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Atlus “dissolved” by parent company

Tuesday, 31st August 2010 09:12 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Persona publisher Atlus is no more. Sort of.

Atlus parent company Index Holdings has dissolved the company as an independent entity, according to an announcement on parent company Index Holdings’ website.

Index Holdings is aiming to streamline its business focus to “profitable core areas,” apparently.

The official press release seems to indicate that the Atlus brand will continue, but in what capacity is unclear.

Atlus has a number of projects in the works, and it’s unlikely they’ll be canned.

Katsura Hashino, director on Atlus’s PS360 horror game Catherine, mentioned the change on the title’s blog, saying the team “will endeavor to continue to work for a long time,” and that, “of course, it’s not just the Persona team, it’s also other teams working on titles” that will continue their work.

Thanks, Gama.

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  1. Erthazus

    I’m interested to see who will buy them in the end.

    Square Enix? Sony Computer Entertainment division? Namco Bandai? Capcom? Konami? E.t.c. ?

    To be fair, there are so much talent, but their games are not much profitable. 90% of the games are niche.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hunam

    I don’t understand what’s happened but I’m scared.

    @1

    They have made a profit on loads of games. Demons Souls sold 3x more than their prediction. They make profit because they don’t spend as much as EA/Activision on publishing, so where a game selling 300K would make EA/Acti weep with horror, it would be a good hit for Atlus.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    @2 Oh really?

    Revenue ▼¥19.242 billion (2009)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlus

    thats just horrible.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Freek

    One of Atlus’ PR people was a geust on the 1Up podcast this week. He sounded like everything was fine.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @4 Because they are PR people and for them everything MUST be FINE. :)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. AHA-Lambda

    so what is going to happen to them? are they just dropping the brand?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. frostquake

    Well since Microsoft lost Bungie, they could Buy Atlus….oh, I just gave myself the shivers and not the Oh My Kind..the eww eww Kind!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Hunam

    @3 doesn’t the down arrow just mean it’s down from the previous year to ¥19.242 billion?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. KrazyKraut

    I guess developing a game is more expensive, than publishing it…Atlus published Demon Souls in the USA, Namco Bandai in EU and Sony in Jap…so…yeah..I think their biggest IP is Persona atm.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Marcus Gv

    What does this mean for Demon’s Souls?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. The_Red

    Screw Demon’s Souls, what does this mean for Persona games?

    #11 4 years ago