Sega looking to pick up Persona developer - Report

Twenty publishers lined up to bid on Atlus, says report, with deal aiming to be finalised by the end of the month.

Sega is one of twenty publishers interested in buying Atlus--the Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, and Trauma Center developer--according to a new Bloomberg report (via Gematsu).

The future of the cult Japanese developer remains unknown after its parent company Index Holdings, which acquired Atlus in 2006, filed for bankruptcy.

Sources close to Bloomberg have said the twenty potential candidates will be narrowed down as early as next week and to secure a buyer before the end of August.

The current top bid for the developer is reported to be as high as ¥20 billion ($203 million/£132 million) which is said to be five billion higher than Index Holdings expected.

It is not known which publisher is reportedly placing the high bid.

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beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

screw sega, im betting for Nintendo and Sony helll those idiots at Sega didnt even bother localizing phantasy star infinity and Valkyria chronicles 3 in the West lol

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Sega just doesn't seem like a good fit for Atlus in my opinion. But if they can keep Atlus alive and not meddle in their development process, then it's all good.

Uiltetwr
Uiltetwr

I'd say Sega has been suspiciously wise as of late by purchasing good franchises like company of heroes 2 and other things it has to make you wonder if they're building up a list of franchises for a comeback to the console... dreamcast 2

JRLennis
JRLennis

Who are the other bidding publishers?  The link is in Japanese and I can't read it...

soulless4now
soulless4now

Seems like an odd combination, but good for them if they manage to get the highest bid. 

ReiShingami1
ReiShingami1

Sega at least making games for every platform, so it's better than Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft.

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

I hope EA acquires Atlus

Veridical
Veridical

Ten bucks says Square Enix walks away with it.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

Im totally fine with sega, I like how they make a gameplay.

sorotsorot
sorotsorot

Zynga :  Personaville . Persona with friends.

SoulSnare
SoulSnare

please don't make this happen! 

91210user
91210user

The console games from Atlus were nice! Interesting that Sega does because Atlus has been supportive of making a game when the Dreamcast was around.  

Madjik2k2
Madjik2k2

NO.  Not Sega.  Even EA would be a better choice (That's not saying much, I know).  Sega was a good brand when I was a kid, but these days, there isn't much worth looking at, and I don't want to see Persona go down the toilet that way.  It deserves a better fate.

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

Nintendo are dead apart from handhelds, hope they do not get Atlus. Sega, all for it.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

keep it third party....i dont want it to get to a first party company

Sora278
Sora278

You know someone is a Persona fanboy when they call the makers of a bunch of series not to mention the actual series Shin Megami Tensei, as Persona developer.

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

I have no doubt SEGA would make a good partner with Atlus, look how much patience SEGA gave Gearbox for example, they went so long as to not release a bad game on Wii U where people were thirsting for a new game.

SEGA + Atlus, take gaming back to 90's glory.

widdowson91
widdowson91

It'd be cool if Nintendo picked up Atlus. And Sega. And Platinum Games. Actually, I think Nintendo should try and build the Wii U to be the epicentre of Japanese gaming. It really needs a shot in the arm at the moment.

jon_bone
jon_bone

Nintendo should pick of both of them along with Platinum.

Stardust7
Stardust7

Sega rocks and their games hardly disappoint.....GO SEGA !

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

i do not know what to make of this quite honestly....i love atlus. i love sega. But i do have the fear that sega does some bone headed shit and hurt atlus. 

its like having a hot wife and she runs into your hot mistress in the mall. 

ur hoping that maybe u can get a REAL hot threesome, but in reality, you kinda have the feeling that shit is about to get really real......

> wii u

Palsa
Palsa

@Uiltetwr Though I would absolutely love to see a DC2, I feel that it's highly unlikely as of now.

Vertente
Vertente

Sega x Nintendo = Best war ever! 

Sony x MS = Fireworks

Slagar
Slagar

@Uiltetwr I doubt it. Nice to dream though.

Even so, I think it would be a good combination, as I think Sega would understand and respect their style.
I remember hearing Company Of Heroes dev team say really positive things about working with Sega, but I just hope they were being truthful and not back-scratching PR. I do wonder what it would be like to work for/with Sega these days, as I know they've always had beauracracy problems in the past.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

@SoulSnare Why? What you blame SEGA for VC2 and Yakuza 4 not selling? It's the gamer's fault. They should have brought them.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

@Rajiv_psn  Except it isn't happening. Sony is NOT a bidder. And Index hasn't approached them at all.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

@Madjik2k2 Your post obviously is that of a kid. An uninformed person who's done no research. 

Bhemont
Bhemont

@Sora278 And that's bad, Kingdom Heart fanboy #100.345.580, because?

Slagar
Slagar

@WoodenStick The Company Of Heroes dev team also said they were very supportive, didn't interfere, and great to work with. I find that encouraging.

dariusq
dariusq

@jon_bone This is exactly the kind of thing Nintendo needs: exclusive content which fits with their Japanese heritage.

Sora278
Sora278

@Bhemont @Sora278 Oh and it is bad because Persona fanboys constantly piss and moan whenever a Shin Megami Tensei game is released that is not Persona 5.

Sora278
Sora278

@Bhemont @Sora278 Actually I am not that huge of a fan, I pretty much just ran out of usernames and still your argument is moronic since I never referred to Square Enix as the Kingdom Hearts developer so come back and try again.

Sora278
Sora278

@Bhemont Are you illiterate?  I already said that I gave up on looking for an unused username.  And yes my Avatar, it would not make much sense if I had a picture of Sephiroth or something now would it?

Bhemont
Bhemont

@Sora278 @Bhemont You have a license plate behind your name Sora, don't try to lecture others about fanboyism. 

Also, your avatar.