Sega Sammy chief operating officer Naoya Tsurumi has said in a new Famitsu interview that Atlus is free to develop games for dormant Sega IP.
Tsurumi said that Atlus will continue to manage its own IP, and Sega will aid in the selling of those titles. Atlus will also be free to introduce more genres to the roster. “I believe that the addition of genres is a crucial factor,” he said, in part. “Especially with regard to the fact that Sega have never excelled in RPG titles. With consideration towards Atlus’ strengths, Japanese RPGs would be a prime example [of an added benefit].”
Tsurumi also added that Atlus is free to develop games for dormant Sega IP should they choose to. “While we have no intention of forcing this, we’d definitely love to have them utilize any of Sega’s dormant Ips.”
Sega acquired Atlus in September as part of a deal involving the purchase of its parent company Index Holdings. The deal is believed to be worth $140 million.