Sega Sammy’s Chief Operating Officer, Naoya Tsurumi, the company that purchased and acquired Index Holdings and Atlus, stated in a recent interview with Famitsu magazine that Atlus is free to use any of their dormant Sega IPs, as well as any of their resources for game development:
The people of Index will continue working thoroughly, and Sega have no plans to undertake any of their work. However, we’re at a point where Sega is offering Index to freely make use of any resources they may have, that Index does not. Index will be keeping many of their fine qualities, such as Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei IP, and many others.
When asked about the future of the Atlus brand, he answered:
As a new company, we will venture together, with Index working as an independent company. The plan is to have Atlus and Sega continue shining as brands, while aiming to increase their degree of independence. Similar to the studio we’ve acquired from overseas [note: presumably Relic], they’ll continue managing their own brands and IPs, and making them bigger. Then, Sega will be the ones to sell them. So, think of it as us telling them “Continue working on your own IPs with pride and confidence—the sky is the limit.