UPDATE: Sega Sammy Splitting Index Corp. in Two: Atlus and Index

Monday, February 17th, 2014

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This article has been updated to reflect a statement made recently by Index Digital Media President and CEO Naoto Hiraoka. The addition has been placed at the end of the article, including a link to the full statement.

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Another change is coming for Index Corporation. However, unlike the last major change, this one is a bit more minor. Sega Sammy Holdings, the parent company of Index, is splitting the company into two separate entities: Atlus and Index. The new companies will still be working out of Sega’s Tokyo headquarters and will split the current staff of 287 people.

Atlus will be the company that splits away. They will be handling the gaming side, inheriting all the gaming intellectual properties of Index Corporation. The company will have 121 staff members and will be run by Yukio Sugino, the current managing director for Sega as well as Index’s company director.

Index Corporation will become a newly organized division under the Sega umbrella. The new Index will be handling the content delivery and systematic portions of the current Index. The company will have 166 staff members and will be run by the current executive vice president of Index, Yasuhiko Hamada.

In addition to the splitting of Atlus and Index, Index Digital Media, the Western subsidiary of the company, will officially change its name to Atlus USA, Inc. This will be the first time that the Atlus name will appear as a gaming company rather than a brand since 2010, when Index Holdings merged with ATLUS Co., Ltd., to form Index Corporation.

The change is expected to happen April 1st, 2014.

UPDATE: Naoto Hiraoka, senior vice president of the Consumer Software Division of Index Corporation and president and CEO of Index Digital Media, has made an official statement on the Atlus website about the matter. In addition to confirming the change, Hiraoka had this to say on why Sega Sammy made this decision.

As a part of the Sega Sammy group, we are determined to explore new ways of creating synergy and to expand our brand awareness around the world. Additionally, we have many undisclosed titles in the works. We hope that you look forward to these as much as we do.

Hiraoka also took time to thank the fans for their support over the years and promises that the new Atlus will do their best to “produce the highest quality products that will live up to your expectations, once again as ATLUS Co. Ltd.”

SOURCE via Gematsu

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  • Thanatos2k

    Sounds good to me. Atlus is the successful part anyways.

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    Change set to happen on April 1st? Uhoh.. April fools?

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      I was going to point out that the Squaresoft and Enix merger happened on April 1st so it’s a legit date, but then realised that would NOT allay any fears.

    • no

      Yeah, it’s a real pity that Square didn’t go bankrupt all those years ago, you’re right.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      Um… I was referring to the fact that Squaresoft was much better than Square Enix. Of course I wouldn’t want anyone going bankrupt. Apart from people losing jobs being terrible, they’ve still made a handful of good games (like TWEWY).

    • Ted Scott

      I’m pretty sure them fusing with Enix had nothing to do with the direction Square went in, especially since the Enix side (Dragon Quest) has been nothing but awesome.

      Provided it wasn’t hurting financially, I’m pretty sure Square would have followed pretty much the same path that it has, since most of the changes have more to do with how games themselves have changed over the years. IE the increasing demands of next gen development, consumer expectations (both good and bad), a more crowded market and competition, the declining popularity of JRPGs, etc.

      That said, Atlus is a very different situation, they’ve weathered the industry just as long as Square has, they’re just much smarter about how they make their games and the expectations consumers have. Atlus is a bro-tier developer and publisher. Sega would be legitimately crazy to try and mess with the good will Atlus has built up.

      Just realized how long this was, sorry for the mini-rant.

    • Thanatos2k

      The Tales of Vesperia PS3 version was also announced on April 1st, and I think that WAS Bamco mocking us with a joke.

  • Charlotte Buckingham

    Good to hear that Atlus are being kept separate. Hopefully Sega utilises them to bring over their own games in future, as well as Atlus’ games.

    • Vinicius

      I heard that Sega would use Atlus to localize Yakuza 5.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      I haven’t heard that, but I was thinking of that game when I wrote my initial comment! 😀

  • John Ellis

    So it will be how they were before they merged.

  • RagunaXL

    that sounds really good. like I’d know though… but glad to see atlus working directly under a video game company. and the business company crunching numbers for sega. will this mean shin megami tensei: nocturne for 3DS?