Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sega owns Atlus.
Last night, around midnight, a great disturbance in the Force was felt. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out, and were silenced.
You'll recall that earlier in the year, Atlus's parent company Index Holdings was in a bit of a pickle, having filed for bankruptcy. At the time, rumor had it about twenty companies bid on buying Index, but there was no word on who won the sale.
Sega won the sale. Sega. The folks who barely localize their Yakuza games and have been doing their best to drive the Sonic the Hedgehog brand right into the ground for twenty years.
Let's not freak out. Try not to freak out. These are also the people who gave us Valkyria Chronicles and Resonance of Fate. ...and then abandoned RoF when it failed to perform well against Final Fantasy XIII, the biggest RPG brand-name in the world, and refused to localize the latest Valkyria Chronicles title...
Best-case scenario, Sega will appreciate that the Atlus video game brand was the one part of Index Holdings that was actually profitable, keep their management, keep their talent, keep their teams and let them do their own thing in creating fantastic gaming (and localizing said games through Atlus USA, one of - if not the - best localizing houses in the west). Hopefully we'll still get Persona 5 and new Shin Megami Tensei spin-off games and wonderful stuff getting published in North America like Dark Souls and Dragon's Crown.
Please, Sega. Please, for the love of God, don't muck with Atlus. They are a gem in the crown of video gaming.
Let them be. If you wanna' do anything super-crazy, let it be something to do with Valkyria Chronicles or Resonance of Fate. Lord knows we could use more of those.