It’s been a great year for Atlus: according to its latest financial statements (for the period ended March 31), we learned that games released from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 sold more than the developer’s expectations.
So, with the Western version of Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD Remastered, the international version of Shin Megami Tensei V, and the global remaster of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the company has been working hard. This is the company’s best year since joining Sega, finally being able to contribute to the parent company’s profits (Atlus has reported overall losses in previous years).
The length of all this? Atlus hopes to continue to evolve, as it has done in the past few years, to give players the games they want to play, and to bring traditional games back to a modern format (via PersonaCentral).
Interestingly, Sega apparently made a lot of money from its live-action Sonic the Hedgehog: The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie is now the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, and the movie created an appetite for other Sonic projects is undeniable.
Buoyed by the profits of Atlus and the blurry blue presence on the screen, Sega seems to want to experiment with more assets in Hollywood land. It probably starts with Persona.
In an interview with IGN, Toru Nakahara, the lead producer behind the live-action Sonic film (and Sega’s entertainment executive), pointed out that the time is ripe for a Persona adaptation, thanks to its bizarre lore, deep And a fascinating cast of characters, as well as the overall setting.
“The world of Atlus is full of drama, cutting edge style and engaging characters,” says Nakaharaon. “Stories like those in the Persona series really resonated with our fans, and we saw an opportunity to expand the lore that no one had seen or played before.
“Sega and Atlus are working together to bring these stories and worlds to life through new media and new audiences.”
After we’ve seen the Persona series attract a whole new audience when it hits the Xbox later this year, it makes sense for Sega and Atlus to jump on the bandwagon.
If you haven’t played Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable, you should do yourself a favor and play (preferably in order, so you start with the best). They’re moody deep RPGs with good characters and good systems – when you’re done, go back and play SMT games. Because they are even better.