Atlus parent company: 'The Atlus brand will carry on'

The developer's plans for action game Dragon's Crown and Persona OST music concert are unaffected.

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Despite Atlus' parent company Index Holdings being in dire financial straits, the Japanese company's headquarters has stated that it's business as usual.

Atlus Japan will still release its brand of games as usual, despite its parent company's financial problems.

Atlus Japan said on its official website and Twitter account (via Kotaku) that the creation and sale of its games, including Shin Megami Tensei IV, will proceed. The company also confirmed that it will be releasing the PS3 and PS Vita action game Dragon's Crown on July 25 in Japan as intended.

The upcoming Persona Music FES 2013 concert, which will feature tunes from the recent Persona RPGs will still be going ahead, and will take place at the Nippon Budokan. Atlus US confirmed that it is "unaffected" by Index Holding's financial troubles.

Discussion

100 comments
AlexFili
AlexFili

Great, who are we going to rely on now for Japanese->English publishers? Sony?

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

It better remain; Atlus is an awesome company! I'd hate for them to go down. If it gets that bad they better just Atlus to company that can take them under their wing (like Sony or something). 

I don't want to ever see an awesome small Japanese dev go under, like Cing (makers of Hotel Dusk and The Last Window, to name a few)....:(

(I still believe Nintendo should've stepped in to save them)

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

Keep making RPGs that put the FF series to shame and you will always be awesome.

Geowil
Geowil

Hope they get P5 out before anything can hit a fan (best laid plans of mice and men and all that).  Frankly I would trust no one but Atlus with the Persona franchise.  If they end up getting sold off it better be to Sony; do not want to see another "Rare" situation.

Gargus
Gargus

Im glad, I love atlus, they are one of the few game publishers that I respect and like their products. They bring me games I might otherwise ever be able to play, and they give customers nice bonus items for no additional price for like first wave releases and they are rarely ever expensive.

I like xseed and nis a lot also but atlus is my favorite for that kind of publisher.

blackace
blackace

Glad it doesn't affect any of the U.S. games. I'm about to preorder Dragon's Crown today.

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

I really like Atlus games. Much better than many generic titles flooding the market.

haze_blaze
haze_blaze

I hope Atlus doesn't go under! They have been one of the true gems of gaming for the last two gens.

Klyern
Klyern

the parent company must be sucking into Atlus's earnings to stay afloat, this is bad, if this keeps on going on then Atlus might seize to exist in 4 years.

chubbyfresh
chubbyfresh

new Trauma Center please new owners of Atlus

davynian
davynian

they need a remake of thousand arms. that would be sweeeeet. hell even a more fps version of trap gunner would be luv for me.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Make another game that was as fun to play as Catherine and you can have my money. 

santinegrete
santinegrete

Note: purchase Dragons Crown as soon as possible to support this company.

nini200
nini200

Either Sony or Nintendo should pick up Atlus.  The company would do best on either one of those two.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Why do I have this funny feeling Atlus is about to be purchased for a large, undisclosed amount of cash.

By Sony, perhaps?  Makes the most sense.

BFKZ
BFKZ

give us a new installment on consoles and watch the money roll in.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

Everyone is waiting for Persona 5 and there has been no concrete news on it. The director involved on some of the previous games in the series confirmed  that development has begun but that it was many years away from completion. This was a few years ago and still no news. Not even a screenshot. Considering Persona 4 was released very late in the PS2 life cycle, I'd expect to see the same thing happen with Persona 5. I'm pretty certain they will go with the same engine that was used for Catherine since it is the same team that developed it. I have a feeling Persona 5 will be released on PS3 and Vita sometime in 2014.

Madjik2k2
Madjik2k2

@Geowil I'm not so sure P5 is even still on the table sadly.  Not one word about it since it was initially confirmed to be in production.  Will be sad beyond words if Persona disappears. 

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@Geowil I hear ya man, Atlus brought me Demon's Souls; and if they do end up somewhere, I think Sony is the right fit... Maybe I'm just being selfish though :)

simplesurf7
simplesurf7

@davynian How could I forget  Trap Gunner! One of the few PSX games  I refused to sell off. Atlus really is/has been behind some of the best games out there.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@WantYouBad I'm not sure who has the rights to the Ogre Battle franchise anymore. Square Enix published the PSP remake of Tactics Ogre. Does that mean they have full control of it now? I have no idea what the situation is with that. What I do know is, the director behind both games, Yasumi Matsuno, is now at Level 5. The series wouldn't be the same without him working on it.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@nini200 seeing as how most games from atlus are either sony centric or exclusive i think sony is the way to go with atlus.  they could be the rpg/niche genre studio for sony... imagine if atlus had the financial backing that nd or qd have.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@PixelAddict It would make sense indeed. 9 out of 10 games are released only on Sony console. In fact, any other atlus game was released on X360 appart from Catherine?

Orga777
Orga777

@PixelAddict 

It would be a good fit. Maybe then there will be a few more awesome games released on the Vita to make me want to buy it... <.<

mastertsword21
mastertsword21

@Xristophoros  thats when your mistaken they'll most likely release it for ps4 before considering a ps vita port including be patient the games was in development for three and a half years info of the game comes every full moon thats why i like atlus compared to other game companys there main stream games are much more well polish then any other game i've played

dom28
dom28

@Xristophoros Honestly with this long wait we've had so far I'd want them to release it on ps4. Would be a waste to put an amazing game like that on last gen.

hammertime1080
hammertime1080

@M3o5nster @Geowil Atlus only published Demon Souls.  The series is developed by From Software.  A very underrated Japanese developer IMO

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Xristophoros @WantYouBad I just want a true successor to Ogre Battle 64. The other one was good for a FF Tactics style game, but I want another that is like Ogre Battle 64.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@WantYouBad  man, I could take your note seriously if this was a CoD article. But is a publisher that releases great niche games. Don't be pretentious.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Warlord_Irochi Catherine, Persona, Demon's Souls... they all just SCREAMED Playstation.

Very much PS2-style games, those.  Hamster Paradise, not so much.  But I suppose that's the 1 of 10 you're talking about!

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@dom28 I somewhat agree with you. But when you consider how much larger the budget would need to be, as well as all the additional resources required to put it in on the PS4, I don't think it would be viable for a relatively small development team to manage. Most JRPGS have a much smaller budget to play with in comparison to Western RPGS. This is the main reason why most JRPGS these days are now found on handhelds such as the PSP and 3DS. To be honest, this generation of JRPGS (on PS3) has been really weak in comparison to the PS2 and PSX eras, so it would be nice to see something like Persona 5 be released on PS3. Aside from Ni no Kuni, Valkryia Chronicles and Dark Souls, I haven't been interested in anything else in the genre. PS3 still has a lot of life left in it so it doesn't bother me if it stays current gen. 

hammertime1080
hammertime1080

@M3o5nster @hammertime1080 @Geowil Oh I see.  When you put it like that then yeah.  But yeah Armored Core and Tenchu are actually two of my favorite series. I'm glad they were able to get some commercial success through the Souls series.  They definitely are ballsy enough to cater to hardcore gamers only.  Not like the rest of these reformist cowardly companies.  Yeah I'm talking about you Squenix.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@hammertime1080 @M3o5nster @Geowil Yes, but Sony didn't want to publish it in America, so Atlus indeed "brought me" Demon's Souls. From Software is also behind Armored Core, even though it isn't as successful as it used to be, I still enjoyed that franchise on PS1.

I agree they were underrated, but Dark Souls was such a big hit, I think they're pretty well known now. Sony even said they made a mistake not snatching up exclusive rights to the Souls franchise when Demon's Souls came out.

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

@WantYouBad Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together came out before Final Fantasy Tactics. So FF Tactics was a good Tactics Ogre style game.

I would much rather see a game that play like March of the Black Queen, Tales of the Zenobian Prince, or Person of Lordly Caliber though. There are enough tactics games without another Let Us Cling Together or Knights of Lodis, although the remake was nice. .

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Thanatos2k @WantYouBad @santinegrete You do know that is subjective. And I am merely stating that your comment is such a dangerous way to act, given the mindset of the industry today, not to mention Capitalism.