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Sega Sammy to purchase Index Holdings (Atlus parent company)
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September 18, 2013, 07:26
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 itís been reported that this firmís subsidiary Sega has bought Index Corporation, this has not been officially announced by the company. Maybe not quite official yet?

ANOTHER UPDATE: It is now official.

SOURCE: Nikkei.Com

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Posted: 09/18/13, 07:26  - Edit:  09/18/13, 10:45
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Just news. hopefully they don't ruin the good things about Atlus.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 08:15
I kind of feel like... only $141 million? Nintendo should have jumped on this! They could have had Atlus for $150 million maybe?! Could you imagine that?

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 08:56
Purchased by a company that is notorious for sitting on all of its great IP and doing nothing with it. Not exactly spectacular news then, yeah.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 09:53
Word from Sega: Although itís been reported that this firmís subsidiary Sega has bought Index Corporation, this has not been officially announced by the company.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 10:05

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 10:44
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.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 10:46
Too soon to tell how this will turn out. If Sega's recent attempts to go with safe ideas only extends to Atlus then it could be a very bad thing.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 15:31
Huh, I was hoping for a Nintendo take-over. Sega is good too I guess.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 18:41
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?

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 19:37
I honestly had no idea SEGA had that kind of cash to work with. I guess the Pachinko business has done well for them...!

So. What's the next move? Nintendo to buy SEGA?

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 19:48
Another thing that could be really good would be using Atlus to bring back Sega properties like a traditional Phantasy Star or Skies of Arcadia. I'm not holding my breath, but it would be awesome.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 19:56
Shining Force!

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 19:59
That too.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 20:01
@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.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 21:33
SEGA good. Atlus good. Sammy bad.

Posted by 
 on: 09/18/13, 21:36
I have no idea what this means.

I want to play Ogre Battle.

Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 01:55
Please protect Etrian Odyssey!!!

Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 02:07
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.

Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 03:00
Seems... unpromising.

Well, the crossovers might be fun. And both companies are fairly Nintendo-friendly.

Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 05:02
kriswright said:
SEGA good. Atlus good. Sammy bad.

Pretty much this. Sammy ruined everything with their hostile takeover of Sega.

I still like to imagine a world where Sega and Namco merged like they should have.

Posted by 
 on: 09/19/13, 13:01
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