Persona, Yakuza PC Releases In Discussion At Sega
Yakuza 5
(Last Updated On: June 15, 2017)

Sega apparently is looking seriously at all the cash flow from the very seriously committed PC gaming audience and is now re-evaluating their stance on whether or not they should keep certain franchises locked into exclusive platform releases. More specifically, they’re reevaluating whether or not they should consider bringing over Yakuza games and the Persona series to Steam on PC.

PC Gamer managed to nab the exclusive by talking to John Clark, the Sega Europe senia VP of commercial publishing while he was roaming the show floor at E3; PC Gamer apparently hounded in on Clark like like a wolf zeroing in on a wounded rabbit dripping blood in a snowy forest. The one thing they wanted to know about was whether or not Persona or Yakuza would be making the dip into the realm of the Glorious PC Master Race.

Well, Clark let them know upfront that they’re definitely keeping those properties on their list of conversations, especially after the continued success they’re seeing from back-ports on PC such as Bayonetta and the highly requested Vanquish. Clark explains that there’s a list of games that they discuss coming to PC, and while it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll see the light of day on PC, they’re at least talking about it…

“[Yakuza is] on that list,” […] “Of course something we’re talking about it… that would just be incredible to bring that to the PC audience.”

So what about Persona? Well, apparently it’s the exact same deal, with Clark explaining that it, too, is also a regular topic in the conversations at Sega’s headquarters. The VP of commercial publishing stated…

“Of course, of course—I keep trying to get in ahead of you, I’m trying to guess what you’re going to say next. We don’t feel that anything is off the table in terms of these conversations. The fact that as an organisation we’re having these healthy conversations, they’re constructive, we recognise the value, we recognise the value of the community, the IP. The IP has got continued life to grow and get bigger.”

Well of course it does… especially if it steps out from under the despotic ecosystem of being a home console exclusive.

Just think about what hedonistic moments of entertainment and fun await the Persona audience once the game catches the eye of modders, and proceeds to wear debauch on its sleeve after stepping into the devil’s den.

There’s very little that would be left unturned by the prying fingers of PC modders, and it would all be for the best, especially after Take-Two decided to step in and shutdown modding for GTA V.

Anyway, these are just conversations for now. There’s nothing concrete on the table just yet. But even still, just talking about Persona and Yakuza coming to PC is enough to make the liquid cooling drip from most gamers’ pipes.

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  • kansaibennyhill

    I just want 60fps Yakuza 1-5 with better translations that get rid of the cuts & edits.

    Speaking of which it’s eerie to see the reaction a number of sites which are now firmly entrenched in the “localization isn’t censorship” camp had to 3 just a few years before GG started. Kotaku especially.

    3’s cuts are interesting since most of them feel like they were made more out of laziness/rushing than intent to censor.

    The massage parlor is an unusual case though. Given the circumstances I don’t know if it counts as objectification, progressive or a bit of both. It’s especially odd since 3 introduces Michiru who made it west unscathed.

  • Disqusted

    I would really like to see Yakuza 5 remastered on PC. With modding!
    Hell, all of them and all of Persona, both with modding, would be amazing. Throw Shenmue in there too.
    I’m sure SEGA has the money to spare, just imagining the amount of money they make from people buying the lottery shit in PSO2.

    • They won’t port Shenmue 1/2 until Shenmue 3 is ready to release. Even though they aren’t funding/publishing Shenmue 3, it just makes sense from a marketing perspective (or at least, that’s what I would do if I wanted to cash in on the hype).

  • Alistair

    I never believe that exclusive was for one platform those days are long gone or should have.

    Out goes the final fantasy 13 was on Xbox 360 announced for it first and Sony fanboys went apeshit even me, when we didn’t know if it was a 360 exclusive.

    Besides exclusive doesn’t net you more money, but more money across all platforms does so. Best of both words.

  • Hawk Hopper

    I want OutRun 2 on the PC.

    • Uncle Joey

      Outrun2 has been on the PC since 2006.

      • Hawk Hopper

        I want it on Steam without having to pay $20-30 on ebay for a European version and also without a threat of SEGA losing the Ferrari license.

        • Uncle Joey

          Not happening.

          • Hawk Hopper

            Yes, me buying an overpriced copy of a game over ten years old isn’t happening.

  • Feli Aslan

    Oh yeah! DO IT! DOOOO IT!

  • LurkerJK

    I’m going to play persona on PC whatever they like it or not. They Can have my money if they move faster than the rpcs3 guys

    • Disqusted

      Yeah. Best way to beat “pirates” is to provide a better service. Emulation > no port/localization. Pretty straightforward.