Atlus merger. What will become of the company?

It's been speculated for a little bit but finally some news has broken as to the future of Atlus. Neoseeker is reporting that parent company Index Holdings is planning to merge Atlus (which is 100% owned) and mobile game maker Index Corporations (95% owned) together to strengthen the brand. They have gone on to confirm that games currently announced by Atlus will continue to operate just as they normally would and be released under the Atlus label. As for the future beyond that nothing is specified.
 
Over the last few years Atlus has been able to amass a significant following of dedicated fans (myself one of them) and the unique games that they release are unlike many seen elsewhere. From darker settings and themes of the upcoming Catherine to the morality testing and sometimes thought to be sacrilegious Shin Megami Tensei games, Atlus has carved out a niche for itself in the gaming community that is tough to fill. 
 
So what does the future hold for Atlus? Will we now be seeing Persona and SMT games coming out for Mobile as well as consoles and handhelds? Will the company no longer be called Atlus all together? Most importantly, will the unique quality of the product that a small company like Atlus was able to produce and publish remain or will it become more corporate and profit focussed leading to less and less risktaking that Atlus has been known and loved for? 
 
I think the smartest thing they can do is dissolve the Index Corporation name into Atlus and release their mobile games under that label as opposed to creating an entirely new name. It'll carry more clout and weight worldwide while assuaging fans of the fear of major overhauls within the company. If the name does change I personally will be pretty upset and saddened by the end of Atlus, but if the games can continue to be of the unique style that only Atlus has doner and the quality of major games like the Persona, SMT, and numerous DS series continues at it's current level or better than I cannot complain. Best thing that could happen, Atlus is allowed to remain an independent branch of Index Holdings and if anything will have more freedom to take risks and due to an increase in monetary backing. Either way I'll be interested in seeing the end results when the merge is official on October 1st.

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Posted by Junpei

It's been speculated for a little bit but finally some news has broken as to the future of Atlus. Neoseeker is reporting that parent company Index Holdings is planning to merge Atlus (which is 100% owned) and mobile game maker Index Corporations (95% owned) together to strengthen the brand. They have gone on to confirm that games currently announced by Atlus will continue to operate just as they normally would and be released under the Atlus label. As for the future beyond that nothing is specified.
 
Over the last few years Atlus has been able to amass a significant following of dedicated fans (myself one of them) and the unique games that they release are unlike many seen elsewhere. From darker settings and themes of the upcoming Catherine to the morality testing and sometimes thought to be sacrilegious Shin Megami Tensei games, Atlus has carved out a niche for itself in the gaming community that is tough to fill. 
 
So what does the future hold for Atlus? Will we now be seeing Persona and SMT games coming out for Mobile as well as consoles and handhelds? Will the company no longer be called Atlus all together? Most importantly, will the unique quality of the product that a small company like Atlus was able to produce and publish remain or will it become more corporate and profit focussed leading to less and less risktaking that Atlus has been known and loved for? 
 
I think the smartest thing they can do is dissolve the Index Corporation name into Atlus and release their mobile games under that label as opposed to creating an entirely new name. It'll carry more clout and weight worldwide while assuaging fans of the fear of major overhauls within the company. If the name does change I personally will be pretty upset and saddened by the end of Atlus, but if the games can continue to be of the unique style that only Atlus has doner and the quality of major games like the Persona, SMT, and numerous DS series continues at it's current level or better than I cannot complain. Best thing that could happen, Atlus is allowed to remain an independent branch of Index Holdings and if anything will have more freedom to take risks and due to an increase in monetary backing. Either way I'll be interested in seeing the end results when the merge is official on October 1st.

Posted by MysteriousBob

Maybe once they make a decent game, I'll start caring.

Edited by Animasta

well there's already been persona games for mobiles; they released one based on aegis a while ago. I really doubt anything will change.

Posted by Scrumdidlyumptious

Atlus won't be a registered corporation on the Japanese stock exchange anymore, but the Atlus brand will continue. All games developed by them will still be released under the Atlus brand.

Posted by natetodamax
@MysteriousBob said:
" Maybe once they make a decent game, I'll start caring. "
-_- 
 
If this merger severely affects the company I will be uuuupset.
Edited by FluxWaveZ

Practically nothing will change.  Maybe superficial stuff like the logo and other crap, but the development teams should remain the same and the games will be released as "Atlus games" still. 
 
And they had already released two Persona games on phones, just like Laketown mentioned, the most recent one being Persona 3 Social.

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Posted by Rolyatkcinmai

Atlus publishes a ton of games that they don't actually develop, so I'd be interested to see what happens to those titles. 
 
I don't really care though, nothing from Atlus has ever interested me. 
 
That is some Japanese-ass Japanese shit.

Edited by TheChaos

I'm getting that same feeling I got right before Square-Soft merged with Enix.....

Posted by Junpei
@TheChaos said:
" I'm getting that same feeling I got right before Square-Soft merged with Enix..... "
That's my biggest fear. The only reason I doubt that would happen is that they aren't really merging with another game company that has it's own interests like what happened with SE. So hopefully that shouldn't take away from the quality. 

@Rolyatkcinmai said:
" Atlus publishes a ton of games that they don't actually develop, so I'd be interested to see what happens to those titles.  I don't really care though, nothing from Atlus has ever interested me.  That is some Japanese-ass Japanese shit. "

This is what I'm most worried about is all the games that Atlus does localize and publish that no one else would pick up. Related note: how this affects Atlus USA as well in localization and publishing.
Posted by onarum
@MysteriousBob said:
" Maybe once they make a decent game, I'll start caring. "
Maybe once you actually play an Atlus game you can pass judgment?
Posted by litrock

Well, this probably won't do much to Atlus USA, since they are a wholly independent company from the Atlus that makes the games. They get right of first refusal on localizing Atlus Japan's titles, IIRC, but that's all. That said, I doubt it'll instantly lead to Atlus' ruin.

Posted by Murray
@MysteriousBob: Yes, Atlus makes the worst games in the history of ever.
Posted by LordXavierBritish

THEY HAVE A GOOD THING GOING AND IF THEY FUCK THIS SHIT UP IM GOING TO THROW A BRICK AT SOMEONE 

 

THAT WILL PROBABLY RUIN THEIR DAY

Posted by papercut

I don't suspect that a cell phone game company to have any large effect on the people at Atlus.

Posted by mosdl

I am eagerly awaiting the Persona Facebook game announcement :)

Posted by trophyhunter
@MysteriousBob said:
" Maybe once they make a decent game, I'll start caring. "
Another reason why you are a moron.
Posted by neoepoch

They were already owned by Index, or at least had a majority of their company bought up. This won't change their day to day dealings/development.

Posted by Junpei
@papercut said:
" I don't suspect that a cell phone game company to have any large effect on the people at Atlus. "
I'm not really worried about the cell phone game acquisition so much as them being owned by a larger corporation solely now. Just hope it doesn't become profit profit profit and take away the freedom they have had to experiment with some unique titles
Posted by ryanwho

Well they'll continue publishing the j-pop date sim bullshit you guys love. Bumpy Trot? Probably not so much. Gust games? Not so much (no loss here).

Posted by trophyhunter
@ryanwho said:
" Well they'll continue publishing the j-pop date sim bullshit you guys love. Bumpy Trot? Probably not so much. Gust games? Not so much (no loss here). "
I got a bad case of the bumpy trots.
Posted by Robitt
@Junpei said:
" @papercut said:
" I don't suspect that a cell phone game company to have any large effect on the people at Atlus. "
I'm not really worried about the cell phone game acquisition so much as them being owned by a larger corporation solely now. Just hope it doesn't become profit profit profit and take away the freedom they have had to experiment with some unique titles "
Well haven't Atlas been bringing in money? Cause if they have, I suspect the parent-company will let them experiment all they want. If they start selling less on the other hand..
Posted by Brodehouse

It's all good in the hood.
 
Ironically, the things people hate Square Enix for are exactly what they wanted Square to do in the 90s.  Because video game enthusiasts are fickle, unpleasable jerks whose only real enthusiasm is for complaining.

Posted by AhmadMetallic
@onarum said:
" @MysteriousBob said:
" Maybe once they make a decent game, I'll start caring. "
Maybe once you actually play an Atlus game you can pass judgment? "
for some reason i feel i can pass that judgement without playing any of their games 
so i agree with bobby there
Posted by FluxWaveZ
@Ahmad_Metallic said:
" @onarum said:
" @MysteriousBob said:
" Maybe once they make a decent game, I'll start caring. "
Maybe once you actually play an Atlus game you can pass judgment? "
for some reason i feel i can pass that judgement without playing any of their games so i agree with bobby there "
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