IGN interviewed Toru Nakahara, head of TV and film entertainment production at SEGA, who is also the lead producer of the Sonic the Hedgehog movies and the Sonic Prime series.
Nakahara stated that “Expanding storytelling forms is a new and important part of Sega’s overall business strategy. That is why Sega is opening up the critically acclaimed Atlus game library, which includes series such as Shin Megami Tensei, Persona and Catherine, to potential films and TV series.” “.
Atlus worlds are filled with high drama, cutting-edge style, and compelling characters. Stories like those in the Persona franchise really resonate with our fans, and we see an opportunity to expand on the story in a way that no one else has seen, or played, before. Together, Sega and Atlus are working to bring these stories and worlds to life in new media and for new audiences.
Aside from announcing its interest in producing a variety of TV adaptations of Atlus games, Sega has not confirmed which production companies they would like to work with.
The Persona series is celebrating its 25th anniversary and recent games like Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable are coming to new consoles like PC, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
Sega’s previous experience with TV adaptations has resulted in commercial hits such as Sonic the Movie 2, though Sonic’s initial opening was far from smooth. Sega isn’t the only company looking to adapt its video games for television and film. Sony has used its game franchises for TV adaptations including The Last of Us, Horizon, and God of War.