let’s hope things change for the better now and we get more localisations, especially for SEGA games.

  • Learii

    I hope this mean they will located Yakuza to the west by Atlus

  • Mastema

    There is nothing to fear. This is a great opportunity to start Japanese lessons.

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  • Ryudo9

    Still would like an update from someone on SMTXFE

  • Solomon_Kano

    Nagoshi on the board with Atlus USA’s prez?

    I have a dream…

  • 60hz

    Isn’t Nagoshi head of software in general? yes he’s head of yakuza but i’m pretty sure he’s still big honcho in charge of what actually gets green lit.

  • Jeffrey Thrash

    Those Sonic/Persona pictures you use to talk about the SEGA’s acquisition of Atlus amuse me.

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