By Jerry Hrechka / December 9th, 2015
This November, SEGA ported Sonic: Lost World to the PC. Since then, SEGA has confirmed that they will be porting more of their older games to the PC. SEGA Europe Exec John Clark had said. “This is the latest in a string of high quality PC ports of past SEGA titles that we will be building on in the coming months and years.”
This in and of itself is not particularly surprising, especially considering the massive success Valkyria Chronicles experienced. What is of note are statements of SEGA’s statements on how it wants to change direction of the company.
“I’ve been talking to employees about how [SEGA] should start putting serious consideration into quality from this point on,” he said. “Particularly in North America and Europe, where it’s always been more of a focus on schedules … I believe that if we can’t maintain quality, it would be better to not release anything at all.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen SEGA working to move away from a reputation it’s created for poor products, such as when they removed numerous smartphone games they considered unsatisfactory. If SEGA is serious about this, they still have a lot of work to do to improve their reputation in the eyes of many.
Persona 5, which is now owned by SEGA after their purchase of Index Corporation, has been delayed from 2015 to Summer 2016 for PS4 and PS3, so it seems as though SEGA’s new emphasis on making their games good rather than keeping to a schedule regardless of issues with the game. While some may find the move away a more rigid schedule unprofessional, it invokes words of Shigeru Miyamoto: A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.