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Takao
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Have you heard the good news about Medabots?!
(09-18-2013, 03:47 AM)
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Non-Google confirmation:

http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2013/09...ion-yen/55909/

After the revelation came about that popular Japanese game publisher, Atlus, and its parent company, Index Corp, were facing fraud allegations and had filed for bankruptcy, speculation began to fly about what would happen to the beloved game company. After just a few months, however, it looks like Sega Sammy Holdings has purchased Index Corp for 14 billion yen. The acquisition will happen in November, as reported by Japanese news site Nikkei, and will involve a restructuring of the company.

Additional details are scarce, but we’ll make sure to follow this story as it unfolds. No word what this means for Atlus USA.

Originally Posted by StreetsAhead

To clarify (finally), Sega Sammy wants to revitalize Index's handheld and home console games division. Sega has been loosing money the last two quarters largely due to a downturn in the Western gaming market [according to the article, dunno if it's true].

Atlus, Index's gaming brand, has quite strong gaming franchises, like Shin Megami Tensei, and has been making a yearly profit recently. Sega Sammy would like to use the assets of Atlus productively, including the idea of them developing games for smartphones.

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNAS...3A910C1000000/

I used Google so I might be wrong, don't ban me lol

edit: For those too lazy to do that conversion it's about ~$140 million.

Originally Posted by Bloomberg

Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. (6460) won an auction to buy Index Corp., the bankrupt Japanese developer of handheld games, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

The acquisition may be valued at about 14 billion yen ($141 million), said one of the people, who asked not to be identified before an announcement scheduled for as early as today. Index’s bankruptcy advisers plan to complete a deal with Sega Corp., a unit of Sega Sammy, in early November, they said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...ker-index.html

Last edited by Nirolak; 09-18-2013 at 06:54 AM.
demosthenes
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(09-18-2013, 03:48 AM)
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I'm not sure how I feel about this. I don't think I'm happy though.
dragonflys545
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(09-18-2013, 03:48 AM)
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Oh man... More games that won't get localize wonderful... I thought Sony for sure was gonna snatch it to make them some good RPGS but nope... very disappointed.
gketter
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(09-18-2013, 03:48 AM)
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Uh oh
Gleethor
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(09-18-2013, 03:48 AM)
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Oh wow
DaBoss
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(09-18-2013, 03:48 AM)
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That is an interesting purchase by Sega Sammy.

EDIT: Hopefully Sega's recent changes doesn't affect Atlus and its localizations.
Coldnoodle
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(09-18-2013, 03:48 AM)
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I'm scared.
suppadoopa
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Jack Frost to be replaced by Sanic
braves01
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Persona x Sonic: Waifus just got furrier.

airmangataosenai
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Could've been worse, seems like a fairly neutral move to me.
t26
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
Hey if this means Atlus USA can gain access to Sega's game it can be a good thing.
$h@d0w
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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megaton
LuuKyK
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Worrying.
thekonamicode
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Does this mean Atlus games will no longer be published in the West due to "lack of interest?"
distantmantra
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Totally not surprising.
RustyNails
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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How the fuck does sega has that much cash?
GreatCharleston
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Persona characters in All Star Racing sequel when???
RedNumberFive
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Please don't run it into the ground like you have every other interesting SEGA franchise.
PorygonVandal
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Watch Nintendo buying Sega next week for a massive Megaton
ShockingAlberto
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Maybe this won't be terrible.

Maybe.
Diddy Kong
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Now for Nintendo to buy SEGA

Edit- beaten:(
Theorymon
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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OH SHIT if true.

Hopefully Sega treats Atlus well like they do with their PC devs, I need my megaten fix!
markot
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Sega has been doing good recently. Pc wise anyway
SolidSnakex
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(09-18-2013, 03:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by RustyNails

How the fuck does sega has that much cash?

Sammy.
MagiusNecros
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(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
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Originally Posted by PorygonVandal

Watch Nintendo buying Sega next week for a massive Megaton

Was going to post something like this
epmode
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(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
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It could have been worse. At least Sega realizes the potential of PC + digital distribution. ..as they stop production of almost all of their IPs.

Ah well, Atlus had a nice run.
Takao
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Have you heard the good news about Medabots?!
(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
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Originally Posted by RustyNails

How the fuck does sega has that much cash?

~$140 million isn't that much.
RPGamer92
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(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
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Look on the bright side, at least Atlus could market Valkyria Chronicles more efficiently than Sega. Right?
iammeiam
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(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
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Can they let Atlus USA localize Yakuza now?

I just don't want Sega USA taking over SMT duties.
KillerTravis
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(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
My Atlus localizations :(
jivran
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(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
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Could be worse in my opinion. As long as they still make quality 3DS games like they have been doing recently, I can't complain.
Shard
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(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
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SO does this mean we can get A Company of Heroes Persona game then?
Coldnoodle
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(09-18-2013, 03:50 AM)
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Originally Posted by thekonamicode

Does this mean Atlus games will no longer be published in the West due to "lack of interest?"

Mauricio_Magus
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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I just hope this doesn't mean the death of Etrian Odyssey.

Let them do their thing, Sega.
foxuzamaki
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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I dont know how to feel, please tell me how I should feel.
Iacobellis
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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So... The US won't get P5 now?
goomba
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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Happy about this. lets them work still work on any platform.
LiquidMetal14
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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WELL NOW
kasane
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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Cheers for Japan only games!
Sandfox
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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I don't know how to feel about this; depending on how Sega handles Atlus this could be either good or bad.
Parakeetman
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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Oh wonderful the Yaks bought Atlus...
Nubzcake
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)

Originally Posted by thekonamicode

Does this mean Atlus games will no longer be published in the West due to "lack of interest?"

should've been first post
GDGF
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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OK shit just got real.
Wilsongt
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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Welp. RIP in pieces Atlus. No more localized games.
hwy_61
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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So...Persona characters in the next Sonic All Stars??

YAY!
Fitrix
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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Please dont shut Atlus USA down.

Thats all I ask of you,Sega Sammy.
Silky
(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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Looks like MEGATEN's about to...GO /FAST/.

Sonic Chronicles 2, developed by Atlus.
Samyy
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(09-18-2013, 03:51 AM)
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RIP Persona
No but seriously.... im fucking scared.
Shard
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(09-18-2013, 03:52 AM)
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Who knows what this means.
QuiteWhittle
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(09-18-2013, 03:52 AM)
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So is Atlus USA done? Was that GI article a send-off?

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