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.