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Raijin1999 Jun 7, 12
Pretty sure it's playing out this way as a cost cutting measure by Namco. Namco wanted a quick buck, and PC players bothered them to turn an ear to the sounds of coins clanging. That said, this game would have been on the PC from the start >if< Namco actually believed piracy would magically keep itself at Bay and their efforts to produce an 'optimized for pc' experience would 'pay off'.

Think i'm out of quotations....

Anywho, the reason it's a quick and dirty job is likely because they never had faith in spending on a PC version in the first place. They couldn't be bothered to spend money on real servers to host the game either (servers are matchmaking lobbies only). Meanwhile Atlus, a company with far less funds to spend, sprang for North American server infrastructure.

Hats off to ya again, Atlus!
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THM Jun 7, 12
Instead of emphasising on RPGs, 'From Software' should create Tenchu 5 on current gen, it's been over six years now!!
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Raijin1999 Jun 7, 12
The Tenchu series has changed hands several dozen times. Not really sure who owns it now.
Funny thing is, Sony was pissed they lost Tenchu on their system and the original creative team ended up in another studio, creating the clone "Shinobido: Way of the Ninja". Almost exact Tenchu mechanics. That said, many of those mechanics are very dated now and need to be addressed if they wish to continue that series. Currently they ported Shinobido 2 from the PS2 to the PSVita, but prior to that the series was only available in the PAL region and Japan. Certain 'conditions' kept the game series from arriving stateside until the Vita port.

From Software's next game will likely be Demons Souls 2 (I suspect it to be a surpsise PS4 launch title) or Dark Souls 2. Armored Core V was a failure, and if they intend to 'globalize' they will need to stick with what works. They're also seeing new competition in games like Dragon's Dogma, showing Japan's pulling itself from it's development rut and can finally get on the same page as western developers in design. Demons/Dark Souls 2 will need to address some issues with gameplay as well, and I don't just mean the lag problems with front facing backstabs. Some of the game mechanics just aren't up to par, and even using magic in Dark Souls was not truly a viable option againt a melee pvp player. (And then there was the frame rate...)
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Darknet Jun 7, 12
It just hit me: how often do Japanese developers actually develop games for PC?
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Raijin1999 Jun 7, 12
Only the ones making porn games apparently.
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Kidedan Jun 7, 12
Anyone think the structure in the background looks like the giant circular building in the Painted World? Just thought that was a bit curious.
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Shadow of Death Jun 8, 12
quote Darknet
It just hit me: how often do Japanese developers actually develop games for PC?
I can't really recall a big budget Japanese PC game, actually 0_o

Mostly it's the small stuff, indie type works like Recettear and Chantelise (same studio & localization team too).

Seriously, it seems MOST of the big companies (be they publishers or developers) are ill-informed about how the PC market works in general. They think PC is synonymous with piracy, and that such things don't apply to the Console market as well (on top of used games sales as well).

Another game that I'd like on PC is Dragon's Dogma but I bet that would be a direct port too ~_~
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chautemoc Jun 8, 12
Darknet Shadow of Death Lost Planet 2. Pretty much anything by Capcom, really, but that's the most extravagant example. They've said it's been a tough time for the American division to convince the Japanese division to do more PC stuff, but it's paid off and with great success.
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K Jun 8, 12
Are any of you guys on an actual development team, or are all this speculation?
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Shadow of Death Jun 9, 12
quote K
Are any of you guys on an actual development team, or are all this speculation?
The article isn't speculation aside from the obvious parts (I.E. "....though perhaps the raw power of the PC and driver help from AMD and NVIDIA will alleviate them at least somewhat."). Naturally the comment section would be rife with speculation and asides.

However, at least some of us have experience with Console to PC ports, and poorly done ones at that. This is sure to be another one of those. Some of the people on the conversion team are saying as much, as per the article.
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nategatorc Jun 9, 12
What will be worse, this port or the port of Saints Row 2?
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nategatorc Jun 9, 12
The Saints Row 2 port, and I'm not making this up, actually slowed down if your CPU clock speed was above 3.2Gz.
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