There was a lot of speculation over who would purchase Index Holdings, the parent company of Atlus, and many even speculated that Nintendo would be at the top of that list due to a strong relationship including the recent Shin Megami Tensei / Fire Emblem collaboration. However, that spectacular scenario was not to be. Sega Sammy has been confirmed to purchase Index Holdings for a reported ¥14 billion (roughly $141 million USD... IE less than the budget of GTA V), giving them full control over Atlus and all of their many properties. What does this mean for Nintendo fans?.
Atlus has many well known franchises, including Shin Megami Tensei, Etrian Odyssey, Trauma Center and more, with the summer 2013 release of Shin Megami Tensei IV on the 3DS as their latest Nintendo platform release.
What do you think? Good news? Bad news? Just news?
UPDATE: Sega had this to say: Although it’s been reported that this firm’s subsidiary Sega has bought Index Corporation, this has not been officially announced by the company. Maybe not quite official yet?
It's too soon to say whether this will be good or bad, or even if it will have any significant effect on Atlus. I hope it doesn't hamper the chances of further Atlus games being localized, but there isn't much more to be said at this time.
So how much creative control does this give Sega Sammy realistically? Is it more like a silent partner, upper management decisions as to what IPs move forward or producer level control over each project direction and content. What is the norm?
@DeputyVanHalen Good point, that would be awesome. I mean, Sega just bought some real talent, something they are kind of lacking lately. Except they HAD talent and restructured it into oblivion, hopefully they don't do that again.
We'll see what comes of this, but hopefully they still let Atlus do whatever they want. This is better than if a platform holder bought them, but it's unfortunate that they had to be bought to begin with and hopefully they can continue making their games as usual.