We reported just the other day that Sega is going to officially own Atlus by the end of November. We also mentioned that certain fans of the house that "Persona" built are less than pleased by such news.
Well, there's at least one party who is pleased as punch by the new business arrangement. And it's Atlus.
They're also sorry for anyone out there who might be worried, or at least Atlus's president and CEO feels that way. Naoto Hiraoka recently issued a statement for all his company's faithful fan, which Game Informer republished in its entirely:
Dear fans and customers,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your support of ATLUS products.
As announced Tuesday through various news channels, we are going to continue with our business operations as part of SEGA SAMMY HOLDINGS effective November 1, 2013.
As you may already know, Index Corporation filed for Civil Rehabilitation Proceedings in Japan on June 27 and since then, has been searching for a solution which would allow us to continue our business of making great games.
ATLUS has consistently received support and praise from our Faithful and our respected customers, and made great progress in recent years. So the recent incident must have surprised and worried all of you dearly. For that, I would like to express my deepest apologies.
We have nurtured a great relationship with SEGA Inc. for a long time, especially concerning our consumer games business in Japan. I believe the collaboration between the two companies at this time will be mutually beneficial for the following reasons:
Sega understands our drive to achieve quality and to expand awareness of the ATLUS brand.
Our respective strengths in game development complement each other well.
We are extremely happy to be able to continue with our business, and be able to report this good news to our fans and customers. Again, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported us.
Currently, we at the Consumer Software Division in Japan are focusing on developing future titles, and are willing to take on new challenges to further achieve growth and success.
Please stay tuned for future updates.
President and CEO
Well, if Atlus is happy, we should all be happy too. And who knows, if "Shenmue 3" ends up finally happening… and taking place in Inaba… then all that concern would have been for naught more certainly.