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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, '13, 12:13 pm 
Source: http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2013/09/17 ... yen/55909/

From the article: "After the revelation came about that popular Japanese game publisher, Atlus, and its parent company, Index Corp, were facing fraud allegations and had filed for bankruptcy, speculation began to fly about what would happen to the beloved game company. After just a few months, however, it looks like Sega Sammy Holdings has purchased Index Corp for 14 billion yen. The acquisition will happen in November, as reported by Japanese news site Nikkei, and will involve a restructuring of the company.

Additional details are scarce, but we’ll make sure to follow this story as it unfolds. No word what this means for Atlus USA."

Thoughts?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, '13, 2:07 pm 
I hope they keep going in some form. I really enjoy some of their games, notably Crusader of Centy for Genesis, which I fondly remember from my childhood, and 3-D Dot Game Heroes for PS3.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, '13, 6:42 pm 
This actually could be good- Sega has been big on porting its held games to PC as of late, which means that it's possible we'll see more of the Atlus library available on Steam and the like.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, '13, 1:01 am 
For Atlus in Japan, it should be okay. Probably they will keep working on their strongest franchises and they can even benefit from Sega's engines and tech assets.

As for Atlus USA, I don't know. Atlus USA is focused on localizing niche games, while Sega has been very bad in bringing their own games to the west. Maybe they will use Atlus USA experience and resources to bring their unpublished games, but maybe they will merge it to Sega of America and the resources will be lost.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 2, '14, 5:49 am 
I honestly think this will be terrible for Atlus USA. I agree that Atlas in Japan would be fine - it's just more resources, which should hopefully translate to better games. But Sega and localization are not subjects that go together very well, unfortunately. The best case scenario would have Sega essentially leaving Atlus USA to their own devices, maybe occasionally throwing them a decent Sega title... but I fear the more likely result will be the end of Atlus' USA operations entirely.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 2, '14, 10:18 pm 
Wolf Bird wrote:I hope they keep going in some form. I really enjoy some of their games, notably Crusader of Centy for Genesis, which I fondly remember from my childhood, and 3-D Dot Game Heroes for PS3.

Ah yes ! Crusader of Centy (Soleil in Europe ! French word for SUN :) ) was a great game ! Me and my two brothers have finished it and that was so many great memories :)


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