By Paul Iuzzolino 09/22/13
Many people have known for some time now that Index Holdings, Atlus's parent company, was in the auction scene for a long time. There were several companies that expressed their interest in purchasing Index Holdings, such as Nintendo. After all was said and done, it was Sega that pulled the trigger, and purchased Index Holdings and the child companies for 14 billion yen. Some Atlus fans were disappointed with this purchase, especially because of Sega Sammy's reputation. Sega Sammy is best known for letting developers develop games their own way; they also don't localize niche games. A good majority of Atlus's fans fall into the niche games category, so these fans hope that Sega will start to localize niche games. They also hope that Sega will transfer it's localization department into Atlus USA. Sega's own localization department is much better with the localization process, and will be in full control of the localization decisions and projects. So will Sega harm the company in the west by not localizing Atlus's niche games? Or will Sega let Atlus USA assume control of the localization process and let them decide what games should be localized?