Amidst a great deal of turmoil Atlus just carries on.
The developer of such awesome titles as Catherine , the Persona series and Shin Megami Tensei, and publisher of hits like Demon's Souls and 3D Dot Game Heroes recently faced a bit of ownership tension. I'll spare you the details; basically they wound up being owned by Sega.
As throngs of people waiting for word on Persona 5 looked back at the questionable decisions Sega made this last generation there was plenty of speculation about what might be done to Atlus under new direction.
In the end Sega appears to have chosen the wiser path. The totality of their changes seem to be the introduction of Naoya Tsurumi, Sega's Chief Operating Officer, as Atlus' new president. So where does that leave the creative direction of the company? Nowhere scary thankfully. In fact, it should leave gamers hopeful.
We know Persona 5 is on the way and Sega seems happy to mostly leave Atlus to their own devices, as reported by Siliconera.
Tsurumi: “The plan is to have Atlus and Sega continue shining as brands, while aiming to increase their degree of independence.
Similar to the studio we’ve acquired from overseas, they’ll continue managing their own brands and IPs, and making them bigger… Think of it as us telling them ‘Continue working on your own IPs with pride and confidence—the sky is the limit.'”
That isn't the end of the good news though, Sega also appears to be open to letting Atlus work on Sega's own franchises.
“While we have no intention of forcing this, we’d definitely love to have them utilize any of Sega’s dormant IPs."
There are plenty that haven’t been active. [laughs] However, the new company just recently got started, so there’s nothing on the table for now, but we’ll definitely be giving it more thought.”
Related Game(s): Persona 4 Golden, Persona 4 Arena , Persona 5