Sega dividing Index into two companies: Index and Atlus
posted on 02.17.14 at 10:50 PM EST by (@salromano)
A consumer game company and content and solutions business.

Sega Sammy Holdings and Index

Index Corporation, a subsidiary of Sega, will divide into two companies—Atlus and Index—on April 1, Sega announced.

At the same time, Index Digital Media, Inc.—Index Corporation’s overseas subsidiary—will change its name to Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

The purpose of this divide is to maximize the creation of synergies within Sega Sammy, as well as within each industry of the Sega Group. With the companies divided, Sega aims to further its growth and expedite new business development.

To sum things up, we have two companies:

  • Atlus (the splitting company whose name was changed from Index Corporation) – They’re in the business of game planning and development, and related industries. The company employs 121.
  • Index Coporation (the newly organized division) – They’re in the content and solutions business (content distribution, systems development, internet advertisements, etc.), and related industries. The company employs 166.

Yukio Sugino, the current Sega managing director and Index company director, will act as Atlus’ new representative. And Yasuhiko Hamada, the current Index representative director and executive vice president, will act as the new Index representative.

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  • Martian Wong

    So a number of those 121 individual are working on my Persona 5? They have my thanks.

    • Pyrofrost

      If 121 people work for Atlus, that means a portion of them are the maniax team, persona team, the atlus sound group, the team that makes etrian odyssey, team career, and etc.

      All of these teams are also working on separate projects atm:

      persona team: P5
      the team that makes etrian odyssey: PQ
      maniax team: unannounced project
      Team Career: Devil Survivor 2 Record break

      then there is:
      The Atlus Sound Group: they have their hands in every slice of the pie.

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Which team does mainline SMT? Maniax or Career? Because I haven’t really heard of those names/teams before.

        • Pyrofrost

          Maniax is an off-shoot of the SMT team (part of the same group, they work on SMT and Devil Summoner).

          Team Career is Career Soft that merged with Atlus. They are responsible for games like Langrisser, Growlanser, and Devil Survivor.

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            SMT team? You didn’t even mention that above. xD I though that is what they were, and it seems slightly familar. But Career nah. I haven’t even heard of Career Soft. o.o

            • Pyrofrost

              Team Maniax was coined with the development of the Maniax edition of SMTIII

              • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                Right. Makes sense. But still Career Soft?

                • Ash_Riot

                  Growlanser, Devil Survivor & Langrisser. In other words, Career Soft handles the SRPGs that Atlus makes.

                  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                    I know, he said that, but I hadn’t ever heard of them.

                    • Ash_Riot

                      Even Devil Survivor? It’s a fairly recent SMT spin-off. It’s like Persona meets mainline SMT, with SRPG tactics.

                    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                      I know of the games. The team/company is what I don’t know.

  • Dick Mountainjoy

    I thought there was an Atlus USA already?

    • Elvick

      That’s why this confuses me.

      • Pyrofrost

        Atlus USA was actually changed to Index Digital Media Inc.
        (look at the back of your P4G case)

        Sega is simply putting things back to what they originally were, before Index swallowed Atlus. They are separating Atlus and Index.

    • karmacoma

      Seems like publicly they were referred to as Atlus USA, but officially, internally, they were Index Digital Media. So they aren’t so much opening a new Atlus USA rather just changing their official name to reflect the separation between the business side and the creative side.

  • MrFinalgamer

    so…this is nice, i guess. maybe some of those 121 can work on a possible Nocturne HD, or P2 HD remake.
    also, maybe Sega can FINALLY use Atlus help localize their stuff

  • Duc PC-QB

    Atlus only has 166 empl ?
    Does the number include Vanillaware too ?
    How many ppl in this actually working on PQ, PDance and P5 ?

    • Gariya

      Atlus doesn’t own Vanillaware.

  • Red

    This is actually bad news. Worst part is there gunna divide them by april 1st. Since last year, by november, sega should already have had there act together. This is only gunna result in even longer delays for any announcements and developments. Devil survivor 2:break record and SMTxFire Emblem are prime examples.

    • MrFinalgamer

      TBH i doubt SMTxFE has any substantial dev time put into it. KH3 has probably more dev time put into it than SMTxFE

      • Red

        you right.

      • TalesOfBS

        SMTxFE is probably cancelled already.

        • totoro

          pls no

        • MrFinalgamer

          I don’t think so. I sure thought the Persona 3ds game was cancelled, yet its coming out this year, took them like 3 years, but still…

          • TalesOfBS

            Two companies working on it for more than a year and they still have nothing to show/tease?

            Also, one of them is Intelligent Systems, a Nintendo company and Fire Emblem main developer. They can’t just hide it under the carpet and work on something exactly at the moment when the wii u need more games and fast. And there was already one rumor last month about it being canceled…
            I’m not holding hopes on this game anymore.

            • Ash_Riot

              They’ve been working on Persona 5 for at least three years. Atlus are just better at not keeping their fans trailing along for such a long time with trailers that are shown too early, unlike some other companies.

              • TalesOfBS

                I’m talking about both companies here. Both working on the game for more than a year and no relevant progress to show? Not even a single word on it?
                This is exactly how Nintendo screwed up the sales of a lot of their own games. By not letting people know about them. Last time i checked the trailer page there were even people saying they thought that was a 3DS game.

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Besides it is being handled mainly by the FE devs.

  • PrinceHeir

    i don’t mind if projects get delayed tbh.

    this could be a good thing since it’s better to start sorting things out now, rather than wait for awhile.

  • icup ✔️

    do what you gotta do to bring out my catherine 2 #trurap

  • raulrain

    What will happen to the current Atlus USA?, because they do a wonderful job with the atlus games, and other games they publish (KOF13 anyone?), that is the BIG question that we should worry about, because they´re the people who gave us those excellent game localizations

    • Pyrofrost

      There is no Atlus USA right now, there is the NA branch of Index Digital Media Inc.

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        That we call Atlus USA. And has the Atlus domain.

        • Pyrofrost

          That’s in name alone, if you check the back of your games as far back as DeSu2 and Growlanser Wayfarer of Time, they are stamped Index Digital Media Inc.

          If I’m not mistaken, the last game with the Atlus USA stamp is Radiant Historia.

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            “That we call”

            • Pyrofrost

              I see, my apologies.

          • raulrain

            Even if they`re called Index Digital Media Inc. now, like Auragar said, that we call “Atlus USA”, and by the looks of it, we`re are going to keep calling them Atlus USA because it`s going to change to “Atlus USA”, so IDMI = Atlus USA, nothing to worry about for now

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

    I guess that’s fine, but… I really wish they would stop messing with this :/

  • Warboss Aohd

    does that mean Atlus gets all of Sega’s game franchises?

    does that mean we can FINALLY get a new Shining Force game like the older ones (Dungeon Crawling and Strategy.)?

    • $1392518

      I hope so. Im praying that the rumor about Atlus localizing Yakuza5 is a real thing

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Probably not. Get over it.

    • Pyrofrost

      All they are doing here is dividing Atlus and Index as they were before the Atlus/Index merger.

    • Anime10121

      Sega said in the beginning that they’d allow Atlus to use any of their I.p’s. Now I can’t remember if they specified “only dormant” ones or not, but they definitely have no qualms with Atlus using their stuff.

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Yah… but we have seen how that is working out.

        • Anime10121

          What do ya mean? Sega’s only had Atlus a few months now, and Atlus is already knee deep in their own projects. So even if they WANTED to take on one of Sega’s franchises, they likely wouldn’t have the manpower available until at the least Persona 5 was done.

          Now as far as their localization staff goes, they are still working on a bunch for Vita and the like, plus there’s thatrumor that they are localizing Yakuza 5 (which won’t be confirmed I’m sure until much later when they are ready to confirm it)…

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            I meant localizations, I realize they are busy with their own fantastic projects. As for localizing though… besides Conception II and god willing DeSu2BR and hopefully PQ there is not anything they are working on. So they have every opportunity should they want to, but they don’t. And no they aren’t working on Yakuza 5 seriously that was a stupid rumour.

    • Articuno76

      Wow, I’d never thought of linking Shining Force and Atlus. Sounds like it would be a good match though.

  • Budgiecat

    Yeah yeah great great….just localize Yakuza 5 & Ishin & HD collection as well as announce Shenmue HD collection and a PS4 Shenmue III, make a VC HD collection, Skies of Arcadia HD & a sequel, localize PSO2, Hokuto no Ken fighting game and announce VF6 already….

    • PrinceHeir

      Yakuza 5 and HD Collection needs a priority.

      Ishin can wait since it’s still relatively new.

      and Phantasy Star Online is WAAAAAAY overdue.

      they either have to convince Sega to make a new Version or new Phantasy Star game that is simultaneous or at least closer to the JPN release.

      because the west is really WAAAAAY behind with the new Episode 2 content that was just released.

      oh and please include a console version, PS3 or PS4 would suffice.

      just look at Final Fantasy XIV ARR, that’s how you support an MMORPG, supporting BOTH east and west at the same time.

      Valkyria Chronicls HD Collection would be amazing, same with Skies of Arcadia.

      and i’m fucking disappointed that they didn’t announced VF6 game on it’s 20th Anniversary last december!!!

      instead we only got an announcement that Akira would be the final boss on the Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax game.

    • Budgiecat

      Who the hell downvoted this?? Tetsuya was it you?

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

        Why would I have downvoted that, you paranoid cat?

        • Budgiecat

          Well find out who did it!!

          I’m scared….

          • Kobracon

            Just coz you said that, that one’s from me >:D

            • Budgiecat

              whyyyyyy

    • MrFinalgamer

      This company is sitting in a goldmine of IPs, yet they only use sonic and …i guess yakuza too but we still haven’t gotten yakuza 5!
      You can add a new jet set radio to the list too

      • EX+

        They use Sonic extremely poorly.

      • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

        They aren’t localizing any of it because nothing would sell.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          It would, just not well enough for them.

        • Ash_Riot

          Nonsense.

          • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

            Yes, I’m sure you have more insight into this than market analysts who get paid to do it. They’re not localizing those games just to fuck with you, not because they think there’s no money to be made with them.

            • Ash_Riot

              Hey, you’re the one pulling it out of thin air like you know the financials on all of those series the guy listed. They’re niche games anyway, it isn’t like they should be compared to Sonic, or anything. If flipping Square-Enix can release Drakengard 3(!) and Tecmo Koei can release Deception on both PSVita and PS3(!) then there’s absolutely no reason SEGA can’t throw a bone to AT LEAST one of those series.

              SEGA are a joke of a company nowadays.

              • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

                If there was money to be made, they would be doing it. They’re businesses, not your friends who want to do you a favor by localizing your favorite series.

            • Budgiecat

              You’re out of your mind you know that. You’re coocoo! And not for Coco Puffs!
              What the hell is Sega publishing in the West these days anyway besides Sonic Sonic Sonic; most of which aren’t even that good? what …..Aliens Colonel Marines??? Buwahahah.

              Their 2014 NA lineup so far consists of 2 game: Aliens Isolation and Sonic “Boom” (which looks like crap).
              What kind of pathetic lineup is that??

              Lets take a look at what they publishes in the West last year hmm?:

              Sonic Dash (crappy free shovelware p2w iOS game)
              Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing (iOS)
              Sonic the Hedgehog (iOS)
              Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed (PC)
              Sonic: Lost World (Wii U/3DS)
              3D Sonic the Hedgehog (3DS eShop $5)
              Sonic the Hedghog 4 ep I & II (OUYA)
              3D Ecco the Dolphin (3DS eShop $5)
              3D Super Hang On (3DS eShop $5)
              3D Shinobi (3DS eShop $5)
              3D Galaxy Force II (3DS eShop $5)
              3D Juuoki (3DS)
              Football Manager 2014(iOS / PC)
              Football Manager 2013 (iOS)
              Afterburner Climax (iOS)
              Kingdom Conquest II (iOS/Android)
              Zaxxon Escape (iOS)
              Company of Heroes 2 Stalingrad (PC)
              Typing of the Dead Overkill (PC)
              The Cave (iOS, PSN.XBLA,Wii U, Mac, PC)
              GO DANCE (iOS)
              Total War Rome II (PC)
              Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition (PC)
              Puzzle Pirates (iOS)
              Company of Heroes 2 (PC)
              Gods Rule: War of Mortals (iOS)
              Disney Castle of Illusion ($14 PSN/XBLA)
              Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (PS3)

              Wtf kind of pathetic list is that?? Mostly iOS ports and shovelware and PC games. Only three PS3 games and one Wii U game. Pathetic! How does Sega expect to make money like that in place of what I listed? Bring over the games people actually want, not this crap!

              • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

                iOS shovelware makes the money these days. Puzzle and Dragons makes $3m every day, good luck finding a traditional game that can keep up with that.

    • EX+

      That’s quite a list dude. Lol

    • http://junpeijump.tumblr.com/ タイガー&ドラゴン

      All of this, but I have low faith in SEGA to let any of that happen, I imported and beat 5, and I have Ishin on order because I simply don’t see it happening.

    • http://shinsua.tumblr.com/ Shinsua

      Quiet, cat.

  • OverlordZetta

    >April 1

    • krokounleashed

      That’s when the new fiscal year starts.

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        April Fool’s

        • krokounleashed

          Uhm…

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            That is why he mentioned it. That is April Fool’s Day. Though I think it is only celebrated by groups of people and not a government sanctioned bullshit day.

            • krokounleashed

              hey maybe you get behind this for yourself, so I leave it at this.

              • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                What?

  • Dick Mountainjoy

    I wonder why they don’t just axe the Index name, isn’t it kind of a symbol of corruption now?

  • RSene

    So, that means Atlus will report direct to Sega now. Before that they were reporting to Index that report to Sega.. is that right?

    • Pyrofrost

      Well, they will report to Sega, as they are the owners now.

      However, they aren’t going to become Sega. They are simply a subsidiary of Sega and will be ran as such. So business for Atlus will pretty much continue as usual, except more effective. What this is doing is separating Index and Atlus from each other.

      Unlike what Index did, where they actually made Atlus part of themselves; but kept the Atlus name more for brand familiarity.

  • EX+

    Ok, so Atlus’ business will continue as usual. Cool.
    Now, where’s the P5 news?

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      Same place SMTxFE info is.

  • Rikimaru

    I don’t get whats happening, anybody care to explain???

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      For us. Nothing really. For the business, separation and hopefully better/easier management.

  • Kobracon

    This….seems like a good decision. Get Atlus far away from Index.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      lol Index hasn’t ever really done anything to them?

    • 罪罰

      Index did nothing.

      • Kobracon

        Well not directly, but aren’t they responsible for losing their money and having the need to be bought by Sega Sammy in the first place?

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

    Long live Atlus!
    P.S. Valkyria Chronicles 4 by Atlus would be cool…

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      Would be.. but it will not happen.

  • shogunknight

    Nice, hopefully we see more localization of titles and more Megaten series if possible. Im more concerned about the Index division, whats Sega planning hmm?

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      We will get all Atlus localizations still, don’t expect them to localize Sega games for them though. And Megaten is constantly getting new games. DeSu2BR, SMTxFE (Intelligent Systems), P5, PQ, P4AU (ArcSys Works), P4D (Dingo Inc.), at least, are all currently being worked on in some fashion. So I see no worries there. As for Sega’s plans for Index, who really cares? Index never really did much except I think the animes which nobody really cared for, and probably some merchandise but again who really cares.

  • http://junpeijump.tumblr.com/ タイガー&ドラゴン

    Index didn’t stop Atlus from doing anything, I hope SEGA and it’s inability to localise and support games doesn’t get pushed on Atlus.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      It won’t.

    • 罪罰

      it’ll be the other way around.

  • Ash_Riot

    I wish Sting would partner up with Atlus again…I miss their games and don’t think they fit well with Idea Factory…