Sega wants to adapt Atlus games into TV and film

Sega wants to adapt Atlus games into TV and film

This story about more video game screen adaptations, boiled down, in 1:28 minutes.

What's the fuss?

The gaming company behind Sonic The Hedgehog is looking to adapt more of their games into movies and TV. Given their success so far, it's not surprising.

The situation

The game developer Atlus, owned by legendary Japanese gaming company Sega, has enjoyed booming popularity amongst North American gamers.

  • Atlus specializes in Japanese role-playing-games with popular franchises such as Shin Megami Tensei and Persona.
  • Although these games aren't household names to the caliber of Fortnite, Atlus titles have an extremely strong, passionate fanbase in the East and the West.

In a recent interview, Sega revealed that they are looking to adapt Atlus' catalogue of games into live-action TV and film adaptations.

  • "Stories like these... really resonate with our fans and we see an opportunity to expand the lore like no one has seen - or played - before."
  • Sega is currently in an "exploratory" phase - no details were revealed on which production companies would be involved.

Boiling it down

Hollywood might be running out of ideas, as video game adapted film and TV have seen an impressive resurgence in popularity.

Although they're box office hits, video game screen adaptations aren't the most critically acclaimed.

  • Screenwriters often don't do a very good job translating the gameplay experience to the big screen because each player has a unique experience.
  • Sega may just be looking for viewership success here rather than an award winner.

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