Sega confirmed as the new owner of Atluson September 18, 2013 by Geraint Evans
As we’d previously reported, Sega Sammy Holdings were among those bidding to acquire Atlus – who’s parent company Index are under investigation for some seriously dodgy dealings. Now, we’re very happy to confirm, that Sega have been successful in their bid – paying a reported ¥14 Billion – around $140 Million.
The deal is expected to be wrapped up by November the 1st and Index Corporation will now be called Sega Dream Corporation. ‘Atlus’, of course’ will remain unchanged. Management changes between Index and Sega, Nikkei reports, are already underway.
This is great news for those of you who feared Atlus might be snapped up by a third party – thereby restricting which consoles their much-loved IP will appear on.
One things is certain, judging by this line in a Sega Press Release – Japan is going to be seeing a whole world of Persona themed Pachinko and Pashislot machines… 😉
“(3) maximize the value of acquired IPs by effectively deploying them in the Pachislot and Pachinko Machines segment, Amusement Machine Sales and Amusement Center Operations segments.”
So, how do you guys feel about this acquisition? Glad it’s Sega? Or would you have preferred anyone else?