After the deal that put Sega Sammy in control of Atlus-parent Index Holdings, Atlus states it has a great relationship with Sega.
Earlier this week Sega and Atlus confirmed that Sega Sammy had purchased Index Holdings. Many began to worry what this meant for Atlus and Atlus USA, the publishing arm responsible for localizing many Japanese titles. Naoto Hiraoka, Atlus president and CEO, wrote a statement to fans to ease any fears.
“The recent incident must have surprised and worried all of you dearly,” Hiraoka wrote. “For that, I would like to express my deepest apologies.” Hiraoka goes on to state that Atlus has nurtured a great relationship with Sega, and Sega is quite aware of Atlus’s brand.
Index Holdings filed for bankruptcy in June, and Atlus was likely to be bought by another company.
With Atlus confident that things will continue like usual, Sega will hopefully encourage Atlus to continue working on the JRPGs that have built up its brand. And hopefully Atlus USA will localize more games for its western audience. Hiraoka said they are now focusing on developing future titles and willing to “take on new challenges to further achieve growth and success.” He is optimistic about the deal with Sega Sammy as he believes Sega will be able to expand its business while Atlus continues to develop games.
Atlus is responsible for making many well-received JRPGs such as Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, and Catherine. The next Atlus USA game, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will launch for the 3DS on Oct. 1.
Source: Game Informer