The Future of Atlus? New Persona Title Unveiled


Index, the company which just announced the dissolution of beloved RPG maker Atlus, recently unveiled the latest title in the Persona franchise – Persona 3 Social, a mobile phone game promising the latest in “social” gaming with the advanced graphical capabilities of a mobile phone handset, and with players nickelled and dimed for each item.

An actual screenshot of an exciting boss battle in progress:


The game itself is free, but players will have to pay for items and other elements.

Index Holdings, the parent company into which Atlus is being so ignominiously folded, have stated current development plans will be unaffected and that the Atlus name will continue to be used to publish its games – it is claimed the merger will allow the two companies to make better use of their respective strengths and IPs, a one-sided arrangement if ever there were one.

With the Index conglomerate dwarfing Atlus in size, and with its core business mostly concerned with mobile phone development, including such marvels as Persona 3 Social and “Bowlingual,” an iPhone application for talking to dogs, the scepticism of long time Atlus fans as to the future direction of Atlus is understandable.

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    Avatar of Gigavolt
    Comment by Gigavolt
    14:37 31/08/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The fuck is this?

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    Comment by DeathCrunch
    22:53 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something that will never see the light of day outside of Japan.

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

    I sincerely hope so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    GOD DAM IT!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the fucking future of all of fucking Atlus games, AKA, the fucking death of any good jRPGs

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a Persona game for mobile phones, but that's not important right now.

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:22 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am still waiting for that "Persona 5" they're aiming for.

    This is nice I guess, but it's still not the full experience Persona fans should expect out of the next big one.

    I hope the next Persona is just as filled with good intentions (or bad, depending on choices) and maybe with more endings and more emotionally charged storylines. LOVED P4. IMO the best JRPG of the PS2 library, even if it came out WAY late in June 2008. lol

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

    Atlus + Index = To Atlus no Index...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:13 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A new mobile game based on a franchise you like. Gonna cry about it?

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    15:00 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Smells like capitalism and telco trouble.

    So a moblie-platform of RPG with AP shops to siphon our money? Interesting...

    This should get the kiddies hooked to their phones... =_=

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:09 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    IE "My mommy won't let me buy a smartphone because of the data plan!"

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    15:05 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    " The game itself is free, but players will have to pay for items and other elements. " Typical of MMOs that promises free-to-play yet indulges in cutting out most of the necessary stuff and placed a tag price on them.

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    Comment by Ray
    14:46 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first movement by Index possibly. We still have Catherine, and the promised Persona 5 at the least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All the old geezer CEOs and producers who don't know anything about games read the news, see how Google is buying Farmville's creator for 100s of millions of dollars and think wow, this is where all the money is at!

    So they decide to make a cell phone version of persona which no persona fans will buy and try to create a new market of casual gamers who likely has no interest whatsoever in persona to begin with. Idiot move that alienates persona fans.

    Ideally, this title will flop and rather than scrapping atlus altogether, they will go back to making real games.

    Or even if they fire all the good developers, at least they might be able to start a new studio or at least put their talent to use somewhere good...

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    Comment by Apsac. D
    15:37 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As long as they deliver Catherine and give us Persona 5 that is >= Persona 4, they can make all of the crappy mobile games they want.

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    Comment by CowExtract
    14:49 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    P3S... The "S" stands for shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:34 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And Xbox 360S too...?

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    Comment by CowExtract
    00:01 02/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh...? P3S stands for Persona 3 Social, not Play 3 Station.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 02/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Butthurt anon is butthurt

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:16 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, that's incredibly clever.

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    Comment by Dreck
    18:00 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who saw this coming after that earlier announcement?

    *timidly raises hand

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:56 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's ugly. And I got no phone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    D not fear... because "it" won't leave Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It better not. I don't want some stupid idiot raving into the Persona forums. It's already difficult trying to educate the mainstream audience who just don't get it yet sticks with it since they've been hooked.

    I don't want to have to start educating middle class white twelve year olds who just got this new game on their app so that their mother and father can continue ignoring them to keep bringing in the bacon they so desperately need... so that they can buy that new couch he's been whining about.

    Avatar of DFC
    Comment by DFC
    14:37 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I know a masterpiece when I see one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    And this isn't one.

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

    Atlus will be sorely missed... with a river of tears if this merger bombs the way I am thinking. I will support the Atlus name even if it means I have to import the Catherine game for an eye or a leg...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anonymous 16:28 31/08/2010

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Worse comes to worse, just ignore the dipshit stuff they'll be forced to make, and focus on the good items.

    Support the quality items and dismiss the shitty crap that they might be forced to dish out.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    15:26 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is more like Pokemon: Facebook version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like:
    *insert name* has appear! What do you do?
    1. Attack
    2. Defend
    3. Magic
    4. Item
    5. Run away
    6. Add as friend
    7. Check his/hers wall

    Avatar of Icy-nee-san
    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    15:50 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Joey wants to add you to his friends list.

    Accept or Ignore?

    God saves those that actually accept that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:28 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Icy-nee-san has appear! What do you do?
    1. Attack
    2. Defend
    3. Magic
    4. Item
    5. Run away

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    22:12 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, look, it's the shit game they were already talking about. Pay for each item? They'd have to pay me. lulz

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck this

    Avatar of Binbou_Otaku
    Comment by Binbou_Otaku
    22:21 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The idea of playing games is to be antisocial and have fun by yourself but NO!! these idiots have to play some "social games". If its possible to dissolve a company that is already dissolved I wouldn't be surprised.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    agree...fuck this shit!!!
    i wish i'm rich so that i can buy atlus n let them do what they do best -- being awesome...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Good! Great! Amazing!!

    Make the stupid god damn persona fans suffer! Glad they're making the other game and the unannounced PS3 title still has a chance at being SMT 4.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SMT4 was Strange Journey, n00b.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atlus deserves to be on the gutter after releasing that piece of shit demons souls, rot in hell!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guys, the announcement of this game shouldn't be much of a suprise. They've made other games for cell phones too, like Operation Aegis.

    Hell, I'm pretty sure there's another Persona game for cell phones, or news of this game has been out for a long time before it was "announced", because I swear I read it somewhere.

    Anyway, your beloved SMT games will not be affected. This is just an internal reshuffle, no important people were lost like in the RARE fiasco.

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    Comment by Bigall
    22:55 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is Altus following Squaresoft steps? If they name it Persona they are sure to sell.
    Sometime from now, all games will be named Final Fantasy, Persona, Street Fighter...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I knew about this thing for some time now, but still.

    Yesterday, a part of my sould died. RIP soul.
    I have been depressed ever since.
    The possible fucking cell phone crap..zetsubou.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This news is like a week old (from before the time the merger was announced, for one) and doesn't really mean anything other than Atlus is deciding to branch out. Plenty of game developers release scaled-down spinoff games for mobile phones in addition to their primary franchises because they cost barely anything to make and apparently people keep buying them (who knows why).

    In short, this is basically non-news.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This won't make any difference since noone from Atlus will be working on it since it is pretty much a browser based game. They do this with other game series and isn't really anything new and they already have Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine.

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    01:23 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm taking a page out of those crazy 2chan fags. GO DIE!!!

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    Comment by Hyra911
    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fuck, a "social game" persona title?
    That's like a confession. Basically admitting it "yes we are not the Atlus you knew, next persona will be facebook farmville style guys don't expect anything else".
    This is so sad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    jrpgs are dead

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    21:22 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    to me they a very much alive and to my friends. if you not interested in j-RPGs by all means go play your shooters or shooters masked for an RPG like mass effect 2 and F3

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    Comment by brningpyre
    20:04 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aaaaaaaaaand... so much for Atlus releasing any more decent games.

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