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Four new Persona games announced, including Persona 5

24 Nov

Persona 5

Yep, that’s right, while you were sleeping Persona’s developer ATLUS announced four new games for the franchise! Starting with the long waited next installment of the main series Persona 5, to be released on PlayStation 3 next winter (so far) in Japan only. Here’s the very first teaser trailer.

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Atlus president comments on SEGA takeover

19 Sep

atlus sega

Yesterday we reported the big news about SEGA purchasing ATLUS after its recent bankrupt. Today Naoto Hiraoka, President and CEO of ATLUS, comment on the news with a press release. Here’s the full version:

Dear fans and customers,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your support of ATLUS products.

As announced Tuesday through various news channels, we are going to continue with our business operations as part of SEGA SAMMY HOLDINGS effective November 1, 2013.

As you may already know, Index Corporation filed for Civil Rehabilitation Proceedings in Japan on June 27 and since then, has been searching for a solution which would allow us to continue our business of making great games.

ATLUS has consistently received support and praise from our Faithful and our respected customers, and made great progress in recent years. So the recent incident must have surprised and worried all of you dearly. For that, I would like to express my deepest apologies.

We have nurtured a great relationship with SEGA Inc. for a long time, especially concerning our consumer games business in Japan. I believe the collaboration between the two companies at this time will be mutually beneficial for the following reasons:

Sega understands our drive to achieve quality and to expand awareness of the ATLUS brand.

Our respective strengths in game development complement each other well.

We are extremely happy to be able to continue with our business, and be able to report this good news to our fans and customers. Again, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported us.

Currently, we at the Consumer Software Division in Japan are focusing on developing future titles, and are willing to take on new challenges to further achieve growth and success.

Please stay tuned for future updates.

Naoto Hiraoka

President and CEO

Atlus now belongs to SEGA

18 Sep

sega atlusYou surely heard about the bankrupt of Index Corporation, owner of well know game developer Atlus, from last June. Till now the future of Persona developer has been uncertain, and players from all around the world worried about its acclaimed IPs.

Till now, because today SEGA-SAMMY Holding Inc. has concluded a business transfer agreement with Index Corporation for the purpose of revitalization of the business. Basically, SEGA just bought Atlus and all its IPs.

These are the reasons for SEGA to put its hands on the Japanese developer: to gain access to prominent IPs in the home video game software, through which the Company can expect to achieve steady flows of revenue; to help revenue growth for the PC Online Game Business and Content Business for Smart Devices operated by SEGA and SEGA Networks Co., Ltd. by exploiting acquired prominent IPs and to maximize the value of acquired IPs by effectively deploying them in the Pachislot and Pachinko Machines segment, Amusement Machine Sales and Amusement Center Operations segments.

Let’s just hope to still get all the finest Atlus’ games localised, and not just splashed inside boring pachinko slots.

The tentative due date of the acquisition is currently set for November 1, 2013. Bloomberg reported that the acquisition may be valued at about 14 billion yen ($141 million).

Here’s the full press release.