Atlus are in a spot of hot water, due to no fault of their own but rather the shady business deals operated by parent company Index, who have a hand in pretty much every cookie jar.
It’s a shame that one day the cookie crumbled and they declared bankruptcy in June and troubles with fraud taking Atlus down with them. The stock will be delisted on July 28th and subsidiaries will be sold from next week.
IDigitalTimes are quick to name Nintendo as the most likely bidder due to their close working relationship with the company, noting the pairs close working relationship.
“As a matter of fact, I’d like to suggest that a Nintendo-led acquisition of Atlus may actually have been in the works for some time. That’s because Nintendo has been working unusually closely with Atlus lately, treating them practically like an in-house studio. That may be because Atlus is about to become one.”
“But that’s not the biggest evidence that Ninty will bail out the Atlus bankruptcy. The biggest is their actual crossover title, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, in active development for Wii U.”
So how about a little counter-argument, Sony have maintained a close relationship with Atlus for years, housing the Persona franchise. Index also registered a website name for Persona 5 not too long ago, one of the studios most hotly anticipated titles.
Lastly Atlus have found success on numerous platforms and there’s no chance that Nintendo or Sony would be willing to share, what outsider maintains a close tie with Atlus? How about SEGA, they announced a publishing partnership with Atlus earlier this year and could be an unbiased bidder for the studio.
Despite the authors’ favouritism, I don’t want to see Nintendo hold reign over Atlus and would prefer the task fall upon Square Enix or SEGA, someone who won’t turn one of my favourite game developers into a first-party studio.