…It is what it is.
If you need proof or reminder, Atlus is the brainchild of the following RPG franchises:
Dragon’s Crown is a new franchise but the other ones have been around for over 10 years. As of yesterday I can say I’ve played all of the Persona games released up to now and own three of them (Persona 2: Sin & Punishment, Persona 2: Eternal Sin, Persona 3: Portable, Persona 4 and Persona 4: Golden). I also have the two most recent Etrian Oddessey games (Etrian Oddyssey IV and Etrian and Etrian Oddyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl both for the 3DS) and have the the most recent Shin Megami Tensei games (Soul Hackers and Shin Megami Tensei IV both for the 3DS).
The Altus RPG franchises have been hitting home runs over the last 10 years yet they’re mostly unknown to those who do not play RPGs on consoles and portables. And there are no signs of slowing down: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars will be released on Tuesday for the Nintendo 3DS and the Playstation Vita. A trio of recently announced Persona games will be released later this year as well. All you can really wonder is what Atlus has in store for fans next.
There was concern over Atlus’ future on the part of fans when they were bought by Sega last year but it would seem the initial fears were misplaced as Atlus shows no signs of slowing down. It goes without saying Namco Bandai and Square Enix could learn from Atlus’ example. Both companies have established RPG franchises as well (Final Fantasy and the “Tales of…” games for example) but how Atlus does things is very different in comparison: Unlike Square-Enix, they don’t take the fanbase for granted and unlike Namco Bandai they don’t cut corners.
When and if I decide to turn some of my books into video games, Atlus is at the top of my list of companies to ask first =O