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Sega announces restructure of Persona dev Atlus

Parent company to be divided into development and business

Sega has announced the next step in its acquisition of Atlus parent company Index Corporation, which will divided into two companies.

The Index deal saw Sega acquire Atlus, developer and publisher of cult games such as Tactics Ogre, Trauma Center and the Persona series, in September 2013 in an agreement believed to be worth $140 million.

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Gematsu reports that from April 1 the company's 121-strong game development team will split into a separate firm known as Atlus.

A second company, Index Division, will be comprised of 166 employees and responsible for the content and solutions business. Index Digital Media, Inc. - Index Corporation's overseas subsidiary - will change its name to Atlus U.S.A

Sega said the purpose of the divide is to 'maximize the creation of synergies' within Sega Sammy, as well as within each industry of the Sega Group.

Yukio Sugino, the current Sega managing director and Index company director, will act as Atlus' new representative.

Atlus, founded in 1986, has earned a unique standing in the games industry for providing high quality Japan-developed games to western audiences.

Its publishing and development enterprise led to the western release of games such as Demon's Souls, Trauma Center and more.

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