Atlus On Working With Sega, And Possible Collaborations In The Near Future

By Sato . July 31, 2014 . 3:40am


Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka along with representative director and president Yukio Sugino recently mentioned that they have a few new titles in the works. In this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine, they also talked about the benefits of being a part of Sega.


Famitsu asks the two to share their thoughts about the new generation of consoles with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Regarding current generation consoles, Hiraoka says, “As console game makers, of course we won’t just avoid them. We’ll definitely be making an effort on that front.”


“Sega released Yakuza at the PlayStation 4’s launch, so they have some know-how when it comes to making software for the current generation consoles, which I believe we can share as needed,” says Sugino.


He continues, “Compared to Atlus, Sega are on a much bigger scale [as developers], and our respective know-how is completely different. They’re much more advanced than us when it comes to tools and middleware.”


Sugino also explains that if you look at the bigger picture, the Sega Sammy group has various small companies within it, all with their own expertise; so if Atlus felt the need to get something done a certain way, they could always ask Sega Sammy.


Famitsu points out that they’ve heard that both companies [Sega and Atlus] seem to be quite happy with one another, and that it looks like we can expect a lot more from them and their synergy together, in the future.


Hiraoka replies, “That’s right. The other day, we held a briefing session with Sugino and myself on Atlus’ side, with [Yakuza producer, Sega CCO Toshiro] Nagoshi and others from Sega to discuss our title line-up for the next three years, where we talked about things such as, ‘Ah, with that kind of lineup, we can do this and that.’”


Sugino concludes the talk by explaining that even if two companies are aware of what they’re working on and when it will be announced to the public, the timing for joint projects and such is often difficult.


However, he continues, by knowing what both are working on well ahead of time, it makes it much easier for such collaborations to be possible. So if we are to see future collaborative projects between Sega and Atlus, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see this happen in about three years’ time.

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  • Rob Wu

    Is this talk about Yakuza supposed to be suggestive or just there to spit on everyone

    • Why is every mention of Yakuza have to suggest Sega is mean-spirited towards us?
      But I recall Nagoshi plays a role with Atlus so yeah something is probably up.

  • landlock

    I’d rather SEGA shared Yakuza with Atlus and not just the tech. That said I long for some new Atlus IPs.

    I like SMT but never been a big Persona fan. While the stories and characters are good I find the dungeons to be very tedious and repetitive.

  • Raze

    Maybe Atlus can try to make Raidou’s game with Yakuza’s engine

    • aizen310

      Something moved in my pants.
      And it’s not an illusion.

  • Shippoyasha

    I kind of want to see them give Atlus the Skies of Arcadia rights alongside the original SoA director.

    I also want Atlus to try making a Sakura Wars game.

    • Aaron K Stone

      But the team that made SOA is still there.

      • In collaboration, Atlus would take on the development while SoA staff could do the planning.

    • You just said the two perfect things. Let Atlus have a go at Sakura Wars and Skies of Arcadia; that would be absolutely fantastic.

  • Azazel

    SMT x Valkyria Chronicles. I might just lose my shit.

    • Forrestfield

      This right here. I’d be unable to contain myself.

    • Altin

      SMT: Strange Journey x Phantasy Star. I could not contain all of my hype for this.

    • Jeremy Noble

      Would buy. Why not go all the way though and make a BIG Stratagy type mashup like x zone?

      • Hound

        To be honest, with something that heavy, I’d like to see how Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem turns out first..

        Atlus does well within their own IPs. Collaboration may not mesh with their style. I suppose we’ll find out.

        Recently Atlus seems to have gone out of their way to have collaboration projects though. Persona Q between their own teams and the fighting games with a bigger fighter developer have been aces.

        Soon we’ll see how they work with Nintendo.

    • Ethan_Twain

      I’d council waiting to see how the first SMT x crossover project turns out. Being a studio that consistently turns out good original products and being a studio that works well in collaboration with others are different things and we don’t know yet if crossovers are necessarily Atlus’ thing.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    Sonic X SMT calling it. Xp

  • Renaldi Saputra

    so, Shining Resonance’s localization? Phantasy Star Nova’s localization? Hero Bank’s localization?

    and the most important: Phantasy Star Online 2’s localization?

    ah well, I’m just saying words
    anw I doubt ATLUS USA will do it

    • MaximDualBlade

      Phantasy Star Nova! Someday

  • z_merquise

    All I want to see is another new Valkyria Chronicles game that’s not a mobile or browser game. Also, not a freakin’ card game.

    Or how about a new Golden Axe game or Shinibo game? Though I have a different developers in mind for those games. But as long as they can tag-along with Atlus in some way to revive a classic Sega IP then it’s better.

  • Wrathful

    It would be fucking kickass to Atlus contribute to the Jet Set Radio Franchise.

    • ShadowDivz

      Atlus presents Jet Set Radio Sequel.

      Damn, that would be awesome.

  • Shadowz

    Please! Don’t play with my heart and just localize Yakuza 5 already. And while you’re at it. Valykria Chronicles 3 or a new one overall. Don’t mind if new Skies of Arcadia game as well. ATLUS, please bring these series back to life.

    • FTM

      Just in case you don’t know, VC3 got a full English patch by fans, and it’s excellent.

  • Amagidyne

    I just hope it means there might be a better record of EU localizations, going forwards, now they’re with Sega and Sega has an established EU branch.

  • I just hope that a) Atlus can localize some of Sega’s stuff, or help out with localization. And that b) Sega can help produce more non-handheld entries of Atlus’ games, like console/PC versions of Etrian Odyssey or whatevs. If Atlus can help Shining Resonance or Yakuza 5 come over, I want to see that! ( ^ – ^ )

    Heck, I hope that Sega just has more projects in development than they’re letting on, period. Hoping for more reveals at TGS. I mean, I get that this was an off year for them because of the Atlus buyout and the dealings with Index and the partnerships with Nintendo (Sonic, Bayonetta) and all that jazz distracting from actual development. Or at least, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt. So this year SUCKED for them – only 4 games at E3? That’s terrible.

    I’m hoping for a stronger showing from them in the future, and stronger collabs with them and Atlus. So these comments make me happy :)

    • LightZero

      There is no way a console or PC version of EO would work unless it’s on the Wii U. Otherwise it right where it belongs on the 3DS. It’s the time game where dual screen is a godsend.

      • pekikuubik

        Implying the contents of the 2nd screen would be hard to implement on a platform where the mouse is one of two dominant input devices.

  • Callonia

    Skies of Arcadia eh Atlus? :D

  • SupaPhly

    I just want the current Yakuza games in english
    Is that hard to ask for :(

  • ZnTxn

    Etrian Odyssey x 7th Dragon crossover.

    And yes, it would be weird for the 7th Dragon director since he was also the director of the first Etrian Odyssey before leaving Atlus…

  • Yan Zhao

    Collaboration? Start like letting Atlus localize Shining Resonance D:<

  • Hound

    More localized Yakuza, Sakura Wars, and Valkyria Chronicles games moving forward would be heavenly. Atlus’ English branch does decent with translation and its Japanese branch has a heavy hand in some rather solid RPGs in the last 10 years.

    I’d love to see Sakura Wars, Valkyria Chronicles, Skies of Arcadia, and Shining move forward in a positive direction in the future with or without some collaboration with Atlus.

    JRPGs haven’t been as significant on console or PC platforms lately, and I’m sure that Sega could be a great contributor to bringing them back into the forefront.

    • sunbro72

      preach brotha!!! I don’t understand how smaller companies like NISA localize dozens of japanese games while Sega refuses to do it. I believe it’s only a lack of marketing know how and Atlus has more experience with this niche, so it could make it happen.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        remember that bigger developers have their own “pride”, so they have the right whether to choose what to localize with or without caring fan requests

        • Alos88

          If they care about their stupid sense of ‘pride’ over their fanbase’s requests then so be it. There are plenty of sensible excuses to not localize Yakuza from a business perspective.
          ‘Pride’ is not one of them.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    Yakuza with Persona. Summon your persona by strip and show your tattoo

  • Noelemahc

    ATLUS’s excellent localization teams with SEGA’s “never ignore Europe” attitude. Though both companies have a terrible track record in terms of “localize game A and ignore its sequels” =(

    • Estrius Alstar

      “ATLUS’s excellent localization teams” Hem…

  • Obviously I want to see Atlus USA pick up Sega games.
    But this about the development side of Atlus. I think they should develop Skies of Arcadia, or have Career Soft develop a Sakura Wars, or maybe have another go with Power Instinct with Sega involved with the arcade release.

    Finally, cameos can be a good and small token of collaboration. Jack Frost in the next All Star Racing. Or have Persona costumes in PSO2…

    • Sakura Wars is partly owned by Red so they’d have to get their permission to do it, lest we end up with another Rayblade/Panzer Warfare situation like Banpresto and Winkysoft had in the 90s/early 2000s with them separating briefly from their partnership.

      • Forgot about Red for a moment there. Sega still has other strategy titles of course. Dragon Force, Shining Force, Valkyria Chronicles (though Career focuses on 2D would fans mind?)

  • Dansolo

    Cooperate to make Shenmue 3!

    And localize VC3 as others have said.

  • FivePointedTheStar

    I’d really suggest toning down the wishful thinking. I wasn’t wrong when I wrote quite awhile ago on Siliconera that “fans” are expecting too much out of ATLUS, as they have been doing with SquareEnix. Or really, any of their “favorite” companies.

  • Junko Enoshima

    More Panzer Dragoon.

  • Kaetsu

    It would be cool to see Atlus tackle Resonance of Fate.

    • Richard N

      But why not just let Tri-Ace do that again? Aside from the fact Tri-Ace simply gets no respect with their IPs.

  • Eder García

    let’s see what happens…but if the fans wants SEGA IP x ATLUS IP, that will depend on how SMT X FE does

    • MaximDualBlade

      Not necesarily. It could be another genre.

  • Fredrik

    Western release for Yakuza 1&2 HD and Yakuza 5 please.

  • Warboss Aohd

    Atlus Made Shining Force?

  • Raw

    Persona X Sonic woes. I have a rope ready just in case.

    • disgaea36

      lmao hahaha

    • Invisbin

      I want it

    • E.T.993

      A Sonic Boom RPG made by Atlus COULD be neat. I said COULD(unlike that other crappy Sonic RPG by Bioware). I’d rather have a Sakura Wars or a game set in the Shining series, though.

  • Kornelious

    It would’ve been much better if Atlus bought Sega….Thjat way we could get more of those games Sega never localizes X(

  • Ir0nstorm .

    Bring Yakuza to the west!

  • ShadowDivz

    As long as Sega doesn’t prevent atlus from localizing, im good.

    • Tyler Beale

      Atlus to Localize Phan–
      *sees date is April 1, damns himself and Sega*

      • ShadowDivz

        You’re at fault for hoping!

      • Kenny Loh

        If Sega can allowing Atlus helping them localize? But everyone know Sega is very stubborn company they won’t allowing the company they owned to helping them localized their own titles.

  • mike dickson

    I’m cool with the collaboration idea as long that its NOT a persona 4 related game. It should be fine Atlus went a little too awall the persona 4 games

  • FlobotingIt

    I’m waiting for a real SMT game for Vita, but I’m happy with SMT4 thus far!

    • Nobody

      Meanwhile, I’m waiting for a real Persona game for the 3DS.

      • FlobotingIt

        Though I understand what you mean, I have a bit of a problem with this statement…

        Every three persona games have introduced a new engine. Persona 1, IS, EP all ran on a similar, if not the same, engine. Persona 3, FES (I suppose this could be counted as a “new entry”) and Persona 4 all used the same engine. That being said… The definition of a “real” Persona game is difficult to see. If you meant a cannon game, Persona Q fulfills that position! If you meant a game using the Persona 3/4 engine, then… No. But, the Persona Q seems to be somewhat similar to older Persona games.

        Sorry, I just felt like going off on that and being a smart ass XD But, I can understand what you’re saying. Honestly, I’m quite satisfied with Persona Q, I think it looks good! But, to each their own!

  • Rawindra

    Like what? Updated version of Ultimax (& includes some Sega Guests (maybe Bayonetta & Akira) & Dante from Capcom (since Nocturne 2, was it?) into Persona series (maybe as a bonus boss), if they don’t mind)

  • The Snail Arcana

    If Atlus could bring back Valkyria Chronicles, that would be amazing.

  • ShootThatWay

    Puyo Puyo would be nice, since Atlus did localize Fever for the DS.
    I’m still waiting for PuyoTetris.

  • ehtnah

    I don’t know which one is worse… sega that keep yakuza in Japan (RIP yakuza…..) or Atlus that releasing SMT4 in digital only in Europe…. maybe I can put them both in a bag, and forgot that bag in a really dark place….

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