Sega confirms Atlus acquisition

Persona dev bought from Index Corporation for a reported $140 million

Sega has finalised a deal to acquire Atlus from its struggling parent company, the Index Corporation.

Sega has acted as distributor for Index since August last year, and registered its interest in acquiring Atlus when the company filed for bankruptcy in June.

Sega was reportedly one of 20 bidders for Atlus, and Index was initially expecting to sell for ¥15 billion. The official figure paid was not offered by Sega, but the Nikkei, an influential Japanese business daily, has reported that the deal is worth ¥14 billion ($140m/£88m).

In the official filing confirming the acquisition, Sega mentions Atlus' Megami tensei, Persona and Etrian Odyssey IPs as crucial assets. It also mentions the possibility that the new IP - all console and handheld franchises first and foremost - will be used to create content for mobile devices.

The sale of Atlus is not indicative of the performance of the studio's products. Indeed, it was one of the few profitable assets owned by the Index Corporation.

Thanks, Gematsu.

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Robert B. Healy III Mercenary for Hire 8 years ago
Oh, no...
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee8 years ago
I wasn't surprised at all to be honest. Ever since they were reported as a suitor I saw SEGA as the top candidate for an acquisition.
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Francisco Javier QA Engineering & Coordination, Saber Interactive Spain8 years ago
Now Nintendo! Go and buy Sega, It's a 2x1 promo! hehe.

I'm a bit of surprised, but at the same time quite happy. Sega will take good care of Atlus as they know this bussines.

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Eric Leisy VR Production Designer, Nike8 years ago
Im a fan of SEGA's games as well - glad they picked up Atlus.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd8 years ago
My fear is that far fewer Atlus games will be localized. SEGA does not have the most stellar record in this department.
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