Atlus President and CEO Naoto Hiraoka has penned an open letter to fans, discussing the acquisition by Sega earlier this week, praising and thanking the company's legions of fans for the continual support and encouragement, and apologizing for making them worry about the company's future.
Sega announced earlier in the week that it had acquired Japanese-based Atlus parent company Index for an undisclosed amount of cash. Index filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year in the face of an insurmountable debt, putting the future of the popular publisher of the Persona, Etrian Odyssey, and the Shin Megami Tensei series into question.
"I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your support of Atlus products …. Atlus has consistently received support and praise from our faithful and our respected customers, and made great progress in recent years. So the recent incident must have surprised and worried all of you dearly. For that, I would like to express my deepest apologies," wrote Hiraoka.
"We have nurtured a great relationship with Sega Inc. for a long time, especially concerning our consumer games business in Japan," he added.
Hiraoka goes on to say that the buy-out is beneficial because Sega understands Atlus' desire to produce quality products and expand its business, and the companies' different strengths complement each other.
You can read Hiraoka's full statement here.