Atlus is a Japanese video game developer best known for their Megami Tensei series of role-playing games. Their mascot is a cartoon version of Jack Frost, which appears in many of their games.
Atlus was founded on April 7, 1986. About a year after its creation, the company released the first game in the Megami Tensei franchise on the MSX and Famicom.
Atlus established an American division, known as "Atlus USA," in 1991. Based in California, this division is strictly a publisher, localizing games for Western audiences. Since 2000, the division has begun localizing many more games, including Megami Tensei titles.
By the end of the 1990's, Atlus was known in Japan as one of the premiere makers of role-playing games, with games such as Soul Hackers being among the best-selling Saturn games in Japan.
In November 2006, Index Holdings, later known as Index Corporation, announced that Atlus would become their subsidiary, via share exchange. In 2010, the company went so far as to fully acquire Atlus. However, due to the bankrupcty of Index Corporation in 2013, Atlus became the center of a bidding war between a number of companies. The winner was Namco Sammy Holdings, which acquired the company and is restructured themselves to include Atlus as ANS.