Interest in Japanese Games has Never Been Greater on PC Says Sega

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 10:00 AM
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Sega has said it’s been enjoying unprecedented growth in the success of its Japanese-centric titles on PC. They’re one of many Japanese publishers that has increasingly found a home on Steam, and now you’re just as likely to find a Japanese title launching on PC as you would the PlayStation 4.

The likes of Nier: Automata, Dark Souls, Final Fantasy XV, and Sega’s own Valkyria Chronicles, Bayonetta, Sonic Mania, and more, have all enjoyed success on PC, whereas just a few short years ago these games were skipping the platform entirely. Just this week Sega also has the sublime Yakuza Zero launching on PC. If martial arts melodrama with turkey-run real estate is your thing, this one’s unmissable.

“We've seen the growth of Japanese IP on Steam on PC; that never existed before,” said Jon Clark, Sega Europe executive vice president in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. “And it surfaces across other formats as well because gaming is now a social entity.”

Traditionally there’s been quite a cultural divide between Japanese and Western audiences, and it’s often resulting in Japanese publishers deciding certain games may not work in the West, or attempting to alter them to suit their new audience. This is happening less and less though, as PC gamers are more receptive to some of the quirkier sides of Japanese gaming.

“We're representing the Japanese IP, the Japanese road map, the Japanese content to the relevant audience within the West,” continued Clark. “And whether there's a need to change that or not, I don't know. But it seems to be successful and it seems to be working.”

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03:05 Aug-03-2018

WE LOVE JAPANESE GAMES

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19:42 Aug-02-2018

Japan has been churning out classics for decades. Its a shame many titles will never get translated but still hope for a good Evangelion release one of these days.

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04:42 Aug-01-2018

they release it to pc because the contract with Sony was ended. the contract is just for releasing early in PS4. i bet if yakuza games publisher is Sony, there will be no PC version.

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17:10 Aug-03-2018

AFAIK there has never been an exclusivity deal with Sony in regards to Yakuza. Yakuza has been a small series with a fairly low budget that Sega originally only thought worth bringing to PlayStation. Now there's an audience on PC, they're keen to bring them over.


And obviously if Sony published Yakuza there would be no PC version lol

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22:18 Jul-31-2018

Funny how interest from PC gamers increases when you actually make PC ports.

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16:13 Jul-31-2018

That's because they've never been ON PC before now...

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21:44 Jul-31-2018

euu... Konami (Metal Gear series), Capcom (Devil may Cry series) SquareEnix (FF, Last Remnant .etc) Shin Migami Tensei: Persona; ring a bell ?

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15:51 Jul-31-2018

I have never been a fan of Japanese games, but recently ported games like Bayonetta and now Yakuza seem really intriguing.

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15:42 Jul-31-2018

I am playing almost only the JRPGs last year. I don't want nothing else. It's because of a long play time, great stories, great (and very sexy) characters, good gameplay etc. :)

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14:44 Jul-31-2018

Most of the games I love are Japanese, the second game I love the most is Nier Automata. I hope more and more japanese games come to PC.

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14:17 Jul-31-2018

How about Sega port the ps2 Shinobi games and Gungrave games over to PC then, I'm pretty sure there are fans of those games on pc too.

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13:36 Jul-31-2018

Then no excuse to leave out all the Persona games and all Valkyria Chronicles games! hop to it SEGA!

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11:42 Jul-31-2018

I think the interest was always there, it's only now the developers are seeing PC is a nice earner for remasters/remakes/rehashes/redo's/ erm...older games

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10:51 Jul-31-2018

I don't think the interest level for Japanese games was ever under question - it was the damn cross-platform prevention that made people not care enough about these titles - and these idiots know this well enough....

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