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Business Game Dev Sega Emphasizes PC (Steam) and Console Ports After Persona 4 Golden Success, Talking With Platform Holders for New Games

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Sega Sammy recently released their Fiscal Year Ending March 2021 first quarter financial results, consisting of the period from April to June 2020 inclusively. Alongside this, an investor questions and answers presentation was held on August 5th, and Sega has released it publicly today.

The respondents for the Q&A were Haruki Satomi (President and Group COO) and Koichi Fukazawa (Senior Executive Vice President and Group CFO). After discussing the strong performance of Steam regarding Sega’s repeat sales for the fiscal quarter—most effective in the West—an investor asked about the recently released Persona 4 Golden on PC.

Q: “Persona 4 the Golden” has been selling well on Steam, but do you have any plans to sell newly released games on Steam as well?
A: We remastered “Persona 4 the Golden”, a title previously sold on the PlayStation Vita, and released it for sale on Steam this fiscal year. Because of the game’s critical acclaim and its low selling price, sales were much stronger than expected. We will continue to actively promote porting previously released titles to Steam and new platforms. We are also negotiating with platform holders for new games in the future, and we’re considering ways to sell under favorable conditions for each title. Among them are measures such as preparing PC versions of the titles from the beginning, with multi-platform releases in mind.
 

Mister Wolf

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I hope Sega realizes now how much money they are missing out on by not forcing Atlus to release PC ports day one.
 
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How's the transition from P5R to P4G for a newbie? I just started 5 and I'll probably be interested in playing 4 on PC later.

Anyway I do always love to see Japan embracing PC.
 

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I hope Sega realizes now how much money they are missing out on by not forcing Atlus to release PC ports day one.

Judging from that interview, it appears that they do (finally!):

We will continue to actively promote porting previously released titles to Steam and new platforms. We are also negotiating with platform holders for new games in the future, and we’re considering ways to sell under favorable conditions for each title. Among them are measures such as preparing PC versions of the titles from the beginning

Yakuza started off with late ports, but will be getting a day one PC port for the first time with Like a Dragon. I'm confident that Persona 6 will be day and date.
 

Mister Wolf

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Judging from that interview, it appears that they do (finally!):

We will continue to actively promote porting previously released titles to Steam and new platforms. We are also negotiating with platform holders for new games in the future, and we’re considering ways to sell under favorable conditions for each title. Among them are measures such as preparing PC versions of the titles from the beginning

Yakuza started off with late ports, but will be getting a day one PC port for the first time with Like a Dragon. I'm confident that Persona 6 will be day and date.

Sega needs to get with the times. Namco did a long time ago. Scarlet Nexus and Tales Of Arise will be on PC day one.
 
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Chromata

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How's the transition from P5R to P4G for a newbie? I just started 5 and I'll probably be interested in playing 4 on PC later.

Anyway I do always love to see Japan embracing PC.

The gameplay is definitely a step down and it's nowhere near as stylish, but P4G has its own unique charm/squad that is distinct from P5R.

Everything that made P5R special is still in P4G imo and I am loving it so far despite its age.
 
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