Neoseeker : News : Atlus' parent company Index Corporation files for Civil Rehabilitation, steps to avoid bankruptcy
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Mikau Kahn Jun 27, 13
Disgaea... Etrian Odyssey... Summon Night...


THEY CAN'T GO BANKRUPT! SOMEONE GIVE THEM MONEY OR SOMETHING.
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Shadow of Death Jun 27, 13
Mikau Kahn - No worries about Disgaea. Atlus hasn't published any of the games since the PS2 version. It's been NISA that localized it, even the PSP version of Disgaea 1 (Afternoon of Darkness. Disgaea DS on the DS).

Still, this is a bit worrying. I wouldn't think they'd can Atlus, since it's well loved and I wouldn't think it's unprofitable. Though they may try to 'rework' it to make it more profitable (and that could ruin it for the fans, if they screw with it too much).
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Virtue Jun 27, 13
This is a shame. I'm not worried about Atlus completely going under (their games are too profitable to not be of some use to another company), but I am concerned about their creative direction depending on where they go. Assuming someone else ends up buying them out, they may not have the type of freedom they had under Index. Hopefully another company will have the common knowledge to avoid repairing something that isn't broken.
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XXIV Jun 27, 13
I think that in the press release they put out, they might be selling off Atlus. If that happens, Nintendo should buy. A lot of people will disagree, but look over to Monolith.
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Wakaman Jun 27, 13
I'll damn near riot if something happens to Atlus.

*bleep* man
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AkaiEdge Jun 27, 13
"Atlus could also be losing money, in which case Index may be forced to outright shut it down. Or it could be somewhere in-between and Index will either try and sell the Atlus and its assets or fiddle with it in some other meaningful way."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbeR6uYxU50
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Heartlesswithaheart Jun 27, 13
And thus Atlus begins to sink due to no fault of their own. Figures they're falling when companies that need to go to Hell like EA still aren't under. If they actually do sink, the industry will take a huge hit in quality.
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Zombie_Barioth Jun 27, 13
quote XXIV
I think that in the press release they put out, they might be selling off Atlus. If that happens, Nintendo should buy. A lot of people will disagree, but look over to Monolith.
They could certainly do worse than ending up at Nintendo, thats for sure. They had a reputation for playing hard ball in the past but they've been pretty good about letting companies under their wing have creative freedom. They pretty much let Rare and Game Freak do whatever they want from what I've heard.

Atlus might not be the most profitable company in the world but they don't seem to be unprofitable either. If Atlus is one of the only profitable parts of the company they might try to maximize their profits to help get themselves out of the red zone though, but hopefully they have enough sense not to mess with a good thing.
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Night Surgeon Jun 27, 13
Nooo. I need my Persona 5. D=
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XXIV Jun 27, 13
Zombie_Barioth
Perhaps don't mention Rare. They aren't the best example. Think Monolith; X is anything but classic Nintendo.
Also, I feel like Atlus could really make amazing games with Ninty. The additional exposure through advertisements could actually boost the sales for SMT (just using the SMT tag for all SMT related products, including Persona, Devil Summoner, Devil Survivor etc.) and EO, as well as opening the door for more home console games. Of course, there are other companies, like Square and Capcom, though with the high sales they always expect, I doubt it greatly, Namco Bandai, who really need to get their act together for localizing (JUST GIVE ME THE DAMN DIGIMON!), Sony, who probably wouldn't anyway, just because they seem to have a greater focus on the west right now, with Freedom Wars (?) being the only title I know of coming from an internal studio that has a high appeal rate for the eastern market, and even if they did, they would dissolve the studio a year later, and Sega, but with the financial place they're in right now, I doubt it quite a bit.
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Zombie_Barioth Jun 27, 13
XXIV
My point was that back then Nintendo let Rare do pretty much whatever they wanted, they left them alone to do their own thing for the most part. What I've heard came from interviews with ex-Rare employees and the higher ups at Game Freak. I can't imagine why they wouldn't do the same for Atlus, especially since they've already proven their worth as a company. At the vary least Nintendo would probably really push their games, just like they've been doing with Monster Hunter.
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Axe Jun 27, 13
While I wish nothing but the best for Atlus and everybody that works there, I'm going to go ahead and be a Negative Nancy here.

Nintendo, please keep your grubby paws off of Atlus. While MegaTen's basically Nintendo-exclusive at this point anyway, Atlus as a publisher regularly takes quirky, unique titles for many consoles and pushes them to release when many others wouldn't, at least not without gutting them of their creativity. This is in addition to their own refreshing, usually deep games. And, it's a cheap shot, but it fits: The difference between you and Atlus is about 60 Mario games.
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