In case you all have not heard, Index, game development company Atlus’, parent company, is going bankrupt. Purportedly, they will be pulling a “THQ-styled” move by auctioning off all of their properties this week. These are very unfortunate circumstances for a company that has been around for as long as they have. They make, arguably, some of the greatest and beloved RPGs in the industry. Nevertheless, the purpose of this article is not to discuss their financial hardships into detail, but to discuss some of the happenings I have seen arise in the midst of it all – the always unavoidable debate between fandoms concerning who should acquire the studio and their assets. Of course the fan bases in question belong to two of the gaming world’s greatest giants – Nintendo and Sony.
Atlus has done a fantastic job at satisfying both fan bases with their games, from the Shin Megami Tensei games, Trauma Center games, the immensely popular Persona series, the Disgea series, and many more. The aforementioned games are a big part of the reason why fans of different backgrounds are crooning for Atlus to be attained by the right company. The decision of which company acquires Atlus could be a game changer in whether or not gamers world over will continue to enjoy all of these fantastic experiences on their consoles of choice.
Nintendo fans who want the company to buy Atlus are saying that Nintendo needs help. It’s no secret that one of Nintendo’s biggest issues has been getting content on their platforms in ample time. As was seen when the 3DS launched and what we are seeing now with the Wii U, Nintendo has been unacceptably slow with bringing their own content to their systems. It has gotten so bad, that global president, Satoru Iwata himself has come out and admitted that they are understaffed and are churning out games at a slower pace than expected. It goes without saying that touting Atlus under their reigns, alongside Retro Studios, Intelligent Systems, and Monolith Soft, would add something very special to Nintendo and a much needed breath of fresh air from their more pervasive titles.
Conversely, PlayStation fans are asking that Sony buy Atlus. The biggest reason being that one of Atlus’ most popular franchises, Persona, has done exceptionally well on PlayStation consoles and are a bit of a staple in any PlayStation owner’s library. The only problem with Sony acquiring Atlus is that they don’t exactly have the best financial situation either. Sony has recently been closing off development studios of their own as well as buildings, headquarters even, that existed to aid in keeping the PlayStation brand alive and well. I’m no analyst so I won’t report on numbers, but coming from a person on the outside looking in, obtaining Atlus as an entirety may not be feasible, but they might…might…have enough in the bank to try and strike a deal with Atlus to get Persona all to themselves. This would actually be a smart move for Sony that would keep their fans content.
In my opinion, Sony’s PlayStation division and Nintendo are the main companies that try to keep gaming as the focus of their products. Regardless of who acquires Atlus, be it Nintendo or Sony, although I believe Nintendo is most likely, the company will be in good hands. My only concern is whether or not Atlus will be picked up by a third party or have their properties acquired at all. If you remember from THQ’s situation, many of their subsidiaries and franchises were bought out while others were left behind as fans waited on pins and needles for their favorite titles to be obtained.
How do you feel about this situation? Are you saddened? Do you believe that Atlus had it coming? Which company would you prefer to manage their belongings? Sound off in the comments section below!