Katsura Hashino: "Many Announcements" Set For 25th Anniversary of Atlus
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Looking forward despite parent company problems
It's been a tough summer for Atlus, as it's had to absorb its share of pressure over its parent company's financial difficulties. As we've reported previously, Atlus' owner Index has begun the process of selling its operations following its slide into an equivalent of bankruptcy; rumoured potential buyers for the Atlus brand have included Sony, SEGA and Nintendo.
That process may be wrapped up by early September, if all goes well, but the results of the bidding are still unknown. From its perspective Atlus has shown plenty of resolve to continue business as usual, proceeding with multiple game releases and activities since the news of financial troubles first hit. That seems to still be the focus, with Katsura Hashino — a Director in the Persona series — saying the following in a blog post.
I’m sorry for the concerns caused by the recent circumstances, and I apologize. Next year is set to bring many announcements as part of the 25th anniversary of the Atlus brand, but there are a few things I’d like to share before that. All the unannounced titles we are working on are “under zealous development”. The challenge, for the time being, is how good they will be. We have spent days full of problems and worries, but we work strenuously so that it doesn’t break our focus.
Looks like the values of games have become very diverse nowadays, but as long as we continue to think about you that love our games, about the creativity, the know-how accumulated, the challenges and the expectation of results, I believe that the future of the series will be something great, full of fun and stimulating.
The developer / publisher certainly has a dedicated core of fans, and news of special 25th Anniversary projects is sure to excite. Let us know what you'd like these projects to be, regardless of who eventually acquires the company.