Sega Sammy Purchases Atlus Via Index - News

By Karl Koebke, September 18, 2013
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With the news of Index's (the parent company to beloved gaming company Atlus) financial issues the internet was abuzz with the possibilities.  Who would buy Index and thus Atlus?  Fans of one fist party or another hoped for their favorite, while many Atlus fans hoped for a third party publisher in order for Atlus to keep its independence.  Well, the results are in, and it looks like Sega Sammy is the winner.

Through a press release Sega has confirmed the purchase of Index and (more importantly to a JRPG fan like myself) Atlus.  What this means is really hard to say.  If you're a JRPG fan in the West this could be cause for concern as Sega cites Index's mobile development and Atlus IPs as the reason for the purchase and we could see a shift to mobile development come from that.  Sega also has a bit of a spotty record when it comes to Western localization in general so we might get less of those wonderful Atlus games we all enjoy.  

Regardless, it's good to see that Index's troubles aren't going to cause something awful like the dissolution of Atlus, and we'll just have to see if Sega treats them as an independent entity or changes how they run more so than Index did.  I have my fingers crossed for the former.  

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