Report: About 20 companies, including Sega, show interest in bid for Atlus parent; offer as high as 20 billion yen
posted on 08.02.13 at 12:24 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Sources say sale can be determined by the end of August.

Approximately 20 companies, including Sega Sammy Holdings, have displayed interest in the bid for Atlus parent company Index Holdings, Bloomberg reports.

According to sources familiar with the situation, the plan is to narrow down candidates as early as next week and determine the business transfer by the end of August. The bid has gone as high as about 20 billion yen (approx. $201 million), five billion yen more than Index’s expected 15 billion, these people said.

As for Sega, the company wouldn’t be a such a surprising bidder, considering it already acts as a distributor for Atlus’ packaged games in Japan.

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  • Tenshiken

    If SSH can keep Atlus a third party developer than I’m ok with them.

  • 罪罰

    They’re saying that the top five bidders thus far are:
    1.GungHo
    2.Sega Sammy
    3.Sony
    4.Tecmo
    5.-Square Enix
    No official sources, just people saying.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      4/5 of those are good choices. 1 of those we had better hope dearly does not win the bid

      • PrinceHeir

        let me guess.

        Square Enix XD

        • HeatPhoenix

          And GungHo. MOBILE GAMES 5EVER.

      • Gigus

        Square Enix did a good job at buying Eidos and funding their games. Good examples would be Deus Ex, Sleeping Dogs, and Tomb Raider.

        • Guy Rainey

          And, then called those games “failures”.

          • Gigus

            In terms of their financial expectations, sadly. You can’t really blame Square Enix though. They’re just guilty for wanting too much in terms of profit.

            I just wish people who haven’t bought them yet would give them a try. Especially right now when they’ve been slapping sale sticker prices on them.

    • PrinceHeir

      GUNGHO!!!!!!

      Tecmo Koei would be a good choice, but i fear they might make digital only.

      maybe this time we could have dual audio now? i hope someone other than Atlus US localizes the games this time around.

  • 罪罰

    GungHo bought Grasshopper and those guy seem to be doing just dandy, SEGA is also a good company but they never localize the good stuff! I don’t want that!
    [despair intensifies]

    • FFXIIKD

      Yakuza 5 and valkyria chronicles 3 :(

    • Tenshiken

      IF Sega bought Atlus, I would be worried about the status of all future handheld shin megami tensei (including persona) games making it to the west.

      • KnifeAndFork

        Exactly. All these people saying SEGA is a good choice are out of their minds. SEGA is barely hanging in there as it is. With that logic, why not SNK to buy them lol they are in a coma state

    • shogunknight

      Dont worry, Atlus may be the localizing answer you need

      • 罪罰

        I remember they helped SEGA with Puyo Pop for the DS.

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    If Sega does buy then I hope they let Atlus USA localize some of their games like VC3, PSO2, and others since Sega isn’t bringing them here.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Doesn’t work like that. Look at how Banpresto games don’t get localized after they were bought by Namco. Head company pulls the final strings.

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    I want Sega to buy them so that Jack Frost can appear in the next Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing.

    • 罪罰

      “Get out of the way, ho”

  • shogunknight

    I dont mind Sega acquiring them. Its a good choice for a third party company. I would like to see the other companies interested though. Probably till next week

  • Kuma Kabo

    SEGA would be a horrible choice. Remember how Valkyria Chronicles went in the West?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Remember how it went in the East?

      VC3 was a damn nice improvement, especially from VC2. Let Sega get their hands on it so we can get a Persona tactical RPG or a new Valkyria Chronicles with Persona characters as guest appearances, haha.

      • Kuma Kabo

        Yeah, that’s great if you don’t take into consideration the massive amount of megaten fans that don’t speak Japanese.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Yeah, that’s also great if you stop taking into consideration how much larger the fanbase is for Megaten in the East VS the West ._.

          • PrinceHeir

            i agree.

            lol “massive”

            SMT is still niche in the west compared to japan.

            heck i don’t think the west even overtook the japanese sales of any Atlus game.

            the only japanese niche game where the west managed to outsold japan is the Hyperdimension games.

            but that’s just NIS America being awesome and giving fans what they want.

            exclusive limited editions that are different than the JPN editions, dual audio, fan feedback, “actual” responses to fan instead of the stupid “were looking into this in the future” crap

            also localizes Anime BD’s with amazing packaging.

            • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

              lol, but those weren’t any impressive sales compared to smt also Hyperdimension is nich even for japan
              the anime sold like 1000 copies that bad really bad

              • PrinceHeir

                so?

                the point is the fanbase of these niche games has always been japan first then the rest of the world.

                that’s why it’s amazing to see Hyperdimension doing better outside of japan.

                you can’t really compare both, i only brought up Hypredimension Neptunia since it’s the only niche game so fat that has managed to outsold japan

                and lol sold 1000 copies? the JPN BD’s and DVD’s aren’t even out yet.

                i wouldn’t be surprised if the anime came on top today since alot of people are eager to watched it and have actual fan events in japan.

                stop making up bullshit and face the FACTS

      • 罪罰

        Valkyria Chronicles X Shin Megami Tensei
        *my pants*

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          You read my mind :3

          • Budgiecat

            Obviously that can potentially happen without a company buying them. Look at the SMT X Fire Emblem and Project X Zone crossovers..

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              Of course it can, but you DO realize how much red tape is involved when doing crossovers OUTSIDE of a company, right…? If they were to buy them, they could cut out the middleman, per se.

      • KnifeAndFork

        NO

    • Luna Kazemaru

      yes i remember that well VC2 moved to the psp because of the psp doing so well and the first game not doing so hot. While being a good game the fanbased turned into little babies and said we will not support this it did bad sega dodn’t take it well. VC3 comes out and everyone begs for it and hmm sega just said no for the most part hmmm i wounder why lol.

  • EX+

    I’m gonna be honest. I like Sega, but I kinda want Namco Bandai to buy them. Maybe we could get a Tales of and Persona crossover for the PS4.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      No offense, but I don’t want that crossover to happen :D

      • Dede Ogbe

        I agree.

  • Verzwei

    Please, allow Tecmo Koei buy Index! Shin Megami Tensei Musou FTW!

    • OlimacFTW

      Tecmo Koei would be the best choice to get Atlus. As a company, they always hear their fans and always localize their games.

      • Verzwei

        Indeed. Especially because TK Europe has an awesome community manager who always tries to make the voice of the west to be heard. Inspector Chin is the man!

      • ddsfan2

        It depends on what games you play out of Tecmo Koei’s catalog though. I’m a huge fan of their strategy games, (don’t care for anything else out of their output) and their localization track record for Nobunaga’s Ambition is abysmal…

    • KnifeAndFork

      That doesn’t make any sense. Who would the heroes be other than the very first Megami Tensei hero from that NES game that they made an Anime OVA from. Other than that, SMT III main and maybe 1 or 2 from IV. Thats not enough heroes for a Musou..

      • Verzwei

        There’s always Persona and Devil Survivor characters

      • PrinceHeir

        there’s plenty of characters.

        Digital Devil Saga,

        Devil Summoner

        Shin Megami What If

        Devil Children

        Devil Survivor

        Persona 1-4+Arena

        SMT I-IV

        it doesn’t have to necessarily SMT only, they could pull a Warriors Orochi if they can.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Hokuto Musou/Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage didn’t even have 15 characters. I’m sure they could manage :P

        • Budgiecat

          The manga had plenty of characters ; it was just the first game so they had a tighter budget

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Of course the manga had plenty of characters. You don’t have to tell me that. HnK is one of my favorite series ever, ffs. I seriously doubt it was because they had a “tighter” budget though.

            I mean, come on… With all the Musou games they sell? HnK is definitely one of the bigger series in Japan, so money certainly wasn’t the problem. They were just lazy and wanting to cash in on Shin Hokuto Musou with the inclusion of characters that SHOULD have been playable in the first installment (see: Juuza, Shu, Fudo, etc.). I hardly believe they had a “budget” problem with a series of this caliber…

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owltron

    I actually forgotten about the fact that Sega did publish some of their titles in Japan awhile back…

  • bldudas

    I would want either Sega or Sony. I think they would be the best choices for publishing and localizing games.

    Tecmo Koei doesn’t really listen to the fans, if they did, then Atelier Ayesha would have had Japanese voices in the localized version. And definitely not Square Enix.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Sony before Sega and Square-Enix or Capcom or Namco. I could see Sega not localizing some games as they often do. Def NOT EA or Activision…

      Tecmo Koei doesn’t listen to fans?? At least they localize their games.

      wtf

      WHERE IS SHENMUE III, SHENMUE HD COLLECTION, YAKUZA HD COLLECTION, YAKUZA 5 AND VALKYRIA CHRONICLES III??

      • 罪罰

        where is my *insert franchise here* sequel

  • PrinceHeir

    GungHo is the best!!!

    they can advertise the hell out of your game if they also team up with Kadokawa(which they have been doing since Lollipop Chainsaw)

    i mean not even Atlus US release this kind of media.

    i agree.

    i mean look at what they released!!!

    Kiler is Dead KID TV

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFiZAZxZ5Fg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLzAhUqfiM4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqBSb7sBQNU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4psj0TZN3g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eJl-FfZWAQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5VWQ5h4aE0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf7ecDVPP5g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqiGyz8hBqs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtTf0vCXqTI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K82vCvGzMAQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqV2ABfLwdk

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/04/killer-is-dead-kid-tv-1.html

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/05/killer-is-dead-kid-tv-2.html

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/05/killer-is-dead-kid-tv-3.html

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/06/killer-is-dead-kid-tv-4-premium-edition.html

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/07/killer-is-dead-kid-tv-5.html

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/07/killer-is-dead-kid-tv-6.html

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/07/killer-is-dead-kid-tv-7.html

    Killer is Dead Preview

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jIKq_kklVw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lxfW-1lVP0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F43AsPi535M

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZi41YZaZX0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JidAqclMWEg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTM-J8rXRB4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7yZ2VXP9U8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwZIdm5LozY

    Killer is Dead Premium Edition

    http://ncloud.blogspot.com/2013/06/killer-is-dead-premium-edition.html

    http://ncloud.blogspot.com/2013/06/killer-is-dead-2-special-editions.html

    http://ncloud.blogspot.com/2013/07/killer-is-dead-north-america-and-europe.html

    Screenshots

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/07/killer-is-dead-screenshots_29.html

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/07/killer-is-dead-screenshots_16.html

    http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/06/killer-is-dead-gameplay-blowout.html

    this is probably his most marketed game ever along with Lollipop Chainsaw.

  • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

    please nintedo buy them

    i want to see persona 5 as only for wii u

    • EX+

      I sure as hell don’t. I like Nintendo and all but they really shouldn’t buy out atlas. They’d hold back and delay stuff like Persona 5 and reply with ‘Please understand’.

    • http://insanechronos.tumblr.com/ InsaneChronos

      Why?

      • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

        beause people say the wii u doesn’t have any games

        • http://insanechronos.tumblr.com/ InsaneChronos

          Why do you care about what people say?

        • Dede Ogbe

          What does that have to do with you and why do u care? That’s such a petty reason. R u forgetting ‘X’ is being developed by Nintendo?

          • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

            yeah but most of my friend keep saying the wii u is so lame it doesn’t have any games

          • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

            ‘X’ is the only thing that interests me on a WiiU… Nothing else helps…

        • Budgiecat

          wii u doesn’t have any games

    • Gigus

      It wouldn’t be a logical choice in terms of fan service because many people have played the persona games on another platform. What would really help nintendo with the buy out would be that collaboration game atlus had planned with them.

      If sony bought them out, Shin Megami Tensi X Fire Emblem would be canned and I don’t want that. I’d rather have a third party buy them out.

    • Namekaze_Minato

      Oh Hell no! The last thing I wanna do is buy a Wii U….*ugh*…. to play a sequel (Persona 5) of my favorite franchise….SONY! SQUARE! NAMCO BANDAI! LEVEL-5! and EVERYONE ELSE! please don’t let this happen.

  • BushyEyebrows

    So if companies like Sega or Square Enix who have American branches were to buy Atlus, will Atlus USA no longer be responsible for localizations? Because they really are the best and I don’t want to lose them.

  • EX+

    I don’t want Nintendo to buy them though. I like Nintendo, but they’d hold back the games and reply with ‘please understand’. I also think we’d be in locolization hell. I know it was a long time ago but Operation Rainfall showed me that Nintendo’s managment can be… out of touch.

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      Nintendo has more money and also Nintendo needs games

      so it’s makes since considering how popular persona is in japan you can put the title west popularity x3 and it’s won’t be close to how much popular the game is in japan and they need the wii u to launch their

    • Farid Belkacemi

      You’re talking about NoA then : the Japanese and European branches are pretty good in my book :) But if the rumors are true, I’m ok with GungHo.

    • Dede Ogbe

      Exactly. Look at what’s happening with SMT4. No word on a European release yet and it’s already released in the rest of the world. It’s the P4 Arena situation all over again. No. Nintendo should stay far away. Sega or any other third party would be ideal. Worst comes to worst they can be a second party studio for Sony, like insominac games. That way they can still develop for other platforms if the want to

      • Farid Belkacemi

        We still don’t know the publisher for SMT IV in Europe though, and it’s probably NISA btw.

    • Namekaze_Minato

      To be fair to Atlus’ fans; the company needs to stay third party. Not everyone is willing to buy a console they didn’t like before; to play the franchises they love.

  • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

    also Sega will be nice to, i can read and understand Japanese so even if they don’t localize persona 5 i will still import it and buy it so that doesn’t really Mather to me
    i hope Nintendo or sega, sony no they already have naught dog don’t be greedy

  • Gigus

    I really hope Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft don’t buy them. I want a third party publisher to buy them out so the Persona series can be open to any platform and for Shin Megami Tensi X Fire Emblem won’t get shafted.

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      yeah but if nintendo buys we can still get smt x fire emblem

      • Gigus

        Yeah but I don’t wanna buy persona games on another platform I’m not used to. Some adjustments are good but not always. I’m not saying Nintendo isn’t a good option. I’m just saying I would rather have Atlus make more many on all platforms rather than on one platform.

        • Dede Ogbe

          I think the best solution for that would be them becoming a second party developer for Sony. Reasons 1. Persona stays on playstation.
          2. They can develop for other platforms as well like insomniac. So Fire Emblem x SMT won’t get shafted. There also the issue of region locking

          • Gigus

            But there is a huge difference between Insomniac and Atlus. Insomniac was contracted by Sony, Atlus is owned by Index. So Atlus can’t just walk out the door on their parent company without the proper finances, and I doubt Atlus has the money to buy themselves out. That is the reason why I would rather have them be bought out by a third party publisher.

            • Dede Ogbe

              agreed. This is just a worse case scenario.the bottom line is it would be better for everyone if it was a third party that just let Atlus do what they do and at the same time improves on them i.e localisation times

              • Gigus

                Another great question is what regional publisher should buy them? (lacking a proper term for it XD)

                Should it be a western publisher or an eastern publisher?

                • Dede Ogbe

                  hmm. very true. Hope Namco doesn’t get them though.

                  • Gigus

                    Going back to your Sony contract theory, it isn’t a bad idea either. Sony or any other company can help them buy themselves out but I know its gonna cost a very pretty yen. And I’m very doubtful Sony has the money to fork that over.

                    • Namekaze_Minato

                      Sony could always borrow money from banks or Sony could partner up with other companies (Sega; Nam Dai; Level-5;etc) to jointly buy and own equal stakes of Atlus.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I’m not sure how I feel about Sega possibly winning this…

    • Gigus

      Who would you prefer if not sega? I’m not really confident with Sega either. An interesting company I think who should purchase Atlus is NIS.
      NIS maybe a small company but it would be really interesting what new IPs they could bring if they collaborated.

      • Dede Ogbe

        That’s actually the best suggestion so far! NIS would be awesome.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        That’s the million dollar question here. I’m really not sure to be honest.

        I think the best suitor would just let Atlus continue to do what they do best. If they want to collaborate on a project, sure thing. Otherwise, they just provide them with what they need to continue making great games.

        • Gigus

          I agree and I really doubt any publisher who buys them well let them run free.

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      why sega is awesome, sonic x smt would be dope

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        I have nothing against the talented developers working at Sega. The publisher side of the company? I’m not so fond of. I can’t help but worry about the Atlus franchises being switched to digital only, or not getting localized at all.

        I’m quite sure they could make some great games if they combined the talent, no doubt about that. It’s the business side of the equation that worries me.

        • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

          yeah i see your point but in my opinion sega is ok

    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

      Once Sega takes over, Atlus USA is no more and doesn’t exist anymore.. Everything Atlus related projects and/or localizations falls entirely on Sega and their management…

    • Chestnut Bowl

      You shouldn’t feel anything. Compared to some of the other names people are throwing around here in the comments, Sega buying Atlus might work out well. They already have a relationship and I doubt Sega would interfere with Atlus’s properties for fear of losing sales. It would most likely be as if hands had never changed.

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    My thoughts:
    Sega = Does it make any difference if they bought atlus? Doesn’t guarantee localization for every game to happen… The NA and EU offices were restructured as well which means the percentage of localization are even less than before… (I’m still waiting for Yakuza 5’s localization…)
    GungHo = Possible… They earned a buck-load of cash due to that title(I forgot)…
    Nintendo = They got their own RPG studio, remember? The one who is developing “X”….
    Square Enix = They are in trouble, aren’t they? With western IPs not doing well and they got their own Japanese IPs to work on, They lost a lot of money during that time too…
    Sony = They are expanding their World Wide Studios(Japan’s side lacking) at the moment and just gotten out of the red area… Who knows?

    Personal opinion: I rather Atlus remain third party or go with Sony’s WWS…. Sony took risks with new IPs(Last of Us, Journey, Rain, etc) this late in this current gen and the idea of Atlus turning into Japan’s own Naughty Dog(or near ND’s level) is exciting, to say the least…

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      GungHo got money(2 billion dollars) duo puzzles/dragon 16 million on os/android

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        Ha… That’s the one I’ve forgotten about… Thanks for filling in…

        • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

          no problem

    • 罪罰

      I’ll just point out that The Last Of Us being a risk is plain silly. It was made by Naughty Dog. Naughty fuckin’ Dog, that alone made it sell not to say the game is absolutely brilliant in every aspect :p

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        “I’ll just point out that The Last Of Us being a risk is plain silly”
        If Naughty Dog wasn’t bought by Sony and is under a third party publisher(like EA or Activision) instead, what would become of Naughty Dog and the game?

  • Dede Ogbe

    tbh as long as the majority of their games aren’t religion locked, and we aren’t left in a situation similar to P4 Arena or SM4 (Europe), i don’t care who gets them. I just want to play their games. I don’t want to have to wait years for a localisation

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      you have to understand localization takes time and money no studio will localize something if they don’t earn money from it

      the reason we don’t see yakuza 5 because the last one didn’t sell very well no regarding persona5, the last one sold 1 million on japan and 400.000 on the west(europe+usa) do we probably gonna see it no mather who buy atlus

      • Dede Ogbe

        Listen dude, I really wouldn’t care if they weren’t religion locked. But anyone who still does that crap in 2013 should stay away from Atlus. Because it’s goddamn annoying having friends who are playing the english version of say P4 Arena whilst your left in the dark for god knows how long even though there’s already an english build of the game. Region locking needs to die.

        • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

          religion lol
          i understand you point but I’m sure Nintendo has it’s reasons for making their platforms region locked
          Nintendo is also very good at bringing games here

          • Dede Ogbe

            goddamn auto correct. LOL

            • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

              yeah i know lol

              • Dede Ogbe

                just had an awful thought. Though it’s unlikely, Microsoft could just as easily come and buy these guys as well

                • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

                  microft wants to go in the japanese market but that would be horrible
                  persona5 as xbox360 exclusive god

                  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

                    Microsoft considered Japan as a ‘Tier 2′ country now… I doubt they will pay any attention to the Japanese market…

                    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

                      but that because they don’t want to launch next to ps4
                      they will get totally destroyed

                    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

                      I think it’s because they lost faith on that market due to poor sales for both hardware… and probably software too…

                      It’s catered to NA heavily without Japan in mind…

  • new_tradition

    How do they narrow down the bidders? Saying that bids have gone as high as 20 billion doesn’t mean all participants are willing to put up that much, right?

    WHO HAZ TEH MUNNIEZ?

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      well the highest bidder take the company

      • new_tradition

        Exactly. But who’s in a position to put up that much money?

        Or am I just being naive? Is 20 billion not a lot of money to most companies?

        • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

          well for starter GungHo has more than enough money

          Nintendo off course

          Sony i guess they posted 350 million profit
          sega again posted profit that will give them the ability to buy that

  • EX+

    I also think Namco Bandai should buy them because they’re good with localizations. Next year the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and Tales of Xillia 2 are getting localized.

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      that only because tales series is somewhat popular in the west if tales of xillia sells like 50k we won’t see them

      you have to put that on your mind

    • Frankiedf

      You say they are good with localizations, yet we never got ps3 vesperia, either of the vita games, and north america gets shafted by high priced digital only releases of some of their games.

    • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

      NamDai isn’t good with localizations at all, even with games where a good amount of text is already in English.

      Gundam Senki Battlefield Record UC0081 anyone?

      • MosquitoLemon

        I’m pretty sure Atlus USA will still handle US publishing and localization, and they have brought us a majority of the titles people care about (and even some that nobody cares about).

        Besides, Gundam isn’t popular in America. I love Gundam, but it just plain isn’t popular.

        • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

          That was a response towards the comment that NamDai was good with localizations, not anything involving Atlus.

          -Besides, Gundam isn’t popular in America. I love Gundam, but it just plain isn’t popular.

          Senki could’ve been brought over (the majority of it, aside from the story was already in English) it’s just that they didn’t want to, even though people were asking for it, long before the Tales shenanigans happened.

          • MosquitoLemon

            People always ask for everything, and then they don’t pay for it when it does come out, and then they complain when they don’t get any more. Signing a petition or making an online comment requires zero effort. Spending your hard earned money does, and when push comes to shove, people don’t put the money down, end of story.

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    I wouldn’t want either Sony or Nintendo to own Atlus, as it would stop them from being a third party company that we’ve come to love (,well, you guys more than me – I’ve only begun to know the joys of Atlus’ titles).

  • Gigus

    I’m not sure if anyone has thought of this but would Nexon be a good choice? XD

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      lol nenon only publish Korean game and poorly

  • Yuri Meitzen

    i wanted… imageepoch(don’t think they have that kind of money), nippon ichi or gungho to buy them in the last case scenario maybe Namdai… i would be happy with that D;… please capcom stay away from atlus Ò_Ó

  • Learii

    not sega or Capcom please I rather have sony or NIS American

    • Jack

      nis america lol really

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Best Preference from me would be Level 5 & Namco Bandai. Also, I believe Sega wouldn’t be a good choice. I hope none of the First-Party Companies get a hold of this, Especially M$..

    • Jack

      level 5 is just a developer i don’t they have money to buy atlus

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      i don’t think level5 has enough money duo i would love

      level 5 x persona team working in game together is a match made in heaven

      • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

        Well, let see what happens.. surprisingly the outcome could be totally unbelievable!

  • Namekaze_Minato

    I am fine with anyone other than Nintendo or MS.

  • MosquitoLemon

    Sega was actually the first company I thought of, because Atlus made a lot of their print club machines way back when.

    Either way, Atlus prints money, so it doesn’t really matter. It’s not gonna be like when my poor Genki got picked up by Konami and then drop-kicked into near oblivion :(

  • Nightcore34

    If you don’t region lock, if you localise and actually make good games (be it letting atlus doing what they want) then you’re ok in my eyes

  • ragingmerifes

    As long as the company who buys Atlus doesn’t force them to make games only for one platform or of only one franchise, I’m OK.
    And as long as it isn’t Capcom, of course.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Please dont be Microsoft, SE, Capcom,EA and Activision anybody but them.

    Companies that deserve or could work well with Atlus.
    Arc System Works
    Namco Bandai
    Nintendo(w/o question)
    SONY
    From Software
    Acquire

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      Oops forgot SEGA one of my favorite cideo game companies thatd be great if Atlus would own them.

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      most of those companies are devs as well

  • Eclipse

    I really like Sega, but weren’t they having some pretty bad financial problems?

    I’d like Atlus to remain third-party, so my preferred choice would be Bandai Namco – they’re known for treating their employees very well, plus they can offer the funding required for the bigger titles.

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      no they have just posted a profit this 2013 q1

  • Elvick

    Sega need to get the fuck away from this. They’d be terrible. They can’t even provide us with Yakuza anymore. They’ve moved away from retail for a “let’s port Sonic 4 to toasters near you!” model.

    Plus, Shining is dead, Valkyria Chronicles is dead, the list goes on.

    The only decent localization effor they’ve got coming is Project Diva F and even that they screwed up by not putting out the Vita version.

    Let’s not even get started on how derp they’re being with Phantasy Star Online 2.

    STAY AWAY FROM ATLUS SEGA

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      i thuink your being to hard on them

      yet they fuck things up sometimes(but who doesn’t)
      we didn’t see yakuza5 because yakuza4 didn’t sell very well
      anyway they have tried to give project diva f

      • ddsfan2

        I wouldn’t jump to conclusions. Yakuza 5 came out on December of last year, and Yakuza 3 and 4 both took a year for a localized release. Plus, Yakuza 5 is a bigger game, so it will probably take more time. I wouldn’t worry until December comes around and there still is no confirmation.

    • Sevyne

      Totally agree. I really hope Sega don’t get their hands on them. We’d be denied so many great games if Atlus falls to Sega. Fuuuuuuck that!

    • Awnye

      As much of a SEGA fan I am, Atlus deserves better.

  • RSene

    That means… Etrian could be owned by Sega? Is that so? What about Atlus?

  • McPoo

    Come on Activision!

    • Jack

      are you serious?

    • http://www.rapist.com ghostbooster

      wait what?

      • McPoo

        I simply want to see what the greatest company in the industry can do with Atlus. Is that so wrong?

        • Willgaea

          Haha. It’s not wrong. I just think they wouldn’t be able to meld ideas correctly.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    I like how everyone just went super negative while ignoring that 1 they could still be 3rd party, 2. sega sees they can make some money with the move. #. they are pretty good on the PC market and saved relic but hey

  • RSene

    Atlus could bid on Atlus parent to get make Atlus the owner of Atlus.

    • Philip Mark Gutierrez

      Atlusception. hehehe.

    • Namekaze_Minato

      That could be cool; but Atlus doesn’t have that kind of cash. They could always borrow bank Loans to finance their independence…but that is even more improbable. I just hope that Atlus goes to a third party dev.

  • Soul_Blade

    I think namco Bandai may be a good candidate. As long Atlus remains third party with a decent company..that’s all that matters to me.

  • dasombrero

    I’m undecided on Sega Sammy…seriously. There’s as much bad as there is good that could come out of it. Sega has denied the west a lot of their top RPGs, it might be a shrewd money saving model in the short term but it alienated a lot of jrpg fans. You don’t throw a new IP (Valkyria Chronicles) under the bus just because no one bought PSP sequel near the end of that console’s struggling cycle.

    I’m hoping that if it happens Atlus now has access to localize those games, maybe even the Tony Taka Shining Force games. Atlus is a company that treats their fans right (ok, sorry P4A EU guys, but its not a completely bad record like Sega’s). They know how to ‘grow’ a brand.

    Sega knows how to pass on another Bayonetta, own the Guilty Gear franchise and not listen to its creators(glad this is no longer true), and make terrible Sonic games. It’s hard to be a Sega fan.

  • ddsfan2

    The only thing that worries me about Sega is their localization track record, (or frequent lack thereforeof) but otherwise, I think that they would be an excellent fit for Atlus.

    You never know, Sega could use Atlus USA to substantially increase their localizations.

  • Hidayat246

    as long is not nintendo

    turn persona into Cero A rating game is not what i hope

  • Pekola

    It kind of sucks that we have to fear the monetary decisions the companies in the industry make because of all the fads that have sprung up lately.

    It could mean the death of Atlus as we know them depending on who buys them. It really sucks that we can’t trust companies to not destroy the games we know and love.

  • Rafael Martines

    I’m ok with Sega… better than Nintendo :) Persona games under Nintendo, somehow remeber me that time when Mortal Kombat have White Blood on SNES LoL

  • Namekaze_Minato

    …Now that I think about it SquareEnix might not be so bad….
    think of the possibilities: Final Fantasy X Persona; Kingdom Hearts X Persona; etc.

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    SEGA Index ftw, that’s actually not a bad decision and I didn’t even think they’d be interested but in hindsight, this would benefit them greatly. Online services, Atlus’ developers…goodness, thinking about Persona published by SEGA…they really could use this in Japan. Then, with Atlus USA, the better localization/publishing arm versus SEGA’s own, maybe they’d actually bring more of their Japanese projects over. And yes, considering my avatar I’m sure someone will call my bias out but I was rooting for Gungho to get them >>;

    • LordKaiser

      SEGA is only good in Japan. In USA they’re like D3Publisher or worse.

      • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

        Well being good in Japan is where we need them to be good. As for NA, clearly Atlus’ localization team is better (sorry SEGA) but think about this, if SEGA gets them; Atlus gets a proper EU arm and SEGA EU is best SEGA.