Bayonetta 2 developer Platinum Games has expressed interest in creating new PC titles and funding them through Kickstarter. The studio’s executive director, Atsushi Inaba has specifically name-dropped Steam as a possible outlet for said projects.
Speaking with Polygon, Inaba stated, “Console game development budgets are really big,” he said, “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.”
“If you think about the console market in Japan,” Inaba continued, “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.”
Inaba’s comments echo a recent statement made by Half-Minute Hero developer MarvelousAQL. The studio is bringing its game to Steam soon but has criticised the platform for now being Japan-friendly enough to make it a real prospect in the country.
However MarvelousAQL’s Esteban Salazar did state that, “My personal opinion is that [Steam] is one of the ways that Japan can still compete, as far as putting their games in front of users, and not having to spend huge mega-budgets. It can help them compete with Western publishers.”
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