Sega wants to adapt Atlus games for live-action TV and movies – including Persona

Sega is looking to expand further into film and TV by exploring possible live-action adaptations for games developed by Atlus.

In an exclusive reveal to IGN, Sega says expanding storytelling is a new and important part of Sega’s overall business strategy. This is why Sega is opening up Atlus’ acclaimed library of games – including series like Shin Megami Tensei, Persona and Catherine – to possible live-action film and TV adaptations.

“The worlds of Atlus are filled with stilted drama, cutting edge style and compelling characters,” said Toru Nakahara, Sega’s lead producer of the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movies and Sonic Prime TV series. “Stories like those from the Persona franchise are really resonating with our fans, and we see an opportunity to expand the lore like no one has seen – or played before.”

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Nakahara, who is also Sega’s head of entertainment productions for film and TV, added, “Sega and Atlus are working together to bring these stories and worlds to life through new media and for new audiences.”

Sega has not confirmed which production companies it plans to partner with, other than that it is currently exploring live-action film and TV projects with several studios and producers.

Founded in 1986 in Tokyo, Japan, Atlus is known for its character and story-driven JRPGs. One of the most popular franchises is Persona, a series that usually revolves around high school students who encounter occult powers that threaten the world. The most recent entry to the franchise, Persona 5 Royal is one of the highest-rated RPGs of the generation. Check out IGN’s Persona 5 Royal review here.

The Persona series is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and recent games like Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable are expanding to new consoles like PC, Xbox, and the Nintendo Switch.

Sega’s past experience with live-action adaptations resulted in commercial hits like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, although the initial Sonic reveal was anything but smooth. Sega isn’t the only company looking to adapt its video games for TV and movies. Sony uses its game franchises for TV adaptations, including The Last of Us, Horizon and God of War.

But given Sega’s proven success in live-action adaptations, the company hopes to repeat Sonic’s success with games like Persona.

Matt TM Kim is the news editor of IGN. you can reach him @lasoftd

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