Atlus president and CEO, Naoto Hiraoka, has issued an official statement to explain to the company’s fans and customers Sega’s acquisition of Atlus.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your support of Atlus products,” the statement reads, in part. “As announced Tuesday through various news channels, we are going to continue with our business operations as part of Sega Sammy Holdings effective November 1, 2013.”
“We have nurtured a great relationship with Sega Inc. for a long time, especially concerning our consumer games business in Japan. I believe the collaboration between the two companies at this time will be mutually beneficial for the following reasons:
Sega understands our drive to achieve quality and to expand awareness of the Atlus brand.
Our respective strengths in game development complement each other well.”
“We are extremely happy to be able to continue with our business, and be able to report this good news to our fans and customers. Again, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported us.”
Sega acquired Atlus as part of a deal involving the purchase of its parent company Index Corporation. The deal reportedly cost $140 million and as a result Sega now has control over Atlus, its IP, and its Tokyo studio with nearly 400 staff.