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SEGA Offers Atlus Its Dormant IPs and States The Company Will "Remain The Same" Under SEGA Ownership

Posted by Christopher Costabile

Sega went and got itself some RPGs

Fans of popular Atlus games like Shin Megami Tensei IV and Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan can start to turn that sigh of defeat into a sigh of relief. In mid-September, SEGA Sammy Holdings obtained Atlus's parent company, Index Corporation, after Index was forced to declare bankruptcy — an event that left many die-hard Atlus fans worried for the sanctity of their favourite gaming company.

But in a new interview with Famitsu magazine, Chief Operating Officer of Sega, Naoya Tsurumi, discussed Atlus at length, assuring fans that everything about the development structure at Atlus will "remain the same," and even going so far as to announce that the masters of the RPG genre at Atlus are being encouraged to reignite any of SEGA's dormant IPs. Tsurumi also stressed the importance of independence between the two entities, indicating that Atlus would retain near limitless freedom to handle its own affairs as it sees fit:

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. 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.

One revealing point in the discussion came when Tsurumi admitted that "Sega have never excelled in RPG titles." He expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for the fact that Atlus, which specializes in the genre, appeals to North American gamers, and that it would be able to fill SEGA's gaps in the area of RPGs with some of the best IPs in the business.

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

With Atlus director Katsura Hashino announcing earlier in the year that new titles are "under zealous development" at the company, 2014 promises to be an exciting time for the fledgling partnership between these two giants of gaming. Here's hoping Nintendo fans can look forward to a slew of great new Atlus titles as a result of this new pairing.


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Nintenjoe64 said:

Go on Nintendo, you know:
a) it makes sense
b) you need to get the Japanese market on board with the Wii U
c) you need more games for Wii U



Undead_terror said:

Lemmie guess, Sonic the hedgehog in RPG land! just joking, a new game of Defenders of Oasis would be nice, but I would like to see it more real life like instead of anime graphics for a change.



Player4 said:

Off topic: After reading this article I want to play Golden Sun.. There should be a Golden Sun game for the 3DS!

On topic: A sequel to Dark Brotherhood, is it possible?!



retro_player_22 said:

I'm glad Sega is making sure Atlus stay as Atlus. Also since Atlus is now a part of Sega, maybe if we're lucky we might see a Shin Megami Tensei X Shining Force as well considering that there is going to be a Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. Also a Shining Force X Fire Emblem would be awesome too.



Emblem said:

Translation = they are telling atlus to focus on old Sega ips instead of the new ips and projects they had in mind.

As long as atlus main ips are safe and I get a skies of arcaida sequel and shinning force reboot I'll be happy.



Gnoll said:

Defenders of Oasis 2, maybe detailing the fight of Prince's ancestors against Ahriman and the Serpent King!!!!



DESS-M-8 said:

Relaunching Shinobi, Streets of Rage, Ristar and Panzer Dragoon should be on somebody's schedule surely??



MadAdam81 said:

Forget just SEGA RPGs, they could also help SEGA with some character development and game planning in SEGA developed games.



Morph said:

Please let them do a new shining force in the style of shining force 3 or even shining the holy ark, both are familiar styles to atlus



Ralizah said:

SEGA has been very respectful toward ATLUS In allowing them to maintain their identity and creative freedom.



ricklongo said:

Nintendo should have bought Atlus. I'm not even sure if they offered a bid, but I'm pretty sure they'd be able to outbid Sega. Can you imagine Persona 5 as a Wii U exclusive? Huge lost opportunity.



Raptor78 said:

I would love to have Phantasy Star pretty much rebooted on two fronts... Atlus coming up with a new Phantasy Star RPG series, much akin to the original series and Sega rebooting the Phantasy Star Online series. I would happily play the RPG's on the handheld 3DS and a new PSO could be a killer online game for the wiiU providing it was more like the original Dreamcast... Gamecube era rather than the later blue burst, universe kind of game.



Tsurii said:

@ricklongo Not at all. It's the best option for every ATLUS fan, that SEGA got them for now. SEGA is "on good terms" with both Nintendo and Sony. I'd say it would be way worse if one of those two won the auction, because there'd always be thousands of die-hard fans, who would complain and the situation between Nintendo and Sony fans (wich is actually not too bad imo) would get really bad.

But with SEGA we all get the games we were waiting for for some time now. Persona 5 for the Sony gamers and Fire Emblem x SMT for Nintendo gamers.



Ralizah said:

I don't know why anyone thinks P5 as a Wii U exclusive was ever going to happen. Atlus doesn't release Persona games until they've fully figured out the capabilities AND limitations of the hardware. Not to mention that it has likely taken years to develop this game. P5 was never going to be released on the Wii U. P6, maybe. I highly doubt it, but I suppose it is always possible.



SpookyMeths said:

@Raptor78 Dunno if you heard, but tri-Ace (Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean, Resonance of Fate) is developing a brand new Phantasy Star for the Vita. It's being described as a single player game that allows you to form teams with local wi-fi.



sinalefa said:

I hope Atlus takes that chance of working in old Sega franchises. That could have a lot of promise.



Spoony_Tech said:

I'm glad (so far) that Sega has left Atlus alone. I can tell to as they still seem to be doing business as usual. Problem is I don't want Atlus spread to thin with Sega ips as it could really drag them down! Now if Sega gives them more resources that can help in that area but only time will tell.



banacheck said:

assuring fans that everything about the development structure at Atlus will "remain the same,"

At last good to hear,



Morph said:

Realistically there's skies of arcadia, shining force, phantasy star and to an extent panzer dragoon, no other sega rpg franchises spring to mind, i reckon shining force is best suited to atlus



ajcismo said:

Pretty awesome news. I'd love to see something done with Skies of Arcadia and Phantasy Star series by Atlas as well. Specifically on the 3DS but certainly wouldn't complain if Wii U was involved.



ejamer said:

What's said isn't always what happens, but this certainly sounds like good news. Giving Atlus access to old Sega IP could have really cool results too.



Peach64 said:

I hate seeing sequels for the sake of it. There's no reason to make a new Skies of Arcadia or Golden Sun, their stories have been told, but a new Shining Force would be perfect.



Rafie said:

@Ralizah Also to add to the fact that the Persona series has always been on Sony consoles. So why would Nintendo all of a sudden get a canon exclusive of Persona? It can still come to Nintendo, but it'll never be exclusive.



Arcamenel said:

Golden Sun game wouldn't be for the sake of it. The last game left so many holes that not having a sequel would just be silly.



mattatron said:

I always thought Sega made some of the best RPGS, here's hoping a new Valkyria Chronicles, Shining Force and a turn based single player Phantasy Star are made.



Rezalack said:

Ok, now Sega, you need to give Atlus reigns over Shining Force. I know they could do it justice and it's well over-due. Make this happen.. and let it be on the Wii U.



ReigningSemtex said:

A new Shining force or even a remake of shining force 3 would be appreciated not a lot of people got to play that.



C-Olimar said:

Sega have never been good at RPGs?

Cough Shining Force. Skies of Arcadia. Sonic Chronicles. Cough



unrandomsam said:

Radiant Historia is the only Atlus one I really like.

Forgot about Panzer Dragoon Saga.

(Problematic if the people leading Sega don't even understand their own back catalog).



Luna-Harmony said:

Thank goodness Sega baught them it could have been bad if microcrap had baught them like they did rare.



Great_Gonzalez said:

Does this mean we get a new Skies Of Arcadia???????
Oh thank you thank you thank you!!

I tell you something though if we do get a new one and they don't release on wii u..... someone is gonna cry... ME!



Zael said:

ok, but now I want sega to make exclusive games for wii u through atlus



unrandomsam said:

@ecco6t9 Do Sega definately have all the rights to do what they want with Wonderboy or does Westone have them (Other than already existing titles) ?



Windy said:

Shining in the Darkness 3d classic, Skies of Arcadia 2 and hopefully a sequel to Phantasy Star Zero. I'm drooling........... I would imagine we will see a shining game at best then just hope for any other like the Phantasy Star Series. The shining series is just ripe for a new release



sdelfin said:

I was under the impression that Atlus was doing well in spite of its parent company's woes. If so, then I'm not surprised Sega picked them up to let them keep doing what they've been doing.



ultrakatie64 said:

After seeing the Vita, PS3, AND 3DS get love from Atlus Persona-wise, I'm happy Nintendo didn't buy them. Looks like Sega gets Atlus, and the thought of Shining Force, Streets Of Rage, or Altered Beast being resurrected by Atlus is just too much for me to handle.



FriedSquid said:

This all sounds great! This could really help Sega and Atlus both, working together but at the same time independently like this. Also glad that their future games should turn out just as usual, and it would be nice to see Atlus reignite Sega's old IPs like was mentioned? Though it seems a tad lazy of them to not do that themselves, but whatever.



Magikarp3 said:

This is great news, and expected too. Although didn't Sega make Skies of Arcadia and the Phantasy Star series, which were both quite good RPG's?

Atlus doesn't seem like the kind of studio which would go and resurrect all of Sega's forgotten IP's though, as awesome as that would be. If anything, Atlus is better at making their own original stuff, and it might even be a waste for them to be confined to expectations of Sega's games.



Windy said:

@Jollykarp Both Phantasy Star and Skies of arcadia were excellent and were Sega games. The 3 main ones were the Shining series, Phantasy Star and Skies of arcadia. If we see one release of any of these series on 3DS. We will rejoice I'm hoping that Atlus might at least consider converting Shining in the Darkness or Shining the Holy Ark to 3D Both were excellent dungeon Crawlers. I think Shining the Holy Ark was programmed by Camelot who is currently doing Mario Golf 3d



Melkaticox said:

Great. Now buy SEGA, Nintendo.
Not that I want to see the tears of Sony fans when Persona 5 for the PS3 is cancelled and becomes a Wii U exclusive...but I kinda do.



yuwarite said:

Phantasy Star Online 2 > a Phantasy Star Single Player RPG. In other words, the Phantasy Star franchise is currently thriving, earning Sega a ton of money and in no need of a modern day reboot.



Kolzig said:

Shin Megami Tensei IV still not in Europe, that would be the first thing that Sega should do with Atlus, release it in Europe already!



ArcanaXVI said:

I'm just waiting on news about Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. As long as that comes out (alongside all of the newly announced Persona games, of course), I'm good.

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