Sega Sammy confirms Index acquisition
posted on 09.18.13 at 03:24 AM EST by (@salromano)
Sonic publisher takes over Persona developer.

Sega Sammy Holdings has confirmed reports of its aquisition of Atlus parent company Index Holdings.

A press release reads: “Notice is hereby given that Sega Dream Corporation, which was newly established as a wholly owned subsidiary by Sega Corporation (‘Sega’), a subsidiary of Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. (the ‘Company’), has concluded a business transfer agreement with Index Corporation (‘Index’) for the purpose of revitalization of the business. Under the agreement, Sega will take over the operations conducted by Index, the bankrupt company that applied to the Tokyo District Court for the commencement of civil rehabilitation proceedings effective from June 27, 2013.”

The purpose of the transfer, according to the press release, is Index’s “excellent track record in the design and development of content for mobile phones,” and “on the development of home video game software,” in which the company owns “a number of prominent IPs,” such as Shin Megami Tensei, Persona, and Etrian Odyssey.

The transfer agreement concluded today, and the due date for the transfer of Index Corporation to Sega Sammy Holdings is November 1.

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  • Raiyu
    • Dede Ogbe

      this actually cheered me up a bit thanks lol

  • Dede Ogbe

    I want to cry… no i am freaking crying. What the hell did i wake up to??!

  • http://twitter.com/Sieghardt Sieghardt

    Hopefully fans can step in to translate anything atlus make from here on

    • Eclipse

      I just remembered the dark times back in the 90s *shudders*

      Let’s hope that things don’t have to come to that! XD

  • Solomon_Kano

    > Sega Sammy bought Index :D

    > Sega Sammy: Nope.

    *2 hours later*

    > Sega Sammy: Okay, yes, we bought them.

    And the point of that denial for such a quick turnaround was… ?

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      They never said no. =P

      They just said ‘we didn’t really say anything yet.’

      Which we could’ve got by them just continuing not to say anything. =P

      • Solomon_Kano

        True, true.

        Guess I should change that to “I didn’t say that” followed by “Now I’m saying that” lol.

    • DrForbidden

      They didn’t deny it. They just said they announced nothing of the sort.

  • Andrew Arndt

    there still a chance sega will bring them guys dont give up hope already thoe i jsut import from the start

  • Charlotte Buckingham

    I’m hoping that Sega bought Atlus to try and utilise their awesome localisation skills to bring more games Westward. Possibly wishful thinking, but time will tell.

  • GhostNomad

    Ahem….

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

  • jujubee88

    Damn…..I’m getting sleepy.

    • totoro

      Close your eyes?

      • jujubee88

        >.>
        <.<
        _._

        • Kobracon

          ….your eyes are….BELOW your mouth?

  • Locksus

    Uh, I wonder if anything will change when it comes to localisation of Atlus’ games. At least they won’t be on a single platform since neither Ninty nor Sony bought Index.

    I just hope that Atlus can keep on making games as they always have and localise them.

  • talesoffan

    Persona 5 should have been out already. Hope this bodes well for the franchise.

    • Invisbin

      It was only truly confirmed two years ago.

  • DarthBrian

    Not sure if want. >_>

  • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

    Sega is better than other established IP. At least they have a good localization team and released risky games like Hatsune Miku Project Diva F. The interesting thing is that they work just like Atlus is in developing exclusive games for the PS3 and 3DS. I wouldn’t be surprised if current game franchises like Persona stays exclusive to Sony considering Yakuza has and it reaches a broader audience than Persona would.

    • Invisbin

      Phantasy Star. Enough said.

      • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

        There is always exceptions. Its not like we received all versions of Yakuza.

        • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

          or VC
          sega is a big fat shit

        • Arcana Gear

          Or shining series… my fear it’s that we dont get all Atlus games, like a a remake or a smaller game.

    • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

      -At least they have a good localization team and released risky games like Hatsune Miku Project Diva F.

      Sure about that? What about….this?

      http://www.pso2.com/us/

      • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

        Like I said or do you prefer someone like Square Enix? I am sorry but you were not going to get a western developer. That was never going to happen. Sega is the best possibility. There is no reason for Sega to cut off games that have been profitable.

        • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

          I’d actually prefer Bandai Namco. That way, they still remain independent and are allowed to do their own thing and don’t have to deal with crappy management that the “Sega Dream” is going to.

          Guess it wasn’t in the cards for a positive result.

          • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

            I am still waiting on those Tales games on the Vita to get a Stateside release.

  • bloodiOS

    Sega, a third party publisher acquiring Index (which of course, includes Atlus) is a good thing, as it does not limit accessibility of games to specific platforms. Sega of Japan is also capable of releasing many high quality games and certainly know what they’re doing, so working with them is undoubtedly a great opportunity. However, what does this mean for localization? Is it still possible for games developed by Atlus to be localized and published under the guidance of Atlus USA or will everything fall under Sega of America’s shittiness?

    • Raoni Marques

      If the games are bound to make a lot of money, I don’t think we’ll ever have problems with localization.

    • Arcana Gear

      well they will have more localizers now…. BUT sega already has stated many times that they dont have the intention of bringing games that sont turn on profit…. so only time will tell.

    • Heisst

      weep weep

  • Sitrus

    A lot better than if Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft aquired it. At least they won’t be platform excusive. The problem is their localization history, which has… certain flaws.

  • echokanon

    I am worried what would happen to smaller IP like Dept Heaven

    • Arcana Gear

      Dept heaven isn’t from Atlus it’s from Sting ;D atlus only localized it.

      • echokanon

        While Dept Heaven’s rights are under Sting, I believe they might have some sort of contract or agreement that Atlus would be handling the sales of most of their titles.

        Starting from few years back, all their titles (Unions, Hexyz Force, Gungnir) were all published by Atlus even in Japan

  • Rohman Aditya ‘Zamboze’ Dharma

    hmm,,, so Atlus has been bought by Sega-Sammy,,, they should have new name for mergered company,
    how about ASS (Atlus-Sega-Sammy) ?

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    No! Why?? Why????? Tsk…

  • LordKaiser

    How the hell they won over J-Trust? Idk I don’t trust SEGA as they neglect the west all the time. Atlus is done for if SEGA begins to dictate what Atlus does.

  • kiri25

    I’m trying to figure out why so many ppl hate that sega now owns atlus? This seems so much like the over the top reaction to the Ben is Batman news.

    I for one just dont see whats so bad about this?? I’m really what Sega game did we not get that has caused sooo much hate for Sega? Not to mention Sega has brought over one of the greatest RPG this gen (looking at you Valkyira Chronicles) a unique but extremely fun tri-ace RPG (Resonance of Fate), Yakuza 3, 4 and dead souls, and of course lets not forget the one game no one saw coming Project diva F.

    As far as i can tell the only games that seem to have made ppl worried is VC3 yakuza and phantasy star maybe? Tho it suck we nvr got VC3 or type-0 i understand why. Handlhelds are far more popular in japan and cheaper to dev. for and thus can bring in greater sums of profit. The west on the other hand is more focused on consoles hence the reason why sega and square have robbed us of these great games b/c well sadly sells figures have shown them no profit for psp titles in the west.

    Yakuza is still out there we could still see a US release of 5, but i doubt we’ll see the 1/2 HD ver. in the west. As for Phantasy Star Idk it just seems to be title ppl r focused on tho i will admit i could see ppl worring about the voice acting if Sega were to cast the horrible cast of VA’s for Phantasy Star Universe again.

    Anyway i guess i’m just trying to figure out what game aside from VC3 and the few missing Yakuza games that we’ve yet to get has caused ppl to believe we wont see Atlus games in the west now?.

    • 罪罰

      My guesses are PSP games, the PSP was dead in the West way before VC3 was released. It just didn’t made sense financially for them bring it but some people are extremely stubborn to deem them as a horrible publisher. You’re right, they tried bringing games like those to the West, and it hurt them but now they bring Hatsune Miku. SEGA is just oppressed by media and the community these days, it’s not easy for them.

    • LordKaiser

      Yup that last one paragraph you wrote and also that SEGA don’t seem to have a good attitude about the west and the last thing I do is having a anti-gaijin company take control of a pro-gaijin company.

      Where’s is the Western PSO2? Why SEGA want to give us a different version of PSO2?

    • sockem

      They skipped like 4 shining series games also.

      • Chestnut Bowl

        Which wouldn’t have happened if people here actually BOUGHT them.

    • Kobracon

      Well what happened with Sonic and their horrible treatment with Platinum Games are sadly worrying things that the same might happen to Atlus. Indeed this is a Slippery Slope fallacy but with so much evidence backing it, its hard not to feel at least a little worried…

  • EX+

    There’s some good and bad here. The bad being that Sega might stop frequent localisations. The good being that we could get some Kickass crossovers. Yakuza X Persona!! Also, we’ll see better games from Atlus, due to more financial stability from Sega. So the only bad thing I see might not even happen. All and all this is a good thing.

  • Rogerrmark

    Besides Persona,every Atlus series looks condemned…SEGA didnt care for 7th Dragon,its not
    like it will start caring for Etrian Odyssey now.

  • LordKaiser

    List of some games that SEGA never released in the west:

    Phantasy Star Generations 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iV3yzYYlqc

    Phantasy Star Generations 2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpepE1tdbKc

    Phantasy Star Portable Infinity

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjXX9nj5Y80

    A few quests from the 1rst PSO I heard

    Valkyria Chronicles 3 (Not to mention that they moved the series from PS3 to PSP angering many.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQJUyzouaqA

    Shining Wind

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29BFg1g9hmk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z-0NaNeZMw

    Shining Hearts

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLS53TMFDsE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jO1fdQeVw0

    Shining Blade

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-bCoskySjw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZJ2WsqxgmY

    Shining Ark

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IoznnUZ07Y

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgM2H5J3KOQ

    Not to mention the legal fiasco trouble they had with youtube users uploading footage from Genesis era shining games.

  • Chestnut Bowl

    Well, better them than Nintendo. I’m hoping this doesn’t affect Atlus USA’s output of games.

  • LordKaiser

    On second tough someone told me on rpgamer that SEGA Sammy and SEGA Entertaiment are 2 different things and that SEGA Sammy is a holding company like Index so it’s likely that ATLUS retains it’s autonomy.

    • shogunknight

      Of course, Sega Sammy is the holding company for all things Sega just like how Index was to Atlus. Found this also:

      Here’s a summary of the relevant points:

      After thanking the customers for their support, and apologizing for the concern caused, Hiroaka-san explains that Atlus has a very good relationship with Sega and a considerable business synergy. By using Sega’s solid distribution network he expects the company to expand further.

      This new relationship will allow the two companies to complement each other’s niche in the consumer game business, and Sega’s Know-how will enhance Atlus’ brand.

      The continuity of Atlus’ business is considered to be in very good shape.

      At the moment all the employees of the consumer game department of the company are focusing on the development of future titles, and Atlus is looking forward to tackle new challenges in the future.

      Im happy Sega acquired atlus and Index holdings, since theyve always been helping in distributing some titles for Sega in japan. They may also be the answer to localization of some japanese titles of Sega

      • LordKaiser

        Things that I don’t want to happen:

        1- SEGA of America localizing ATLUS Games

        2- SEGA of Japan taking Atlus dev time to make games for SEGA delaying ATLUS own games.

        3- Game made by ATLUS staying in Japan because Sega Sammy decided it won’t sell.

        4- Westernization of Atlus games.

        5- Downsizing of ATLUS to lower employee quantity so SEGA SAMMY could earn more.

        Too many ways where this could end wrong.

  • Kobracon

    Siiigh….I…well….Theres still TGS. Sega or Atlus better announce something reassuring soon in there.

  • TheBlackRabbit

    Hey guys what do you think atlus will announce for the coming year? They have nothing on their site for the 2014 year yet, but im looking forward to it, ;3

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

    Hey I got my wish, long live SEGA Atlus. With confirmation that it’s business as usual, I’m all set for P5* (except the part where I haven’t finished Golden)

  • LordKaiser