Sega has been working hard to bring its latest games and classics to PC via Steam. Sega Europe leads the charge with PC-only titles like Total War: Warhammer II, Warhammer: Dawn of War III, and Football Manager, but the past few months have seen classic releases like Bayonetta and Vanquish. Sega Europe's senior vice president of commercial publishing John Clark talked to PCGamer about the company's commitment to Steam. Part of that commitment is making sure the games fit the PC platform.
"As gamers we play on Steam, we see our franchises on Steam, [and] we’d love to play all of our games on Steam," said Clark. "So when we’re looking to bring games like Bayonetta and Vanquish, [we] make sure that they’re relevant today. On one hand it's getting the game ported to PC but on the other hand we need to make sure that they’re good PC games, making sure that technically they really, really deliver what the community wants and for what the tech-savvy community wants on Steam."
There are some Sega games that haven't made the transition to PC though, notably the Yakuza series and most of the games from Sega subsidiary Atlus, including the fan-favorite Persona games. Clark noted that it would be "incredible" to bring Yakuza to PC, but remained quiet on Persona making the transition.
"It just makes sense that we all talk together about extending all of those, incredible IP, across to Steam and recognise the fact that the PC audience adds to those community and consumer experiences, it doesn’t detract from it and it isn’t anything that they need to be concerned about, so... those conversations definitely happen," explained Clark.
"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 [conversations], they’re healthy conversations, they’re constructive, we recognise the value, we recognise the value of the community, we recognise the value of the IP," said Clark.
Clark added that news on more ports or titles would be "coming out in the next few months". Currently, the publisher is working on supporting the releases of Vanquish and Bayonetta, but it is "actively working on other games as we speak." Bringing great games to more platforms is always a win, but hopefully we start hearing about more Sega and Atlus titles moving over to PC.