Update: Atlus staff have confirmed that this "manoeuvring" won't affect the company's game output.
The world isn't exactly short of bizarre, free-to-play Asian online PC RPGs. What seemed like a curio when Ragnarok Online appeared on these shores all those years ago has turned into a flood of free oddities - often of dubious quality and rarely of anything but passing interest.
The western version of Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online, the MMO spin-off from the cult Japanese RPG series, has gone into open beta.
Western publisher Aeria Games has made the PC game available to download and play for free from its official site.
Closed beta began back in November, which was the first we'd heard of the Cave-developed MMO. But its speedy progress should come as no surprise - it's been running for two years already in Japan.
Beta sign-up has been opened for the western version of the Shin Megami Tensei MMO, handily alerting us to the fact that it exists.