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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.

Help to revive Retronauts on Kickstarter

24 Mar

retronauts podcast kickstarter

After the umpleasant shut down of 1UP last month, the retro games podcast Retronauts found itself without a home or any money to keep going, and that’s a shame because it was a fucking good podcast, one of the best out there.

Obviously its hosts have immediately started a Kickstarter project to revive the classic games podcast. They’d like to produce an entire year of new Retronauts episodes, released semi-monthly (that’s twice a month) with three regular hosts and a rotating fourth chair. All told, if this Kickstarter reaches its minimum amount, they’ll give us 26 new episodes to dig into, with the possibility of more on the way. But, with the help of some extra fundage, they’d like to do a hell of a lot more than that.

Those are the words from Retronauts guys asking for your money:

“Over the course of 160 episodes, the Retronauts podcast has delved into the history of your favorite titles, interviewed legendary developers, and explored the many strange tangents that exist within the realm of classic gaming. Since 2006, we’ve made a habit out of talking way too much about the intricacies and oddities of video game history.

But now that its benefactor has gone kaput, Retronauts as we know it is without a home — and its various contributors are without the platform they’ve used to educate and entertain these past seven years. That’s where you come in. We’d like to keep Retronauts going for at least another year, but we’re in need of the equipment and resources necessary to produce the quality podcast you’ve come to expect. Sure, we could always use Skype, but nothing beats the intimacy of four people in a tiny room screaming at each other about Milon’s Secret Castle.”

So if you’ve enjoyed their podcasts in the past (as we did) give them some money on their Kickstarter project!

Team THQ UK is still tweeting from the grave

19 Feb

THQ UK twitter

You all know what happened to THQ. If you don’t, let’s sum up just saying that it went bankrupt, closing down and selling all its IPs and studios to other software house all around the world.

But we’re quite happy to see that something is still alive (kinda). Indeed, the THQ UK twitter account is still online, tweeting about stuff. They’re quite self-ironic, talking about themselves as a ghost team. Keep it up guys.

We don’t know until this thing will last, but if you want you can follow them here.