According to Japanese business site Nikkei, Sega Sammy Holdings just purchased Index Holdings (the parent company of Atlus) for 14 Billion yen, which is equal to about $140 Million. It seems that Sega will be acquiring Index sometime in November, which will involve a restructuring of the company.
It seems that Sega is interested in using Index’s assets to develop for smartphones. Keep in mind that Index Holdings started off as a mobile content service provider and has continued to hold on to that specialty during their rapid expansion, so this is not absolute confirmation that Sega has purchased Atlus just yet.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more news comes in.
Update: Sega Sammy Holdings actually just issued a short statement saying that nothing has been officially announced yet about the acquisition of Index Corporation. The wording is very cryptic, and sound more like a “no comment” than a straight denial, but we’ll have to wait for an official announcement at this stage.
Update 2: that didn’t last long. Sega has now officially announced the acquisition of both Index and Atlus, including Atlus’ IPs.