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Sega to acquire Atlus parent company for $140 million

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After a fierce month of rumors that have turned out to be true, it looks like Sega Sammy Holdings will acquire Index Corporation, the parent company of Atlus, for $140 million. The acquisition will take place in November and according to Sega, the company expects to “achieve steady flows of revenue” through this acquisition of IPs.

Today marked the final conclusion of the business transfer agreement, with the transfer due to take place on November 1st if all goes well with approval of the court. Index Corporation was rumored to have nearly 20 companies interested in purchasing Atlus, with bids as high as $203 million. According to Bloomberg Japan, the bids for Atlus exceeded predictions by more than ¥5 billion.

Despite the bankruptcy proceedings and the subsequent acquisition by Sega, an Atlus representative has confirmed that all of its games are on target to hit their scheduled release dates.

[via Polygon]

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  • Marcus Navarro

    …I really don’t know how to feel about this.

    Edit: Would that mean that SEGA has ownership of ALL of Index’s assets, including Atlus?
    Edit#2: Y’know, if SEGA’s acquisition of Index gets them back to former glory, then maybe we could see a Dreamcast 2.0…and the rebirth of the SEGA-Nintendo rivalry…

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Yes. Atlus now belongs to Sega and all IPs associated with Atlus are now under the Sega umbrella.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Why didnt you give examples of the new IPs (for SEGA) in the article? Maybe its something we will see on Ninty in the future?

        • Marcus Navarro

          Persona and Shin Megami Tensei. Those are the only IPs they need…

          • TaintedXGamer

            wait……. this is a stupid idea but sonic and persona/ Shin Megami Tensei crossovers possibly? -winces-

          • Marcus Navarro

            e_e

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Those two have nothing in common gameplay wise. Doubtful.

          • Andrew Chambers

            I think both Sega and Atlus would agree that Persona should stay on Sony consoles.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Agreed.

    • Mario

      Uuuhhhh!!! Really? But they were starting to become good friends! Why break the friendship?

  • howling_wolf1334:[

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      …..?

  • Mohammad Badir

    well, SEGA and Nintendo are currently in a partnership, so yeah, my SMT X FE lives on!

  • Archiq09

    At least, Nintendo will not lost his exclusive.

    • Marcus Navarro

      Couldn’t say the same for Sony. Now they probably have to dole out the big bucks for another Persona AND Nintendo can also get Persona on their consoles.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        That’s if Sega ports it to Nintendo consoles. Them buying Atlus doesn’t guarantee that. Lol. If there is some contract involved, then it’s doubtful.

        • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

          “if there is some contract”

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            There*

            I think it’s possible. Even with that said, there’s never been a Persona game on a Nintendo console, so I don’t see it changing at this moment of time.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            ty

  • Henry Hotspur

    And here I was hoping Sega would go bankrupt.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      I’m sure the employees who work for Sega would be thrilled. Don’t be a douche.

    • Jon

      Why? they are one of the big supports for Nintendo….. do you want Nintendo’s supports to go bankrupt?

  • poopsex

    Sega will abandon Nintendo when they realize they backed the wrong horse this generation.

    • poopsex

      I love Nintendo, but come on, development of games that wont turn a profit on a small install base is a really stupid business move.

      • Mohammad Badir

        yeah the Wii, DS, and 3DS all have tiny install bases. oh wait.

        • poopsex

          Yeah, and Sega is still supporting the Wii and DS…. oh wait.
          The 3DS is fine, but we’re on a Wii U site and unfortunately the Wii U wont be the most profitable system for 3rd party developers this generation and it is ignorant to think otherwise.

      • Marcus Navarro

        When are you Nintendo truthers gonna learn? The Wii U isn’t even a year old yet…

        • poopsex

          What am I going to learn? That historically, and this is going back a few gaming generations, 3rd party games don’t sell nearly as well on Nintendo systems? I am not saying only Nintendo makes good games on their consoles, heck I
          bought Gamecube/Wii/WiiU launch day and have hundreds of games from
          many different publishers.
          The truth is two new consoles coming out this year that are already proving to be outselling the WiiU, PS3 and 360 are still decent consoles and will be supported for another few years. People arent seeing a Wii U as a must buy console. Nintendo has been a second/third console for people since the N64. When people talk about Nintendo consoles now how often do you hear ;”I bought it only for Zelda/Smash Bros/Mario Kart”, whens the last time I heard someone say they bought a Nintendo console for 3rd party game?

          • Jon

            um…. there are like 600k (might be 700k by now) pre-orders for the PS4 in NA and less in other parts. So I don’t think it is quite outselling the Wii U yet. Don’t forget, the Wii U also had a large amount of pre-orders. It will not be until after the system release sales boom where we will see how well they are actually selling.

          • jay

            Come Sept. 20. me and millions of others are hitting the stores for a Wii U.

          • Jon

            no thanks, I already got my Wii U last November :)

    • wober2

      If the this year’s sonic games do not sell well I think this will happen. Sad that nintendo is only drumming up momentum for wiiu now…

      • Mohammad Badir

        you are forgetting that Lost World is coming to the 3DS too -.-

        • wober2

          Yeah hopefully that is a good version. I wonder: how generations did on the 3ds?

          • TaintedXGamer

            by comparison, Lost world 3DS bests Generations for 3D, but generation wins hands down for 2D gameplay

  • SonicLucario

    Well at least its Sega……right?

    • Leo

      Exactly! At least its Sega and now we have a good chance to see those IPs on every console including Nintendo.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Persona I think won’t be on Nintendo consoles. It’s just a guess on my end. Why that there’s never been a Persona game on a Nintendo console beats the hell out of me. Only thing that comes to mind is that they don’t see profit on Nintendo consoles or there isn’t enough fans asking for it. Who knows.

        • DragonSilths

          There was a Persona game in the works for the 3DS quite awhile ago along with 3 other games from Atlus, SMT, Etrian Odyssey and something else….we have 3 of those currently.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      True true.

    • Alex

      Yup, now we have another problem Capcom is getting bankrupt, what a coincidence.

  • Guest

    Er……Yay?

  • Deezy

    so um… didn’t you guys liked the sonic adventure games? My favorite char was knuckles until shadow came out

    • Marcus Navarro

      Yes, yes and yes! My favorite character remained Knuckles. Shadow’s too emo for me.

  • Nolan ArchLord

    I have no idea what to make of this… Sega’s okay… right?

  • Jack5221

    Sega buying atlus = win for Nintendo.

  • gtosheex

    better than sony!

    • Deezy

      i doubt that sony would ever partner with bankrupt companies

      • Ducked

        Exactly

      • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

        it’s to dangerous for them

      • Wayne Beck

        They are a bankrupt company.. >.>

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Lol. Not exactly. Their company as a whole is fine. Their gaming division is at stake, yes. If they leave the gaming industry, they’ll continue to be around as a electronics company. In other words, they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

    • Saul Rivera

      Well Sony was almost bankrupt themselves…they wouldn’t have had the money to acquire them…though with the new president it seems they’ve been rising bit by bit again

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        If they were almost bankrupt, I doubt they would release the PS4.

        • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

          i’m with you, but some times the companies take the risk.
          This isn’t the case.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Yeah. If they were that bad in debt, I don’t think they would really take the risk on the PS4 being a huge success. It’d be wise to hold off. I think they’re not as in bad shape as the media likes us to think.

        • Jon

          they were almost backrupt, back when the PS3 was released, it sold horrible and they had a lot of money issues however that slowly came back as the PS3 became successful. The PS4 is what I believe they are hoping to be their saving grace so if the PS4 doesn’t do so well, you can probably kiss Sony goodbye, at least in the video game department.

          • Marcus Navarro

            The Xperia Z sold over 200M units in Europe at approx. $300 a pop, so Sony’s gonna be alright. Even though their VAIO laptops suck and their TVs are being outsold(or dominated) by Korean TVs. Their game branch is losing them the most money. If I remember correctly, Sony and MS investors want their respective companies to sell the gaming branches.

            Edit: Aw lawd, I just read the part where you said, “…at least in the video game department.” :P

          • Jon

            Yeah they will be alright overall because of their other branches such as phones or whatever. But they were having a lot of trouble before and then managed to bring them selves back enough to release a new console which will be the life or death of their gaming side.

          • Marcus Navarro

            “…they were having a lot of trouble before and then managed to bring themselves back enough to release a new console which will be the life or death of their gaming side.” No thanks to the gaming branch itself. The corporation’s financing dept. continues to pour money into SCE. If SCE was its own company, it would’ve tanked HARD. And yes, the fate of the entire branch rests on the PS4 being a blockbuster.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Sony sold way more consoles than Nintendo even though they released fewer. But every console they have released have become a success. That is not true with Nintendo. Nintendos first two consoles was successful, and of course the Wii (that still sold less than the average Sony console). N64, GCN and Wii U have all been failures when compared to its best competitors.

            PS1 sold over 100M, PS2 sold over 150M, PS3 sold over 75M and is still selling. That is 325M consoles in total. NES sold 60M, SNES sold 50M, N64 sold 33M, GCN sold 21M, Wii sold 100M and Wii U has so far only sold 3.45M. Total sales of Nintendo is 268M generously calculated. Nintendo’s 268M is divided on six consoles while Sonys 325M is divided on only three consoles. On an average a Nintendo console sells 53M (excluded the Wii U, but as it probably wont sell anything near 53M the average will be even lesser). On an average a Sony console sells about 107.5M that is 7M more than Nintendos best selling product. That is the best sale Nintendo manage to do even though they been in the industry for over 30 years.

            Its all about the games? Well, we could look at that too…

            Nintendo:
            Total Nintendo Entertainment System games sold as of June 30, 2013: 500.01 million.

            Total Super Nintendo Entertainment System games sold as of June 30, 2013: 379.06 million

            Total Nintendo 64 games sold as of June 30, 2013: 224.97 million

            Total Nintendo GameCube games sold as of June 30, 2013: 208.57 million

            Total Wii games sold as of June 30, 2013: 872.73 million.

            Total Wii U games sold as of June 30, 2013: 14.44 million.

            Total: 2200M
            ———————————————————-
            Sony:
            Total PlayStation games shipped as of March 31, 2007: 962 million

            Total PlayStation 2 games shipped as of March 31, 2007: 1.24 billion.

            Total PlayStation 3 games sold as of March 31, 2012: 595 million

            Total: 2500M
            ——————————-

            Nintendo sold 300M fewer games on all their 6 consoles than Sony did on their 3. On an average Nintendo sold 367M games on every console. Sony sold over 800M. That is 450M more on every console on an average.

          • Marcus Navarro

            Erm…are you leaving out the handhelds on purpose? Along with other Nintendo consoles?

            Edit: The DS sold over 150M(is the 2nd bestseller of all time behind the PS2), the GB+GBC sold over 110M, and the GBA sold over 80M. Bear in mind that all of these handhelds, while having a lower price tag then the home console in their respective generations, have gathered more profits for Nintendo than those for Sony, especially the 3DS and with the exception of the DS(PS2 sold 500M games). To say Sony squandered their PS2 money on the PS3 would be an understatement.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Yes, I think the handhelds represent a different category here. Its a different section of the market. Also I dont think Nintendo is in serious problems in that area. They are dominating it and will probably do that as long handheld devices remain popular. I never heard anyone believing that they are doing bad on that front.

            Edit: Well profit here equal to that you as a consumer get less for the money you pay.

          • Marcus Navarro

            You’d be surprised at the amount of fanboys that think the 3DS is a failure and the 2DS is Nintendo stating it as such…

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I was a bit uncertain about the 2DS myself before. But I actually start to think thats a good idea. 3DS looks like a great product, and the sales confirms that it is accepted as a great product too. But I think its important to separate handhelds and consoles from each others. They are different segments of the market, and will probably become even more separated in the years to come (I believe that the manufacturers recognizes this too as they seems to try to connect the handhelds to the consoles).

            Btw, Im not a Sony Fanboy. I dont own a Sony Console, and didnt have one since the PS2 (wich I barely touched). But I had every Nintendo system, Not a Nintendo fanboy though.

          • Wayne Beck

            You really need to learn how to define success better. It doesn’t matter how many consoles you sell if your not making any money. Sony has been completely broke for years and only got back in the black this year.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I see that you become angry just by looking at hard facts. Well thats your fault, not mine.

            But OK! Nintendo should maybe change their slogan from Its all about the games to Its all about the money.

          • Wayne Beck

            I’m not angry, you are factually incorrect. Sony’s sales over ten years are comparable to Nintendo’s sales over 5 years. The difference is Nintendo makes money because they don’t sell everything at a loss for 7 out of 10 years, just to get sales. If Nintendo designed Consoles for a 10 year life cycle, like Sony does, they would average a hundred million units on every console too. But they make consoles for 5 year life cycles and average 50 million consoles instead. This allows them to make the only real measure of success in any business, A Profit.

          • Wayne Beck

            Also, you should at the very least, if your going to use incomparable numbers, point out that Sony makes markets and sells consoles for 10 years. Nintendo only markets their consoles for 5 years.

            You should also point out that Nintendo’s first three consoles were released long before video games were popular or mainstream.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            No, I should certainly not point out that. Because that is a lie. NES became very mainstream. And the lifespan of a console is hardly an argument pro Nintendo. Its a con argument.

          • Marcus Navarro

            You do need to define success better. He had no idea if you meant the success of the home consoles or the success of their creators. I do agree that not everything Nintendo touched turned to gold(Virtual Boy and the Gamecube can verify that), and those consoles tanked and disappointed, respectively. I won’t address the companies since that’s not relevent, but if you weren’t comparing the companies’ home consoles, most Nintendo consoles were successful, even the underwhelming Gamecube.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I kind of gave it away in the comparisons didnt I?

          • Wayne Beck

            You are a profoundly ignorant person if you think the 10 year Console Life Cycle is in any way a good thing.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I don’t think all are, but in the PS2′s case, it certainly worked well. While Nintendo only does 5 year cycles, that doesn’t take away from Sony’s PSone or PS2′s success.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Its a good thing for PS3 too. It will continue to sell. Im going to pick one up myself soon.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Good choice. Lots of great games to choose from. :)

          • Leo

            If you consider that PS3 will continue to sell (which i agree btw since Sony clearly made the console to last 8-10 years), how can you possibly expect that the PS4 will be such a smash success and sell millions in its first few years? From a business perspective, its not good for a company having two consoles disputing the same market, because it dilutes their financial prospections. Nintendo knows it better and has kept its consoles in a very tied 5-6 years life cycle precisely to avoid competition by its own products.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Of course its a good thing. And it actually means that Nintendos consoles are overpriced. And that goes for the games too.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I don’t see how it’s bad. I guess the PS2 was a fail because it lasted 12 years in production.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Nintendo actually wanted to do the same with the Wii but was unable to, because the tech it was buildt on was to old and outdated. But Sony managed to do this because it kept up with the Wii.. Wii didnt win its gen, PS2 did.

          • Wayne Beck

            Actually, they didn’t come back at all. They have only stopped bleeding money this year and are barely in the black. The PS4 is sink or swim for Sony. If it fails to generate money, regardless of how popular it is, Sony may be forced to drop it’s tech divisions to save it’s music and movie business.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Perhaps, but even with what you said, that doesn’t mean it’s the end for them in the video game industry. Lol. The way preorders have gone, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that the PS4 will be successful and will lead this generation. To each their own on this one.

            Even if the PS4 fails to reach PS3 in sales, I don’t think it’ll be the last we see of Sony.

        • Saul Rivera

          The company as a whole was almost bankrupt at one point..but as I said they surely arose again bit by bit…hell I remember the memes of a sinking ship with Sony’s name on it..

          Releasing new products are always a risk too but time will tell as always…I for one will eventually get a PS4 but when the second wave of designs arrive maybe…there are lessons to be learned from being the first to buy ha!

        • jay

          Their gaming division is basically bankrupt. It’s the other arms keeping them afloat.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            So the media says. I don’t believe everything I read. Nor should you, but feel free to. Perhaps they are or perhaps not. It’s like I said before, if they were that bankrupt, they wouldn’t put this much effort in for the PS4, so apparently they must have more money than the media wants us to believe. This is why I take all articles with a grain of salt. Just like articles saying “Wii U is doomed,” it’s all there to draw public attention, and naturally, people eat it up.

            To each their own.

          • Gotallofthem

            Yes is a whole big conspiracy for the general public to believe that Sony is broke, those damn media outlets……..

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            More often than not, the media does do that often. We see bad news often about the Wii U. While a good amount is true, but others just exaggerate it. Sony may be broke with their gaming division, but as a whole company they’re doing just fine. You may believe what you wish. Not here to change what people think.

            To each their own.

          • greengecko007

            It’s the other way around. Playstation is the continuously profitable part of Sony, while they struggle to consistently sell TVs, stereos, computers, etc. Playstation was obviously successful enough to merit the production of the PS2, which had Wii level success, and the PS3, while initially sold at a loss, has been profitable for years.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Perfectly put.

        • Andrew Chambers

          Atlus was doing great, yet the parent company obviously was not. It’s a similar situation. SCE is one of the parts of Sony that’s profitable.

  • Arthur Jarret

    Could be much worse. I like Sega. I do hope Sega will improve their localization efforts, though.

  • Spike Ashford

    Honestly wanted Nintendo to buy them. But, Sega is a nice alternative. Both companies have a good relationship, so we’ll definitely still be getting Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, and there’s still potential for other Atlus games to come to Nintendo platforms.

    • jay

      It wasn’t gonna happen with Nintendo. I posted this on the old articles.

    • DragonSilths

      The issue with SMT X FE is Sega has a history or keeping RPG’s in Japan…

  • wober2

    At first I wanted someone like Nintnedo or Sega to buy them but the more I think about it… It is sad when the amount of publishers and when companies buy up each other it dilutes more independent perspectives, also usually has layoffs.

    I really need this recession (or whatever this is) to be over! cmon… please?!

  • Albert Lucero Jr

    140 million dollars?? With the amount of Money Nintendo has in the bank, I wonder what their reason was for not buying Atlus? Maybe Nintendo and Sega talked before the purchase and Sega told Nintendo they would still get the same games they were getting before otherwise I don’t understand why Nintendo would not jump on this.

    • Mohammad Badir

      maybe because this isn’t just Atlus that’s up for bidding, but Index as a whole -.-

  • Deezy

    Being serious right now; SEGA should’ve died a long, long time ago. I have to give them credit as a company because though they had some abandoned consoles that led to bankruptcy, they had their survival moments from suing accolade, to buying assets from THQ which is also happening to Atlus.

    They also had merged with Bandai for a short period in the 90s and tried to merge with MS in 2001 but was rejected. But that $600M from the CEO of CSK was the best thing that can happen to SEGA. They might’ve had a horrible past but they gained alot of wisdom and experience through it all.

    • Marcus Navarro

      “Some abandoned consoles…” <—Understatement of the century.

  • Super Buu

    Good to know that Atlus would remain third party. The good thing about it being SEGA is that they have a great relationship with Nintendo.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Perfect parent company for Atlus.

    • Marcus Navarro

      Please clarify. I’m quite on the fence about this decision right now.

  • sdmac200600

    I read that sega has denied that they have index. It says it on segasammy japanese site

  • Ross Brocklesby

    If they bring persona to wii u I’m happy

  • Jon

    I never expected to see Sega buy this…. I had hoped it would be Nintendo but Sega is fine. Nintendo and Sega are good partners so we will probably get the games as well :) Much better than M$ or Sony

  • Gordo

    It’s good that sega bought them. Now Sony and nintendo can both get the games. Just hope they still localize them. v,v

  • TULFich

    Index is bought by SEGA, so SEGA is now the parent company of ATLUS, and SEGA has been one of the best partners to nintendo troughtout the recent years. Son nintendo gets more ATLUS games (even if not exclusives) bold move :)

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Just because they bought Atlus doesn’t mean more games for Nintendo. Lol. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now. It’s a nice thought to think about, but that may not be the reality of things. Just like a lot of Nintendo fans want Persona, and they have to keep in mind that this deal doesn’t guarantee that.

      It’s not hating on Nintendo, I just don’t jump to conclusions.

      • Merrfn

        It is the most logical conclusion to jump to, as it does make sense, however I agree. It is like somebody saying that the Wii U will win this generation.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          I don’t see the Wii U winning at all. I know people hate reading that, but people might have to face it if it doesn’t sell at all after this year.

          • Merrfn

            I can’t picture it winning, but I can picture it turning a profit and beating the Xbox One.

            My point was not to do what you and me just did. Predict.

            For all we know Sony could do what they did with the PS3 in reverse, or the Xbox One could outsell all competitors by a tenfold, SEGA could turn around and pull the finger at Nintendo and then release a new console that destroys all the competition!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Or the Steambox comes into the market and Valve says “Half Life 3 confirmed.” Gamers will never be the same again.

          • Merrfn

            Thats actually a good prediction that makes sense. Holy sh*t if the steam box had HL3 exclusive…

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            If that was announced, goodbye Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. Steam is where it’s at. I wish Valve would enter the market now. Then we won’t have to read the annoying “Half Life 3 Confirmed” memes everywhere.

          • Merrfn

            That would be terrible for the industry. No competition is bad…

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Well I meant that I would be gone and with Valve with Steambox. Of course the competiion will exist. I wouldn’t want Sony or Nintendo gone. Microsoft can go back to making more crap versions of Windows.

          • Merrfn

            Personally, I would love it if Valve took Microsofts place.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Same here dude. If Valve has huge discount sales on Steambox as well, that’s going to bring in a lot of money. That’s one of the good benefits of PC gaming. Better discounts on games. It would be nice if the competition did something similar, but I don’t expect it.

          • Merrfn

            And if it has low pricing like the Ouya, it will sell like hotcakes.

            Cheap console + Cheap games= Win Win.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Perhaps Nintendo should try and take up that strategy.

          • Merrfn

            The Wii U pricing is fantastic in my opinion (after the drop). The average consumer will most likely buy the console 100-200 dollars less expensive.

            And on a side not, did you copy my term “universal gamer” in your profile bio. I don’t know if I used it first, either way I didn’t see it in yours when I used it and it doesn’t even matter in the first place. (¬‿¬)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Lol. Nah, I call myself that often in some of my posts. Didn’t even see it in your profile. Interesting coincidence nonetheless. I’d rather have that in my profile than PC Master Race Gamer. I’ve seen some use that, and I just shake my head at their narrow-mindedness. They’re usually fun to troll seeing as they’re pissed that GTA V isn’t on PC. :P

          • Merrfn

            The PC master race pisses me off so much. What also pisses me off are the retarded console fanboys who want to use GTA V to get a one up on PC gamers, and go far enough to make a petition to keep it off. But I do use GTA V to get a one up on the PC master race idiots because they deserve it.(´・ω・ `)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Lol! Yeah, the master race crap gets old and it was originally intended to parody PC elitists. They’ll argue that GTA V was developed on PC and ported to consoles. Even with that true, why isn’t it released on PC if that is so? Obvious answer is, there is more console gamers than PC.

            There’s no doubt that PC gaming is huge now, but porting to consoles like PS3 and 360 is more profitable and porting to PC isn’t that easy with a game like GTA V. Red Dead Redemption didn’t even make it to PC, so it’s possible that GTA V might not either. PC is master race, yet the so called master race makes developing for PC more difficult.

            One thing that console has over PC is better optimization. PC is open source, which makes it difficult to optimize since each PC is different and specifications are demanding if you don’t have a strong enough rig. With consoles, you just put the game in and play. That simple. PC runs into problems on and off which can make it a hassle.

            More importantly, is it really worth it to just upgrade your graphics card just for enhanced visuals so you can have bragging rights? In my opinion, I call it a waste of time. Graphics are nice, but you don’t need strong visuals to enjoy a game. Of course, PC elitists are too narrow-minded to understand that.

            Ahh well. They can stay stubborn while I play my copy of GTA V on PS3.

            P.S. All console and PC Elitists are ignorant and need to grow up. :)

          • Merrfn

            I believe that GTA V is coming to PC. Consoles just have a bigger market and more profit, so they are top of the priority list. Multiple retailing websites have had the game up and taken down. A pain in the ass for developers is one of the best things for PC consumers.

            If you buy a gaming PC it is mainly because you want fancy graphics, enjoy the customisation and freedom, or like cheap games (steam).

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I love PC gaming as much as console. Funny thing is, I have a strong PC and can run graphics on max settings. While they are a bonus, I just enjoy being able to browse the net and game at the same time. I’m pretty much a multitasker. Lol.

            Steam is the reason I got into PC gaming with it’s huge discounts on games. While I’m not a huge fan of mods, they do add replay value to some games. I just hate the gamers who are all obsessed with graphics and upgrade their towers just for that particular reason. Graphics are nice to look at, but it’s a lame reason to game on PC. Which is why I don’t really play online much except doing co-op with a group of friends.

            Can’t stand those people who are like “This game is awesome on “ultra settings.” People like that I can’t get along with. :)

          • Merrfn

            i gawt ultra setingz 1v1 me faget

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    2015: Dreamcast Reborn? hehe.
    /jk I’m glad to hear Sega Bought it, no offense but Microsoft would have screwed another developer like they did with Rareware. Sega is a company I feel comfortable with, but hey no one cares about the things in which I Feel comfortable, because I’m just one person. But I’m glad Sega took them in :D

  • Maris Rushmore

    It sucks that Nintendo didn’t have the balls or common sense to buy Atlus. I mean with the war chest of money they made off the original Wii, this would have been a relatively cheap purchase even for $140 Million. I just don’t get it? The Wii u, needs games… 3rd parties are putting watered down ports on your console while last gen Xbox 360 and ps3 get full versions… Nintendo is my favorite Game company and Wii u is awesome in my opinion but besides using it (the Wii u) to watch netflix and browse online… It is just collecting dust and that is a horrible shame…

    • Yen

      You never know, maybe Nintendo had a reason for not buying them? What was bought was the parent company Index, maybe Nintendo didn’t want the bundle?

    • Merrfn

      Hopefully there will be a flow of games coming in these following years. I agree that Nintendo really need third party developers. Once the big titles come in, units should sell fast and in turn attract more developers.

  • Mark

    As long as we are getting the crossover, I don’t care what company Atlus falls under. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true. I would have preferred Nintendo, but Sega seems fine as well.

  • Madmagican

    I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this but as long as we get the steady flow of games from Atlus that we’ve been getting I’ll be perfectly happy
    Also, Nintendo and Sega have a fairly decent relationship so it seems likely

  • Merrfn

    Not sure if good or bad news….

  • Jared Garcia

    Maybe this could be good for Sega as Atlus will make them some good Persona games.

  • therealruben1

    Sega and Nintendo have a deal,maybe we will see some exclusive atlus games

  • TheWichi

    Yeah! this is the second best option! (the best one was obviously nintendo).

  • Aamir Islam

    At least its Sega and not Square Enix