Atlus Gets a New President
While Shinichi Suzuki prepares to step down, Naoto Hiraoka will take the lead as President and CEO of Atlus, the video game publishing brand of Index Digital Media, Inc.
After over 20 years of experience and 4 years as head of Atlus, Suzuki helped grow Atlus with vision and leadership. Through his recognition of online gaming, Atlus Online was formed. He was able to recognize talent, and picked up games that other companies passed on, like Demon’s Souls. He will remain an adviser for the company until October.
Suzuki states, ”In the time since I assumed the role of President and CEO of Index Digital Media, Inc., the company has experienced tremendous success and growth. I am so proud to have served at the helm of such a well-loved brand as Atlus. I thank my staff and all of the fans that continue to support the company and its games. Under new leadership, we will continue our proud tradition of excellent games and exceptional localizations. I extend my sincerest thanks to all who helped in some way to make us successful.”
Hiraoka has 11 years experience with Atlus as head of consumer business at Index Corporation and as producer for several titles. Hiraoka’s primary goal is to continue Atlus’ growth by bringing the Japanese and North American offices closer, evident in the upcoming Persona 4 Arena.
Of Suzuki’s departure, Hiraoka says, ”I am honored to succeed Mr. Suzuki as the head of Index Digital Media. Like all Atlusfans, I am grateful to him for his long service to the company and its many years of prosperity under his supervision. Moving forward, we will continue Atlus’ esteemed legacy of extraordinary video games, retaining our focus on the core but remaining open to exploring new opportunities in emerging sectors.”
North American fans of Japanese games will be pleased to see more games coming to both markets at the same time. Where would you like to see Atlus go in the future?
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