In the last five years, there have been a growing number of Japanese titles popping up on PC, which is good news if you love, for example, the Tales Of or Disgaea or Yakuza series and don’t want to buy a console. However, there are still big gaps: what's more surprising is that PC doesn't have Persona 5 yet (although it does have Strikers and is getting SMT3: Nocturne remaster), but it looks like Sega's subsidiary, Atlus, is ready to make sure future games are released everywhere.
In an interview with the Japanese magazine Famitsu (translated by Central person), Sega’s director of strategy, Shuji Utsumi, highlighted Atlus as a study that could expand in that direction. Responding to a question about the future of Persona releases, he said that "a simultaneous release on multiple platforms would be favorable for our titles."
"Of course, we will make adjustments by title, but we also want to be aware of the global expansion of Atlus titles."
Atlus titles are generally published in the West long after the Japanese versions: it takes time to locate these heavy, text and dialogue titles. But the importance of cross-platform versions is demonstrated, says Utsumi, by the recent success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which was released simultaneously on PS4, Xbox and Steam in the West. After years of Sony exclusivity, Sega now considers Yakuza a cross-platform series (Unfortunately, the same approach is not being taken Judges).
The future of PC Atlus ports looks positive: Catherine Classic released on Steam in 2019 and Person 4 Golden last year. The latter was sold 500,000 copies in less than a month, which was encouraging for the highest Sega.