"Many Publishers Don't View PC As An Important Platform"
Platinum Games relies on publisher support to get their games out, as evidenced by a recent partnership with Nintendo that will see Bayonetta 2 release as a Wii U exclusive after SEGA turned down the project. However, the massive studio is currently mulling over new ways to fund their titles on new platforms, specifically the expanding PC market.
“Console game development budgets are really big,” Platinum director Atsushi Inaba told Polygon, "so we need publishing partners to create those games. I was thinking – with our own money – about creating a PC title for Steam. It would give us the possibility to become a publisher, which is very attractive to me.”
Inaba continued by suggesting that the PC gaming sector is a truly global market that Japanese developers would be wise to support. “If you think about the console market in Japan, and compare it to the world, it’s not that big. So I view the PC as an area with huge potential. It would be great if we could do a Kickstarter and gather enough money for a game to be released on Steam."
"We haven't released anything on Steam yet, or any PC games for that matter, so I'm not in a position to encourage other people to do so. However, I used to belong to a big publisher [Capcom]. And if you're at a big publisher, business gets carried on just seeing your game on console. Many publishers don't view PC as an important platform," he concluded.
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