The creator’s and publisher’s of the Shin Megami Tensei and Trauma Center series’ (to name but a few) could be in real trouble as it’s parent company Index Holdings have today gone bust. Owing in excess of £160 million Index Holdings’ board came to the decision that a declaration of bankruptcy at the Tokyo District Court today was the only choice now left to them. The company will now look to recoup as much money as possible, most likely by selling Atlus off. But who would buy the creator’s of Persona? Well currently there are 3 logical front runners.
Sony is one possibility as Atlus have not only supported the Playstation brand from the beginning but continue to do so to this very day with the likes of Persona 4 Golden on the Vita and Sony could certainly do with a few more Persona 4’s on both it’s handhelds and home consoles.
Square Enix would be another possibility simply because they seem to have collected up nearly every other JRPG company already so taking control of Atlus would merely be another feather in their cap.
Last but by no means least there is Nintendo. Both Atlus and Nintendo have a long history dating back all the way to the SNES, but more importantly than that has been there recent past, Atlus have not only released Shin Megami Tensei IV exclusively on the 3DS but the two companies have also come together to collaborate on a Shin Megami Tensei meets Fire Emblem game bound for the Wii U that, unless Nintendo do purchase Atlus (or they buy themselves out) will likely never see the light of day.
So who will buy Atlus? Well in truth it could end up being just about anyone including Atlus themselves (they could in theory buy their shares from Index Holdings but it’s unlikely). Whoever does fans will be hoping none of the superlative worthy Atlus style or creativity is lost in the transition.