Persona 4 Golden PC Version’s Success Leads to Planned Port Releases in the Future
Sega Sammy's President and Vice-President revealed that the success of the Persona 4 Golden PC port would lead to more ports in the future.
Sega Sammy recently released their Fiscal Year Ending March 2021 first quarter financial results, encompasing the period from April to June 2020. As such there was the usual investor’s Q&A which featured Haruki Satomi (President and Group COO) and Koichi Fukazawa (Senior Executive Vice President and Group CFO). One of the questions concerned the recent Persona 4 Golden PC port and how its resulting success would affect any possible future Atlus titles making its way to Steam. This was their response:
Q: Persona 4 the Golden has been selling well on Steam, but do you have any plans to sell newly released games on Steam as well?
A: We remastered Persona 4 the Golden, a title previously sold on the PlayStation Vita, and released it for sale on Steam this fiscal year. Because of the game’s critical acclaim and its low selling price, sales were much stronger than expected. We will continue to actively promote porting previously released titles to Steam and new platforms. We are also negotiating with platform holders for new games in the future, and we’re considering ways to sell under favorable conditions for each title. Among them are measures such as preparing PC versions of the titles from the beginning, with multi-platform releases in mind.
Just last month, Atlus West announced that the PC port of the popular JRPG title hit the 500,000 player mark. To commemorate the occasion, series character designer Shigenori Soejima drew an adorable sketch of some of the main character.
As a heavily expanded and refined release of the original game, Persona 4 Golden considered one of the most acclaimed JRPGs of the past decade. But unfortunately despite its critical praise the game, which launched back in 2012, was essentially trapped on the poorly-received and ill fated PS Vita. This had the effect of limiting the potential audience. And for the longest time, Golden stayed there, even though the Vita was increasingly fading out of the picture as the years went by and fans were consistently vocal in wanting to see a port or remaster of the game — and other Atlus favorites — on other platforms.
During the PC Gaming Show earlier this year, eight years after its initial launch, Golden was announced and released for the PC the same day via Steam, finally freeing it up from the Vita. This also offered a small but encouraging hope that Atlus is becoming more open to porting its existing titles to PC. If you’re interested in reading a more opinionated take on Persona 4 Golden‘s PC iteration, be sure to also check out our review of the port.