SEGA is Emphasizing Quality Over Schedule

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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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.

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  • alex benhard

    i hope they bring Yakuza, Bayonetta, Vanquish, Skies of Arcadia, Shenmue, Resonance of Fate to PC, now if only Atlus would follow suit too…

  • Mr0303

    To be honest, their IPs have been quality titles recently. Buying Atlus was the best decision they’ve ever made.

  • Ragunaxl

    PSO2…. never…..

  • ttaa22

    I hope that Sonic’s 25th anniversary console game will not be as bad as the previous games.

  • Laurence J. Nguyen

    Atlus will be fine, no doubt but as for Sega as a company… Well, 2015 was definitely not a very good year for them especially after what happen at the end of 2014. Oh boy.
    It is nice of them porting their games to the PC considering the fact that people can do “Mods” for their favorite PC titles and all that jazz. Whatever the future may hold in 2016 and beyond, I still think that game companies like Sega, Capcom, Konami, etc. are sadly shadows of their former selves and they will never really regain what really made them so special to begin with. I’m not really excited nor am I overexcited about Sonic’s 25th anniversary in 2016 but don’t take my word for it, that’s just me.
    I would have to agree with Miyamoto’s statement whether some people like it or not.

    Rushed game = 4ever 100% Awful >:(
    Delayed game = Eventually Good