E3 2017: Sega Interested in Porting Persona and Yakuza Titles to PC

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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In an interview with PC Gamer, Sega Europe’s senior vice-president of commercial publishing, John Clark, revealed more information about Sega’s interest in bringing over Japanese console games to PC after being asked what titles are likely to be next to hit the platform.

Clark said that:

“If I asked you to write me a list of ten games you want Sega to bring out on PC, it probably isn’t any different from the list [we have]. I could ask anyone at Sega: write me a list. And what motivates it? I think there’s a certain catalogue that people just have an affinity with. If you send [your] list over I’ll tell you which ones we can tick, which ones are on our list, which ones are possibilities, which ones are not possibilities, which ones we’ve talked about, which ones we’re talking about, which ones we’re working on, you know, they’ll be on that list.”

When asked about whether the Yakuza series stands a chance of being ported over, he said:

“It’s on that list. Of course something we’re talking about it… that would just be incredible to bring that to the PC audience.”

Then when he was asked about porting Atlus’s Persona series, he responded with:

“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.”

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  • Audie Bakerson
    • Miqubi

      I’ll consider it a win after I see the steam page up, until that happens this is a PSO2-kind of talk

      They delivered with bayo and vanquish, but I’ll never bet on SEGA knowing that Atlus and above all SEGA Japan are involved.


      The whole interview is not up yet, so you’ll have to check PC Gamer!

      It sounds interesting, especially as it’s from a PC site’s perspective!

    • Miqubi

      Yeah temporarily keeping an eye on pcgamer till I see the full interview.
      I can’t say I’ll get my hopes up but it sounds better than Hardin going on about infinite improbability drives 😛

    • Panpopo

      I understand that, but PSO2 is an mmo with constant costs – a port of Yakuza or Persona or any of the SMT games should be a once done deal.

      I think those will happen some day. They could start it easy, like persona 3 to test the waters. I personally would like PC gamers to try the ps2 games myself, as that would reach a whole new generation and audience.

    • Miqubi

      I’m just pessimist when it’s something sega related :p

    • DizzyGear

      I’m calling it. We’ll see an announcement this year for Persona 5 PC at least. Not porting that game is just leaving money on the table.

      PSO2 is a ship thats sailed i’m afraid.
      Even if we get it in the west somehow there will be a lot of missing content due to the crapload of anime tie-ins the Japanese version has. The best we can hope for at this point is English language support for the Japanese client like Granblue Fantasy.

    • Miqubi

      if I had to speculate and actually get my hopes up I would hazard 2018

  • Some furf

    That’s all so very non-committal. Yes, okay, there are things they want to do. Will they actually though?

  • Valwin Mediaz

    God i hope not

    • Why not?

    • Valwin Mediaz

      Because no

    • That is not a good reason child.

  • Valwin Mediaz

    Cant even Port Goldent to the ps3 and Ps4 so yea no

    • Miqubi

      That just means Atlus doesn’t care enough to port it, any PC porting effort would come from SEGA Europe

    • Valwin Mediaz

      How about no

    • Miqubi

      what a terrific amount of logic poured into that rebuttal, I bet you’re right because CLEARLY you must be so!
      Also “how about no” what? your sentence makes no sense as a reply to what I said.

    • Oh another Sony fanboy from that horrible site gematsu. Cancer just oozes from that site. lol

    • Valwin Mediaz

      Nice argument

    • I just give you Gematsu Sony fanboys what you guys can mentally handle. lol