Atlus is No More


Atlus, the company behind the Persona and Megami Tensei series, is to be dissolved due to its ongoing financial problems.

Atlus, a 100% owned subsidiary of Index Holdings, will henceforth be dissolved and its assets transferred to Index Holdings.

However, it has also been announced that future game releases by the consolidated company will continue to use the “Atlus” brand where appropriate – its history as a distinct entity is at an end though.


Index Holdings itself is better known for the usual execrable mobile phone and “social” games, and it is also the parent company of anime studio Madhouse. Although the merger is supposed to provide Atlus access to these “fortes,” it seems unlikely fans of major Atlus titles will find anything to look forward to in these competencies.

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    Avatar of Pertamax
    Comment by Pertamax
    03:51 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i hope any future company which hold the franchise will give their best to the titles. Shin megami tensei is a good game.

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    Comment by CowExtract
    04:49 31/08/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This is the first article on this site to ever make my stomach feel bad. It almost felt like I was just told that a close relative just died... :(

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    Comment by Satonaka
    06:57 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Same here, as soon as i read the article title off to the right i was saying to myself slowly: "what the $#%^. . ."

    Damn man... this just sucks.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    04:12 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately, game making has a thin profit margin these days...

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    Comment by Schrobby
    07:23 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Atlus can use Madhouse, but vice versa as well. I'd love to see the games animated. It would provide a nice synergy effect for new games as well.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    15:12 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can't help but say...To Atlus no Index...

    *sighs sadly*

    All kidding aside, this made me feel very sad knowing the people who made games I love like Sky Gunners and the Persona/Shin Megami Tensei Series have this tragic fate...

    But I hope they will continue with the same awesomeness they put in their future games despite this...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    unless your blizzard. (Captain Obvious signing off.)

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    Comment by Tidus
    07:13 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    04:12 yeah and pirating games really helps the company

    Avatar of Azure Xuchilbara
    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    15:13 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't help but say...To Atlus no Index...

    *sighs sadly*

    All kidding aside, this made me feel very sad knowing the people who made games I love like Sky Gunners and the Persona/Shin Megami Tensei Series have this tragic fate...

    But I hope they will continue with the same awesomeness they put in their future games despite this...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    04:29 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm guessing you're referring mostly to PC platform games? So true....

    Avatar of Darkrockslizer
    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    05:34 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The contents of this article affirm that it is not a problem exclusive for a single platform...

    Avatar of toyNN
    Comment by toyNN
    04:51 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's so true...but it does amaze me how much $¥ a successful game does bring in...just that they cost so much to make. And for every one that is successful there are probably 2 or 3 costly failures.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    05:57 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    From Atlus to Index Group?

    Can't get a harder downgrade from catchy game company name to one of the least catchiest.

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    05:25 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, hope some large videogame developer/publisher would buy Atlus out like what Square Enix did to Eidos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, and then we are back to some really crappy generic localizations. At least Atlus DID realize that the only ones that played their games were otakus and respected that.
    If someone would buy Atlus, I hope it is Konami, and I don't trust it too much either, to be honest...

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    Comment by Thage
    06:52 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sega buys Nippon Ichi, Atlus, Gust and Idea Factory.
    PROFIT... or not really...

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    Comment by CowExtract
    08:48 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dear God no!

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    12:20 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Sega did buy Atlus, Nippon Ichi and the rest, then they'd be in deeper shit. While the developers DO make great games, many of Sega's decisions regarding IPs and company managing have abyssmal in quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they deserve it after puuting out crap like persona 3. lol. NO TOWNZS!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...Somebody please tell me this is a fucking joke.

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    Comment by Koyoto_Shadow
    10:52 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man...I was really excited about Catherine and Persona 5 in the works...I'm hoping the game is still produced as scheduled, and only the name behind the funding changes...

    It's interesting that producers of some of the best games find themselves in the most dire of financial straits...or even collapse. Atlus may not have had a list of AAA-selling games, but their production is far more than comparable to other developers...

    I begin to wonder if this is less "Atlus will dissappear" than "Atlus will be absorbed by greater powers that be", as it has been happening to alot of developers lately. First it was the extremely high cost of production for this generation that was pushing developers together, perhaps now it's the economy?


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    interesting cause i'm on there mailing list and they haven't said jack

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    11:22 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they didn't make making a game so pricy they wouldn't have been hit this bad. Damnit I hope SMT will be ok.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:05 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NO! Crap! Atlus created, translated, and ported my favorite games!

    Avatar of Kai
    Comment by Kai
    13:51 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atlus USA just translated your favorite games and published it in the US, Altus created and ported your favorite games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With all of those craptacular strategy RPGs they've pumped out in the last 5 years, it's no wonder they went belly up.

    Avatar of Abel Liegod
    Comment by Abel Liegod
    07:37 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OH MAN, CAN'T BELIEVE THIS......*heart attack*

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So...what does this mean for Catherine?
    And what about Persona 5?
    Damn it, the best things are always the first to go...

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ultimately it doesn't affect anything. more corporate shuffling really. games will still be made.

    Avatar of Abel Liegod
    Comment by Abel Liegod
    07:44 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe my generations of games are dying...
    Hironobu Sakaguchi don't do Final Fantasy anymore, and now Atlus go like this.
    If i wasnt a man i would cry...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:45 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because he formed Mistwalker and their two traditional JRPG games were sales flops. The Last Story looks pretty good, thou it's on the underpowered Wii.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's being merged, nothing bad is happening to atlus, you won't lose your waifu games.
    Sensationalistcomplex indeed.

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    Comment by JRPGmaster
    11:31 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This kinda sucks, but merger!=death.

    Atlus is definitely the best publisher in the US IMO. Let's just hope they keep pumping out great titles from Japan, because there's almost 0 other US companies doing it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gotta love the Sankaku spin on this story. I mean really.

    Avatar of Kai
    Comment by Kai
    13:50 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not spin, Atlus as we currently know it is no more. Like the article said Atlus will be absorbed into the parent company and will continue to make games.

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    Comment by dante0397
    08:34 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Directly from a site admin of atlus USA forums, "This is what Red and I are saying, over and over. Atlus is not becoming a mobile games company. The original story doesn't even say that. This is purely a corporate maneuvering so that Index, which is a mobile games company, has easier access to Atlus IPs. That's all."

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're fucked.

    They have incompetent management in the parent company.

    I hope I wasn't the only person who noticed that the diagram made no sense what-so-ever, other than the ATLUS name being crossed out.

    I (unfortunately) have sat through PowerPoint presentations like this before.

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    I was the one who crossed it out.

    They actually own an even more bizarre array of companies than included there - including a TV studio, a movie studio, a publishing company, an advertising agency and, strangest of all, Grenoble Foot 38, a French football team. You name, they want to buy it.

    Apparently their CEO faced shareholder criticism over all these questionable acquisitions - he has since promised no major acquisitions for the time being.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks to the Pirates

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't even try to inform yourself better before posting stuff like that, huh?

    Atlus had severe financial problems because of mismanagement at the top. Meaning, it's the old farts in the suits that drove the bandwagon into the mud.

    Piracy destroying companies is just the most common and overused excuses of the last few centuries.
    That's why i'm propagating to sack the managers when they fail so hard. If something goes wrong, you can bet that the "elite" was doing its best to ruin everything for the few normal, talented employees. This basic rule applies to every single institution on thjs planet.

    Sack the managers and CEOs!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 28/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Note: "last few centuries" is correct. This goes back at least to the 1700s.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys don't read comments do you?

    First I was shocked, but when I read that they are still going to make games my hope came back xD

    first comment:"ATLUS! NOOOO!!!"

    second comment:"they're still going to release Catherine :D"

    third comment:"ALTUS! NOOOO!!!"

    ...I mean.. wtf? aren't you happy?

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    Comment by DieHardjagged
    17:49 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just check this link from the Atlus US Forum: []

    "Don't worry, guys. This is just some corporate organizational maneuvering and won't affect anything we do."

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats the same like when the german invaded polland

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why does always the companies that make good games have problems? :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 02/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh no =( What will happen to Shin Megami Tensei? Call me cynical but I don't think we'll be seeing any good SMT games in the future aside from what's already in the works.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    05:43 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hopefully this won't affect their releases here in the west.

    we want more games like trauma series, shin megami, persona and such :)

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    Comment by djchayan
    13:17 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh man there goes demons souls 2...........

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