Sega acquires Persona dev Atlus

Paul Yan September 20, 2013 - 4:27 am

Sega has purchased Atlus from its financially troubled parent company Index Corporation. Atlus is known for JRPGs such as the successful Persona and Megami Tensei series.

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Sega confirmed that it has bought Persona developer Atlus after its parent company Index Corporation filed for bankruptcy in June of last year, reports Gematsu (via GI.biz via alistdaily).

Sega was reportedly one of 20 companies that bid for Atlus, and according to Japanese news site Nikkei, Sega bought the developer for $140 million.

Atlus’ acquisition means that Sega now owns some mighty fine IPs including the Megami Tensei series, Persona series, and Etrian Odyssey series. In an official document about the purchase, Sega notes that the IPs are important and indicates interest in making content for mobile devices.

Last year, Sega, which served as Index’s distributer in Japan, acquired Relic Entertainment after THQ went bust. Relic is known for the acclaimed Company of Heroes series, and now that Sega has got their hands on the Persona and Megami Tensei series, things are starting to look pretty good for Sega.

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