Naoto Hiraoka, the head of consumer software for Atlus, issued a statement this week in order to assure fans that the game maker will continue to do business as before. Earlier, Sega Sammy announced that it will assign a subsidiary to take control of the operations of Index Corporation, Atlus’ parent company, by November 1.
When the news of Sega Sammy acquiring Index Corporation initially surfaced, fans of Atlus and its respective game franchises raised several concerns, among which was the former’s lack of interest in localizing Japanese games for the West. Hiraoka’s statement should certainly be reassuring for everyone looking forward to new iterations in the Persona and Shin Megami Tensai series.
Hiraoka-san’s full statement is below:
Dear customers,We are very grateful to have your continued support for our products.Today, as announced through investor relations, we will be continuing our business as part of the Sega Sammy group, starting on November 11th. As you may know, Index Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection on June 27th, and have looked to transfer their business to other companies.Above all, we, Atlus corporation, have had our consumer game business supported by an exceptional amount of fans. Regardless of the business itself rising to a much favorable position in recent years, lately, we have caused concern to our customers, to whom we deeply apologize.We’ve traditionally maintained strong relations with Sega Corporation, using consumer game business as the main pillar. This time, we expect to maintain the relationship, while achiveing better business synergy. By using Sega’s strong circulation network, we look forward to further expanding our development. In terms of consumer games expertise, this relationship will be mutually benefitial for both sides. It is about the deep acknowledgement of wanting to further raise our brand.We feel that our ongoing business is in very good shape, and it brings us great pleasure to be able to report our continuing business, here, today. This has been made possible thanks to your patronage and support. On behalf of all the employees, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.Currently, the employees of the consumer game business, are working zealously on future releases, and are vigorously looking forward to taking on new challenges. In the near future, we will be reporting our ongoing situation through the media, so please expect further developments.Director of consumer software departmentNaoto Hiraoka
Stay tuned for further details regarding Sega Sammy’s acquisition of Atlus as they become available.