Sega to Purchase Atlus’ Parent Company Index Corporation for $141 Million


Sega Sammy Holdings is set to purchase Index Corporation for 14 billion yen/$141 million, it has been revealed.

Financially challenged Index is the parent company of Atlus, known for such games as the Persona series and Dragon’s Crown, so Atlus will now become a part of Sega. Atlus previously said it would be “unaffected” by the financial troubles, although Sega reportedly plans to restructure the games business..

The report from Nikkei, comes after rumors in August that Sega was part of twenty companies bidding for Index, as it went through financial proceedings.

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Dragon’s Crown Will Require About 20 Hours To Complete Just The Story Mode With Each Character

Dragon’s Crown

When Atlus confirmed the price of Dragon’s Crown, many complained quite vocally, because what they saw as a small game was sold at nearly full price ($49.99 for PS3 and $39.99 for PS Vita), but today we learn that the game isn’t nearly as small as they thought.

Atlus Japan specified that players are expected to take about twenty hours to complete the story mode with each character. Replayability is also granted because certain elements will be unlocked only after clearing the game once, and by additional features like the PvP Arena. Of course the fact that characters play radically different also helps extending the game’s longevity further.

This may come as a surprise to many considering that side-scrolling action RPGs like this one tend to be a lot shorter than that.

The funny part of this all is that the company added to the message a rather cheeky recommendation:

Please take care not to forget to eat and sleep in real life.

In addition to this juicy tidbit of information we learn that two modes will be available for online multiplayer: With “Friend participation” we can play with our friends only, while with” Random participation” we’ll be matched automatically matched with players around the world with a skill level similar to ours.

Online matchmaking can be used at the same time as local multiplayer with the PS3 version of the game (meaning that you can play with a friend at home and still connect to the internet to recruit more companions), but this won’t be possible with the PS Vita version.