According to Gematsu, Index Holdings, owners of Atlus, filed for bankruptcy today, leaving fans of familiar Atlus titles such as Shin Megami Tensei and Etrian Odessy worried about their favorite series. Index Holdings has been investigated for falsified transactions and documentations, and pulicly revealed to be 24.5 billion yen in debt; the equivalent of $250 million USD. Two of their head men are also planning on resigning. President of the company Yoshimi Ochiai and one of their distinguished Chairmen Masami Ochiai have announced plans to leave the company, most likely due to putting their company so far into debt.
While Atlus reassures that current titles like Dragon’s Crown and Etrian Odyssey Untold are still scheduled for their normal releases, many are speculative about Atlus’ future owners.
While I haven’t played many of Atlus’ more well-known games, I know of one person who will be very frightened by the endangerment of the Shin Megami Tensei series. Hopefully he won’t have a heart attack, as I won’t be the one driving him to the hospital. Still, Atlus is a very accomplished studio, and seeing them in the line of fire has definitely grabbed my attention. Expect to see more news of Atlus’ fate in the future.