Famitsu this week has an interview with Sega president Haruki Satomi, who discusses the current console market, quality in game development, and teases a potential announcement for the Tokyo Game Show in September.
Get the quotes below.
How are you thinking about the current home console market?
Satomi: “Looking at the Japanese domestic market, you get the impression things are pretty rough, but globally, the PS4 has had the fastest console sales in history, so I think there are opportunities out there.
“I’m feeling a particular response from Asia. The Chinese version of Yakuza 0 sold more than expected.
“We’ve learned a lot about the western market from Atlus. If we can deliver high-quality titles to fans of Japanese games, I think we have a decent chance of making it overseas.”
What specific efforts are you putting into your future home console games?
“Right now, I talk to our team about stressing quality over all else. The west is very schedule-oriented, but that means that if we can’t maintain our usual quality on a project, we shouldn’t put it out. Old Sega worked hard to establish a level of trust with its fans, but when I take a hard look at the past 10 years, I can see there have been some titles that betrayed that trust.”
Can we expect a high-quality title to be released during the second half of the year?
“Since we’re focused on quality, I can’t make any promises, but I do want to make an announcement of some sort regarding a home console game at the Tokyo Game Show.”
Thanks, Hachima Kikou.