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Atlus welcome to dormant Sega IP post-acquisition

Thursday, 28th November 2013 02:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sega is happy for Atlus to work its magic on neglected properties from its new owner’s back catalogue.

According to Siliconera‘s translation, Sega Sammy’s chief operating officer, Naoya Tsurumi told Famitsu that Atlus’s RPG talent is something the publisher would like to leverage.

“The fact that they’ve been able to capture fans from North America is really huge. That said, for Sega, it’s a big plus to have more IPs, but an even bigger plus to have more genres,” he said.

“While we have no intention of forcing this, we’d definitely love to have them utilise any of Sega’s dormant IPs,” he added.

The magazine listed Sakura Wars, Jet Set Radio, and Space Channel 5 as examples, but Tsurumi wouldn’t confirm.

“There are plenty that haven’t been active. However, the new company just recently got started, so there’s nothing on the table for now, but we’ll definitely be giving it more thought.”

Space Channel 5 done Persona-style, anyone? Oh, wait. That’s kind of already a thing.

Tsurumi also reiterated that Atlus will remain independent.

“As a new company, we will venture together, with Index working as an independent company. The plan is to have Atlus and Sega continue shining as brands, while aiming to increase their degree of independence,” he said.

“Similar to the studio we’ve acquired from overseas, they’ll continue managing their own brands and IPs, and making them bigger. Then, Sega will be the ones to sell them. So, think of it as us telling them ‘Continue working on your own IPs with pride and confidence – the sky is the limit.’

“Everything will remain the same. The people of Index will continue working thoroughly, and Sega have no plans to undertake any of their work. However, we’re at a point where Sega is offering Index to freely make use of any resources they may have, that Index does not. Index will be keeping many of their fine qualities, such as Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei IP, and many others.”

Sega Sammy Holdings acquired Atlus parent company Index Corporation in September after Index ran into financial trouble. Mind you, Sega’s finances aren’t exactly a bed of roses.

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11 Comments

  1. Obernox

    HNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG

    #1 8 months ago
  2. dizzygear

    Panzer Dragoon SAGA remake or the next Valkyria Chronicles on a home console or PC.

    Do it please.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. foofly

    Jet Set please!

    #3 8 months ago
  4. shadowseer

    Atlus could localise Yakuza5! lol

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Ashmael

    New Valkyria Chronicles plz

    #5 8 months ago
  6. TheWulf

    New Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio games would be amazing. And maybe cross-platform, too, since Atlus is pretty damned good about that.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    I’m surprised nobody has suggested a Skies of Arcadia sequel.

    As long as Sega doesn’t mess with the formula too much, this could make for a huge revitalisation of Sega franchises.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Clupula

    Skies of Arcadia would probably be the best fit for Atlus, really. I wouldn’t mind seeing Atlus get their hands on Eternal Champions, though.

    People forget how many fighting games Atlus used to do, back in the Saturn days.

    I’d also love to see Atlus do something in the Panzer Dragoon world (although I’d like it to be more Saga, less shooting, since I’m not sure how well Atlus can do that sort of gameplay) as well as something in the original Phantasy Star or Shining Force worlds.

    #8 8 months ago
  9. salarta

    I would say Valkyria Chronicles, but it’s Sega’s own fault that the franchise is where it’s at right now, and the people that created the franchise deserve to be the ones in charge if they want. VC2 was a misstep (likely forced into the direction it took by Sega execs), and VC3 had a chance despite being only on PSP but wasn’t brought stateside, while VC1 was an excellent game given a terrible start because Sega didn’t even try to promote it. I only found out about it by word of mouth, and that’s terrible when we’re talking about someone that plays plenty of video games and gets consoles at launch.

    Adding Bayonetta to Persona would’ve been interesting if Sega could still use her. An Atlus take on the Hyperdimension Neptunia concept would also be good if Sega was still involved in that.

    To be honest, Sega likes to suck, so I’m still more concerned that Atlus’ games will ultimately be reduced to half-assed ports with the only new content coming from mobile and browser games.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @8 Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Atlus only publish their fighting games now? Namely the Persona fighters. I don’t think they’re directly involved in the development of them.

    Eternal Campions was fun, but I don’t think it would stand a chance in the current market.

    Shining Force definitely needs a comeback.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Hitomajiri

    “Continue working on your own IPs with pride and confidence – the sky is the limit.”

    Too bad AM2 is just a department of Sega, not a subsidiary. They don’t even have their own Web site anymore, what have they been up to? Updating Virtua Fighter? I’m not even going to say the name of that game that is still in need of a third installment.

    I just hope Atlus won’t go the way of AM2, it’ll be sad.

    And if Double Helix was able to do a decent job on Killer Instinct, what would hold Sega and Atlus back from doing the same for Eternal Champions?

    Only Sega’s acute risk aversion, I guess. They sit on ther IPs and all they can think about is Sonic, Total War and Football Manager. Yakuza not so much, it seems.

    #11 8 months ago

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