For a very long time, video game adaptations were passable at best and breathtaking at worst. Sega was one of the most successful publishers to adapt his works, creating a pair of sonic the hedgehog films well received and respectful of the source material. The company has now revealed to IGN that he wants to continue this success and start adapting some titles developed by Atlus, one of his most acclaimed studios.
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Sega lead producer Toru Nakahara said he sees Atlus games as a natural fit for non-game media.
“The worlds of Atlus are filled with intense drama, cutting-edge style, and compelling characters,” he said. “Stories like those of the Character The franchise really resonates with our fans, and we see an opportunity to expand the lore like no one has seen – or played – before. Together, Sega and Atlus are working to bring these stories and worlds to life through new mediums and for new audiences.
Sega didn’t have any hard facts to share about specific adaptations or production companies, but it looks like anything currently under the Atlus banner is worth considering. Character, Katherineand Shin Megami Tensei are among three possible candidates for the studio’s gameography. All three were generally applauded for their style and storytelling.
Character and Shin Megami Tensei have lived in other mediums, too. For instance, Persona: Trinity Soul was a spin-off of the third game and Persona 4: The Animation, Persona 4: The Golden Animationand Persona 5: The Animation were loose retellings of these corresponding titles. They are only one small sample of other non-game related media in connection with Shin Megami Tensei Mark. However, almost all of them were animated (except for the live action Shin Megami Tensei: Summoner of the Devilwhich ran for two seasons spanning 1997 and 1998) and now Sega is also looking for live-action adaptations this time around.
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Sega is certainly not the only company leveraging its gaming IP for use in more traditional media spaces. Sony has adaptations of The last of us, Gran Turismo, twisted metal, Horizonand God of the war in the works. Microsoft Halo just had a shaky first season on Paramount+ and Nintendo’s most famous plumber has another big screen go-around in 2023.