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"We get off on your tears."
Atlus is a videogame company that was founded in 1986. While not necessarily having the name-recognition of some larger companies, they have a huge number of quality products, both as a developer and a publisher, and often both at once. The Japanese HQ portion of the company is both a publisher (since 1989) and developer, the North American branch serves as a publisher and localization company that publishes more games than just what its parent company Index Corporation develops and publishes; in the list of games below said games are listed with Atlus being the North American publisher.
Many of their internally developed 21st-century games are really freaking HARD
Though good design means they usually avoid Fake Difficulty
. Their American branch is also famous for the translation of their games: Woolseyism
and Superlative Dubbing
abound in games they publish. Atlus is also famous for first exposing North America to Nippon Ichi Software
, having published Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure
back in the Playstation 1 era
, and later Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
game for PS2
. This led to NIS eventually branching out on their own, and to this day the companies share many staff amongst their translation and dubbing teams, as well as an amicable business relationship. In fact, NIS are the ones publishing Persona: Trinity Soul
, the anime based on the Atlus game.
Currently holds the dubious title of "That One Company
", due to their joy at making gamers suffer.
And we like it
, dammit. Funnily enough, even some games they merely published and not developed can be Nintendo Hard
, like Demon's Souls
and the Disgaea
Also note the number of Widget Series
Atlus Japan is co-creator (with Sega) of "Print Club".
In June 2013, Atlus' parent company Index Corporation was convicted of corporate fraud, leading to them declaring bankruptcy. Sega
eventually stepped in and purchased Atlus for 14 billion yen (approximately $141 million US).
Compare with it western counterpart Sierra
, which, like Atlus, was known for developing very difficult games and was defunct for years before being revived by its parent company.
Tropes associated with Atlus
- Cash Cow Franchise: The Persona Series, specifically Persona 3 and 4. Milked for all its worth in Persona Q, a Cross Over of the two previous games.
- Fan Nickname: "Fatlus", both for the company and their fans, due to certain stereotypes about the fans of their RPGs.
- Friendly Rival: Nippon Ichi, in North America at least. The fact that many die-hard fans buy most of both companies' games probably helps them getting along.
- Money, Dear Boy: Has slipped into this recently, charging $50 (instead of $40) for 3DS games and intentionally cutting content (such as the archangels in Shin Megami Tensei IV and Thanatos in Persona Q) to release it as paid DLC.
- Nintendo Hard: Atlus-developed games have a tendency to be quite hard. However, with Atlus USA, this doesn't always apply to games from other companies that it picks up for a Western release (not that Atlus USA hasn't localized hard games from other companies, which it definitely has).
- That One Boss: We can't stress enough that they have their own page for it
- Widget Series
Some of their titles (including externally developed games localized by Atlus USA) include:1 - developed by From Software 2 - developed by Sting Entertainment 3 - developed by Cave 4 - developed by Flight-Plan 5 - developed by SNK Playmore 6 - developed by Irem 7 - published by LJN Toys in the US