Me gusta :D podría haber sido mucho peor, ahora espero que nos lleguen más y más juegazos de Atlus a nuestras tierras.Sega Sammy Holdings has acquired Index Corporation, the parent company of Shin Megami Tensei developer Atlus. It is now called Sega Dream Corporation.
UPDATE: Eurogamer reports that as of September 5, the part of Atlus parent company Index acquired by Sega is now called Sega Dream Corporation. The deal will be finalised on November 1. A Sega press release on the matter reads:
“The Company believes that transfer of Index’s operations to Sega will create synergies, on the grounds that the deal will enable the Company to (1) gain access to prominent IPs in the home video game software, through which the Company can expect to achieve steady flows of revenue; (2) expect further facilitation of 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 (3) 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.”
ORIGINAL STORY: A report published in Nikkei puts the value of the deal at ¥14 billion – about $141 million. The deal will be finalised in November.
According to Nikkei, Sega and Index have already begun preparing to transfer management of the latter company.
The details of the Japanese-language report have been corroborated by translations from Gematsu, Tiny Cartridge, Nintendo Everything and Kotaku.
Sega was listed as a potential buyer for Index Corp last month.
Atlus is best known in the west for the Persona series, but the Shin Megami Tensei franchise of which it is a part is a much larger property. As a developer, it’s also responsible for the Etrian Odyssey series, and it published many and varied titles in Japan. Its US publishing arm was also responsible for a number of western-developed games in addition to localisations like Demon’s Souls.
There are multiple Persona games in the works and it’s not clear how the acquisition would affect Atlus’s operations, although the US arm said it expects to continue business as usual for now.
Index Corp has a broad range of media interests beyond Atlus but ran into accounting trouble on top of poor financials, eventually flirting with bankruptcy.