Atlus Absorbed by Parent Company

By Chad Awkerman

August 30, 2010

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.

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Chad Awkerman

Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.

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