For the last month or so, the big question on the minds of many RPG fans was Who will buy Atlus? after the parent company Index Corporation was made to list the company for auction. Today SEGA Sammy, the parent company of SEGA, confirmed that they have not just purchased Atlus – but Index Holdings as a whole in an auction for a total of 14 Billion yen (£88,000,000).
The deal is set to be concluded on 1st November and will see this newly acquired arm being renamed to SEGA Dream Corporation.
It is currently unknown how this will affect the development of Atlus titles, such as the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem Wii U game, which is being co-developed by Atlus and Intelligent Systems.
Late last month, SEGA were strongly rumoured as being the number one bidder for Atlus. Now, the company is in ownership of numerous Atlus intellectual properties such as the Etrian Odyssey, Persona and Shin Megami Tensei franchises. Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan was released in Europe at the end of last month.