BREAKING: Microsoft confirmed to be bidding for Atlus, has '$200 million'

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#1 Posted by Blabadon (33030 posts) -

Holy shit :shock:

The auction for popular Japanese publisher Atlus just got a little more interesting.

Recently, news broke that Index, Atlus' parent company, was filing for civil rehabilitation, a form of bankruptcy. Atlus is currently set for auction on July 28th with Nintendo as a rumored frontrunner. International Digital Times has reported that Nintendo has been "treating [Atlus] practically like an in-house studio. That may be because Atlus is about to become one." This would also look favorably for Nintendo's fledgling home console, the Wii U, which hit record lows in sales recently.

However, Microsoft's top shareholders have recently been receiving emails about Microsoft's plans on the auction. The plans were confirmed as of July 26th when Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive officer, told Wall Street Journal that they are set to bid on Atlus. Rumors are spreading that they have set "over $200 million dollars" aside for Atlus' auction. Though other companies have not revealed or have rumors on their price ranges (as one would think is common sense for an auction) nor has this statement been confirmed, this could be a tactical move on Microsoft's part in order to scare competitors off through rumors.

Currently, Index is looking for 15 billion yen in revenue from Atlus' sale, or around $152 million in US currency. If Microsoft is the leader in the auction by its end time, shock waves would be sent through the industry on the heavily Western-focused company taking a huge chunk of the Japanese market for themselves. Though Atlus has said that all current transactions and products will available for sale normally throughout the entire transaction, one can only wonder if the future will see atypical combinations like Persona 5 on the Xbox One.

We'll be updating this page with more news on the story, including the auction itself. Keep it here for the latest.

Wow, consider me shocked. I'm currently enjoying Persona 4 Golden a lot on the Vita and wanted to see Sony acquire them.

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#2 Posted by Badosh (12770 posts) -
OH GOD, do it MS. Fvcking do it.
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#3 Posted by Rattlesnake_8 (18452 posts) -
I don't really care who gets them.. but MS ruins developers so I hope they don't get them.
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#4 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

.......Why?

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#5 Posted by Chris_Williams (14882 posts) -

this must be their plan to win the east. 

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#6 Posted by Ghost120x (5224 posts) -
:cry:
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#7 Posted by XBOunity (3837 posts) -

what games have atlus made?   color me confused

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#8 Posted by dragonball3900 (8511 posts) -
This is the worst news for anyone who cares about Atlus.
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#9 Posted by foxhound_fox (96562 posts) -
Sony couldn't afford to buy Atlus. Both MS and Nintendo could. Nintendo is the only company who should. MS winning it would be hilarious though. They would be the Rare of the 2010's.
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#10 Posted by Mr-Kutaragi (2466 posts) -
I hope you are ban for this source link. You are worse than person who posts man taking crap picture.
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#12 Posted by Badosh (12770 posts) -
This is the worst news for anyone who cares about Atlus. dragonball3900
Never give up on Atlus. They won't let you down.
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#14 Posted by Chris_Williams (14882 posts) -

you motherf*cker, actually clink the link fellas

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#15 Posted by dragonball3900 (8511 posts) -
[QUOTE="dragonball3900"]This is the worst news for anyone who cares about Atlus. Badosh
Never give up on Atlus. They won't let you down.

Yeah Rare would never let you down either.
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#16 Posted by mems_1224 (56914 posts) -
Cows, protect your butts, the hurt it coming.
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#17 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

Cows, protect your butts, the hurt it coming. mems_1224

TC is trolling us bro.

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#18 Posted by MasterX666 (359 posts) -

Why?? So they can ruining their reputation??

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#19 Posted by Badosh (12770 posts) -
[QUOTE="Badosh"][QUOTE="dragonball3900"]This is the worst news for anyone who cares about Atlus. dragonball3900
Never give up on Atlus. They won't let you down.

Yeah Rare would never let you down either.

Come on, it's not like they're running around and deserting you. They aren't making you cry.
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#20 Posted by mems_1224 (56914 posts) -

[QUOTE="mems_1224"]Cows, protect your butts, the hurt it coming. crimsonman1245

TC is trolling us bro.

my statement stands
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#22 Posted by omho88 (3967 posts) -

And suddenly Atlus is the best company that's making JRPGs .. and even better, JRPGs are awesome .... of course in the eyes of lemmings.

Anyway, didn't play an Atlus game b4 so can't careless

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#23 Posted by GamingGod999 (3135 posts) -
[spoiler] Rick Rolled, again. :x [/spoiler]
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#24 Posted by BlessedChill (697 posts) -
[QUOTE="foxhound_fox"]Sony couldn't afford to buy Atlus. Both MS and Nintendo could. Nintendo is the only company who should. MS winning it would be hilarious though. They would be the Rare of the 2010's.

Nintendo is worth pebbles compared to both Sony and Microsoft
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#25 Posted by RR360DD (13643 posts) -

Pretty good experiement.

Just goes to show how many people flood a thread without ever checking the source, myself included :cool:

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#26 Posted by foxhound_fox (96562 posts) -
Brilliantly played.
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#27 Posted by mems_1224 (56914 posts) -

Pretty good experiement.

Just goes to show how many people flood a thread without ever checking the source, myself included :cool:

RR360DD
I usually never even read the first post. lol
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#28 Posted by Tessellation (8997 posts) -
what games do they have that are actually good?
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#30 Posted by omho88 (3967 posts) -
[QUOTE="RR360DD"]

Pretty good experiement.

Just goes to show how many people flood a thread without ever checking the source, myself included :cool:

mems_1224
I usually never even read the first post. lol

especially when it's a wall of text just how TC put it :?
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#31 Posted by XBOunity (3837 posts) -

TC needs to go outside and play or take a walk.

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#32 Posted by TheShadowLord07 (22867 posts) -

you got my hopes up tc. for shame.

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#33 Posted by Granny_Spanked (1341 posts) -
You sneaky bastard
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#34 Posted by BlessedChill (697 posts) -
what games do they have that are actually good? Tessellation
Lol jrpgs. Why would someone like playing a game with underage half naked girls.
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#35 Posted by Ghost120x (5224 posts) -
TC... I hate you.
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#36 Posted by metal_zombie (2288 posts) -

I don't really care who gets them.. but MS ruins developers so I hope they don't get them.Rattlesnake_8
next rare.....r.i.p. atlus

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#37 Posted by deeliman (3728 posts) -

Joke's on you, I actually like this song.

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#38 Posted by GD1551 (9645 posts) -

You can tell people don't actually try to check sources on here....

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#39 Posted by foxhound_fox (96562 posts) -
Blabadon's face right now:
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#40 Posted by foxhound_fox (96562 posts) -

Joke's on you, I actually like this song.

deeliman
So do I.
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#41 Posted by XBOunity (3837 posts) -

i clicked the link and now i have malware, thanks TC

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#42 Posted by Blabadon (33030 posts) -
[QUOTE="foxhound_fox"]Blabadon's face right now:

Damn it Vita, load the gif!
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#43 Posted by Yangire (8795 posts) -

I didn't know people still did this, are we back in 2005?

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#44 Posted by Davekeeh (4019 posts) -

LOL this is brilliant well done TC you made Lems cry

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#45 Posted by Badosh (12770 posts) -

i clicked the link and now i have malware, thanks TC

XBOunity
From youtube? Get outta here, lemshit.
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#46 Posted by Davekeeh (4019 posts) -

Cows, protect your butts, the hurt it coming. mems_1224

LOL

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#47 Posted by navyguy21 (14627 posts) -
This thread is proof that no one reads links and blindly posts away. Also proof of how easily misinformation spreads as fact.
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#48 Posted by jer_1 (7451 posts) -
Feel sorry for Atlus (and it's games) if this were actually true. Say goodbye to anything interesting from these guys...forever. :lol:
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#50 Posted by Davekeeh (4019 posts) -

Feel sorry for Atlus (and it's games) if this were true. Say goodbye to anything interesting from these guys...forever.jer_1

Yes that would be pretty horrible, Microsoft already ruined Rare and ensemble studios