Persona developer Atlus, who is owned by the parent company Index Holdings, was today absorbed into that company via a merger. The approval process will be complete today, and, if things work out, it seems that Atlus, as a company, will no longer exist. This merger is designed to streamline their business model and more effectively align all of the company’s divisions.
If things are approved, this would go into effect on October 1, 2010, tentatively. The brand name “Atlus”, however, will remain around and on the games they currently have in development, which includes stuff as soon a Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City and stuff that is farther away, like Catherine and the rumored Persona 5.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit worried about this, but that is natural when a developer you like merges or changes business practices in some other way. It is likely nothing will change as far as the games we love go, but you never know.