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Atlus
Atlus
Co., Ltd. (株式会社アトラス, Kabushiki gaisha
Kabushiki gaisha
Atorasu) is a Japanese video game developer, publisher and distribution company based in Tokyo, and a subsidiary of Sega. It is best known for developing the Megami Tensei, Persona, Etrian Odyssey
Etrian Odyssey
and Trauma Center series. Its corporate mascot is the Shin Megami Tensei
Megami Tensei
demon Jack Frost. Atlus
Atlus
was established in April 1986, and existed until the company was dissolved in October 2010 by Index Holdings. After the dissolution, the name Atlus
Atlus
continued as a brand used by Index Corporation
Index Corporation
for video game publishing until 2013. Atlus
Atlus
in its current incarnation was founded as Sega
Sega
Dream Corporation in September 2013, a new shell corporation established by Sega. In November 2013, Sega
Sega
Dream was renamed Index Corporation, following the bankruptcy of the original Index Corporation. In April 2014, Sega
Sega
implemented a corporate spin-off in which the contents and solution businesses of Index were spun off as Index Corporation, while the rest of Index Corporation (formerly Sega
Sega
Dream) was renamed Atlus. The company has two internal divisions, P-Studio, responsible for managing the Persona
Persona
series, and Studio Zero, which was established in 2016 by many former members of P-Studio.[2][3] A North American branch of the company, Atlus USA
Atlus USA
was founded in 1991 in order to focus on publishing and localizing games for North America. Until 2017, Atlus did not have a branch for PAL regions, resulting in the company partnering with multiple third-party publishers, such as Ghostlight, NIS America, Square Enix, and Deep Silver.

Contents

1 History 2 Atlus
Atlus
USA 3 European and Oceania
Oceania
distribution 4 Corporate mascot 5 Games by Atlus 6 Animations and films based on Atlus
Atlus
games 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit]

The Atlus
Atlus
logo until 2013

Atlus
Atlus
began in April 7, 1986 as a video game developer of computer games for other companies.[4] In January 1987, Atlus
Atlus
started selling amusement equipment.[4] It expanded into the sale of karaoke equipment in March 1989.[4] Atlus
Atlus
released the first video game under its own name in 1989: Puzzle Boy
Puzzle Boy
for the Game Boy.[4] Atlus
Atlus
started in the arcade industry in the 1990s by manufacturing its first arcade video game, BlaZeon, in 1992. In 1995, Atlus
Atlus
launched Print Club Arcades in partnership with Sega.[5] Atlus
Atlus
entered the Tokyo
Tokyo
Stock Exchange in 1997, listing on the JASDAQ. In its goal to further increase its presence in the amusement industry, Atlus acquired the manufacturer Apies from Yubis Corporation in 1999. In 2000, Atlus
Atlus
formed a joint venture with Kadokawa Shoten
Kadokawa Shoten
to distribute and sell games. Atlus
Atlus
suffered from deficit financial results in both 1999 and 2000. To address the issue, Atlus
Atlus
established a management reform plan in 2001. In its restructuring efforts, Atlus
Atlus
sold two subsidiaries (one of them being Apies) to their respective employees as part of a management buyout.[6] On October 2001, Atlus
Atlus
acquired Career Soft, and became the sole publisher of the Growlanser
Growlanser
series: a real-time strategy role-playing game from the creators of the Langrisser series.[7] In 2004, after the release of Growlanser
Growlanser
IV, the majority of Career Soft's staff was merged into the main development team of Atlus
Atlus
where they worked on the Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor games. As a developer brand, Career Soft
Career Soft
was eventually dissolved. On October 2003, Japanese toy company Takara acquired Atlus.[8] On 21 November 2006 Index Holdings
Index Holdings
announced the acquisition of Atlus, effective on 30 October, and purchased 7.7 million shares (54.93 percent; 77,000 votes, or 54.96 percent of the voting rights) on 20 November 2006. Atlus
Atlus
became an Index Holdings
Index Holdings
subsidiary on 29 November 2006.[9] On March 2009, Atlus
Atlus
and Sting Entertainment announced a publishing partnership making Atlus
Atlus
the only publisher of Sting-developed games in Japan.[10] On 17 September 2009, Index Holdings
Index Holdings
announced the separation of Atlus' amusement facility and related business into a subsidiary, New Entertainment Waves,[11] effective on 1 December. One hundred seventy-two shares of the subsidiary's stock were also transferred to Chushoukigyou Leisure[12] on 1 December.[13] On 30 August 2010, Index Holdings
Index Holdings
announced its merger with Atlus, with Index Holdings
Index Holdings
being the surviving company, effective on 1 October.[14][15] After the merger, Index Holdings
Index Holdings
would continue to operate the Atlus
Atlus
brand.[16] Although fans were concerned about the company's future, CEO Shinichi Suzuki said that Atlus
Atlus
would continue to provide the "finest quality game experiences possible" and the merger "further strengthens the foundation of Atlus, both in Japan
Japan
and here in the United States."[17] On 9 November 2010 Index Holdings announced its renaming to Index Corporation, to be confirmed at the shareholders meeting on 25 November 2010 and effective on 1 December.[18][19] From 2010 to 2013, Atlus, as a company, ceased to exist and its name became a brand of Index Corporation
Index Corporation
for video games in Japan. However, Atlus USA
Atlus USA
remained active and was renamed Index Digital Media, serving as the North American subsidiary for Index Corporation. Much like in Japan, video games continued to be released in that region under the Atlus
Atlus
name during this period. In June 2013, it was reported that Index Corporation
Index Corporation
filed for civil rehabilitation proceedings, facing bankruptcy with debts of ¥24.5 billion. An Atlus USA
Atlus USA
spokesperson said that Index Digital Media and the Atlus
Atlus
brand were unaffected by the proceedings.[20] On 18 September 2013, it was reported that Sega
Sega
Sammy Holdings won a bid to acquire the bankrupt Index for ¥14 billion.[21] All Index operations, including the Atlus
Atlus
brand and Index Digital Media (Atlus USA), were transferred to Sega
Sega
Dream Corporation (a new subsidiary of Sega
Sega
Corporation) on 1 November 2013.[22] That day, Sega
Sega
announced that it would change the name of Sega
Sega
Dream Corporation to Index Corporation.[23] On 18 February 2014, Sega
Sega
announced the separation of Index Corporation's contents and solution businesses into a new subsidiary, Index Corporation, renaming the old Index Corporation
Index Corporation
and its remaining digital game business division to Atlus
Atlus
effective 1 April 2014. The new Atlus
Atlus
would include the foreign subsidiary, Index Digital Media, which would revert its name back to Atlus USA
Atlus USA
at the establishment of the new Atlus.[1] In April 2017, Sega
Sega
Sammy Holdings announced a relocation of head office functions of the Sega
Sega
Sammy Group and its major domestic subsidiaries located in the Tokyo
Tokyo
metropolitan area to Shinagawa-ku
Shinagawa-ku
by January 2018. Their stated reasoning was to promote cooperation among companies and creation of more active interaction of personnel, while pursuing efficient group management by consolidating scattered head office functions of the group. Atlus
Atlus
is one of the companies that will relocate in response to this.[24] Atlus
Atlus
USA[edit] Main article: Atlus
Atlus
USA

Atlus USA
Atlus USA
booth at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017

Atlus
Atlus
U.S.A., Inc. established in 1991 and based in Irvine, California, is the American subsidiary of Atlus
Atlus
and publishes games created by Atlus
Atlus
and other developers. It was formally called Index Digital Media from 2010 to 2014 in response to Atlus
Atlus
being dissolved into Index Corporation. A number of Megami Tensei
Megami Tensei
games have not been released in North America. During the 1990s, Jack Bros.
Jack Bros.
for Virtual Boy, Revelations: Persona
Persona
for PlayStation and Revelations: The Demon Slayer for the Game Boy Color were the first three games in the series to have a North American release. The 2004 release of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne was the first main-series video-game release in the U.S.[25] Since then most of the series has also been released in the U.S., including Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Persona
3, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. Atlus USA
Atlus USA
has localized cult classic Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, created by Nippon Ichi Software.[26] The company have also published the tactical role-playing game Tactics Ogre
Tactics Ogre
and Game Boy
Game Boy
Advance remakes of the Kunio-kun and Double Dragon games for Million (a company composed of former Technōs Japan
Japan
employees). Other notable titles include Snowboard Kids and Snowboard Kids 2 (for Nintendo 64) and Odin Sphere
Odin Sphere
and the Trauma Center series. Atlus USA
Atlus USA
released Riviera: The Promised Land, a role-playing video game for the Game Boy Advance previously released for the Wonderswan Color, in 2004 in collaboration with Sting and Bandai. In 2006 Atlus USA
Atlus USA
and Sting released Yggdra Union, a strategy role-playing game (RPG) for the Game Boy Advance.[27] After Working Designs' publication of Growlanser Generations, they released Growlanser: Heritage of War in 2005 and Growlanser
Growlanser
Wayfarer of Time in 2012. The company established an online division, including the Atlus
Atlus
Online portal which is servicing Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent and Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine.[28] On 31 March 2013, Index Digital Media's Atlus
Atlus
Online Division was purchased by Marvelous AQL
Marvelous AQL
and transferred to XSEED Games.[29] Atlus USA
Atlus USA
has published games under the Marl Kingdom name, beginning with Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure in 2000.[26] On 18 February 2014 Sega
Sega
announced that Index Digital Media would revert its name back to Atlus
Atlus
USA.[1] In March 2016, Sega announced that all the future localized products from Atlus
Atlus
for North America will be published by Sega.[30][31] European and Oceania
Oceania
distribution[edit] Until 2017, Atlus
Atlus
did not have a dedicated European division for publishing and distributing their titles within the European and Oceania
Oceania
region. Instead, many of Atlus' titles were published in these regions by Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) and its American division NIS America. Following Atlus's acquisition by Sega
Sega
Sammy Holdings, NIS found that it became more difficult to work between Sega
Sega
and Atlus
Atlus
for distribution and in April 2016, formally ended its distribution partnership with Atlus.[32] In July 2016, Deep Silver
Deep Silver
announced that it had come to agreement to become Atlus' distributor for Europe and Oceania, and would begin to publish titles in both retail and digital form.[33] In August 2017, Atlus
Atlus
announced that they had opened a European distribution team located in Sega
Sega
Europe's offices in London that would publish all its titles going forward.[34] Corporate mascot[edit]

Jack Frost
Jack Frost
has been Atlus' mascot since the character's inception in 1990.

Jack Frost, who appears as a demon in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, is the company mascot.[28] Resembling a snowman, he has teeth, a tail and no nose, and wears a jester hat, collar, and shoes. His catchphrase is "Hee-Ho". He has appeared in several games in the Shin Megami Tensei
Megami Tensei
series, as well as the Jack Bros.
Jack Bros.
games. Jack Frost is a hidden character in the North American and Japanese versions of SBK: Snowboard Kids, with a larger role in the Japanese version. He has a family; more relatives were created since Shin Megami Tensei
Megami Tensei
II, including King Frost, Frost 5 Senshi and Black Frost. Games by Atlus[edit] Main article: List of Atlus
Atlus
games See also: List of Atlus
Atlus
downloadable games Animations and films based on Atlus
Atlus
games[edit]

Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo
Tokyo
Mokushiroku Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children 2 Light & Dark Devil Survivor 2: The Animation Persona: Trinity Soul Persona
Persona
4: The Animation Persona
Persona
4: The Golden Animation Persona
Persona
3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth. Persona
Persona
3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream Persona
Persona
3 The Movie: #3 Falling Down Persona
Persona
3 The Movie: #4 Winter of Rebirth Persona
Persona
5: The Animation - the Day Breakers Persona
Persona
5: The Animation

See also[edit]

Video games portal

Vanillaware

References[edit]

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