Koei Gauging Interest From PC Gamers

By Ishaan . April 10, 2014 . 5:01pm

This morning, Tecmo Koei—specifically the Koei side of the company—asked fans on its Facebook page how many of them were PC gamers.

 

One fan replied: “Please don’t tease us,” to which Koei said, “We aren’t teasing. We just want to know how many so we can see what we can do.”

 

PC releases of certain games aren’t really “new” for Tecmo or Koei. For instance, YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z was recently released on PC, while the Nobunaga’s Ambition series of games has seen a number of PC iterations as well.

 

Most recently, however, Tecmo Koei announced a PC version of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends in Japan, and when we asked Tecmo Koei if the PC version would be brought to the West, they told us they would “look into the opportunity”.


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  • Roll Caskett

    That good to hear. Too bad the PC version of DW 8 is gonna have PS3 graphic and only release exclusive in Japan.

  • Jungo

    Hi I’m interested please count me Koei. One preorder is totally enough justification for a Western release, right?

  • Firion Hope

    I like TK so I’d love for them to release on more platforms

  • Audie Bakerson

    Hmm, already bugged the moonside for some ports, guess I’m off to bug the west.

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    Maybe. I never get comfortable playing on PC compared to when I play a console or handheld. If you promise to include demos I’ll try them.

  • MrJechgo

    *facedesk*

    Shouldn’t it be a no-brainer at this point? PC gamers have more powerful machines than consoles, are much more numerous than console owners, can get better online services, can get better prices for purchases and it lets them mod games for their own leisures.

    Only problem: piracy… but even consoles aren’t safe from that.

    • Audie Bakerson

      Piracy isn’t a problem. Every independent study says it is, at worst, neutral (if the DRM doesn’t crash a pirated game unannounced and give it a reputation for being buggy. Hi Titan’s Quest!), but often boosts sales (word of mouth and people who pirated then bought). At its worst, the pirates simply couldn’t buy your game even if they wanted to (not sold in their country, shitty standard of living, BR taxes).

      Admitedly, publishers don’t care about that and blame piracy for all ills because the shareholders buy it.

    • otakumike

      But would DW really click with pc gamers? The pc arena is even MORE competitive than the console one is so would DW even get a piece of that pie? That’s probably what TK is wondering.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

        I get what you are getting at but its not like PC gamers only play stuff available on the PC. Good chunk are still console players too or they switched from console to PC. I still do both but I know me and a few other people would kill for games like that on the PC. Reason why I hope that PC version of DW8X gets localized.

      • CirnoLakes

        The PC is a place where many niche games thrive. And Steam is a place where games get more exposure more than almost any other store. Steam I believe have more than 70 million active users.

        People notice games a lot more often on Steam and it is easy to find games, and people have noticed that their games often sell a lot better than expected on Steam. As well, being on Steam means continuous store space, and is easier to access than the PlayStation Network and its games.

        Sony has done a lot to make the PlayStation Store accessible, which has helped give a lot of notice to games. But hypothetically, you could have a Windows tablet on you in a local restaurant, and use the local wifi to check the Steam store. Not only could you check what new releases there are and what games are on sale, but you could buy or demo a game and try it out. It might not be optimal because you might not have a controller or a mouse with you and the game might not be suited. But it would at least allow you to be able to demo or try a game.

        I think this is a major advantage in exposure and leads to even some of the most niche games being noticed and selling very well. And is a part of the reason why Steam has 70 million active users. It is very easy to have access to a Windows PC and not only discover games, but to try them.

        Also, I think that PC gamers encompass every type of gamer. PC gamers don’t like one certain type of game, just like console gamers don’t like one certain type of game.

        I am a PC gamer, and my favourite genres of video game are Japanese RPGs, STGs, Platformers, Fighting Games, and Rhythm games.

    • Suicunesol

      PC owners are more numerous than console owners, but that doesn’t mean most PC owners have powerful PCs. Most of them don’t.

      You also can’t assume Dynasty Warriors is a game that has a large PC following. After all, one of the main features is local co-op, and that’s really done best on a TV.

      • Morricane

        Not like you can’t hook up a PC on a TV…and not like modern TVs aren’t basically the same thing as a PC monitor anyway – except without the ability to hook them up to the TV station network. :D

        • Suicunesol

          True. But then you might as well just use a game console if you’re going to play on your TV.

      • CirnoLakes

        PC gaming isn’t defined by what kind of screen you use. It’s arguable that many tablets are PC gaming. And there are many very powerful PC gaming tablets.

        PC gaming comes in many forms. There are PC desktops, laptops, tablets, handhelds, and some people make PCs as USB drives that can be plugged in to a TV. It seems likely that if Microsoft made a Windows 8 phone, and you plugged it into a TV, and played Recettear with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse or controller, that it would be PC gaming, too.

        PC gaming with a TV is very common. Especially since there are a lot of wireless keyboards, mice, and controllers. I’ve been doing that for years.

        Also, you don’t need a powerful PC to play PC games. Developers are struggling more and more each year to push the most powerful PC hardware and very few developers are doing it. Making most enthusiast hardware much more powerful than anyone needs to play even the most demanding games. And meanwhlie meaning that the hardware to play very demanding games is becoming more and more inexpensive as even hardware that can play every single game on the market well, is becoming more and more obsolete.

        The PlayStation 4, for instance, is quickly becoming less powerful than even some of the most budget PCs. And people are finding some of the multiplatform games between the platforms to sometimes be a little bit demanding, but not all that much so, and is still very affordable. A multiplatform title on the PlayStation 4 can be played on a PC of a relatively similar price. And a multiplatform title between the PlayStation 3 and PC, can be played on a very outdated and budget PC.

        And even a very, very outdated PC has a very, very large selection of titles that they will be able to play and to choose from. There is a very large library of retro and undemanding titles that even a cheap, $200 tablet or laptop can play.

        You don’t need a powerful PC to play a very many PC games.

        Mobile gaming is supposedly very, very popular and changing the market right now. This Toshiba Tablet PC is only $200.

        http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Encore-WT8-A32-8-Inch-Tablet/dp/B00G1YKHHA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1397226210&sr=8-3&keywords=Toshiba+tablet

        While it wouldn’t play the most demanding games. I don’t doubt it would easily play games like Ikaruga, Recettear, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Ys: Origins, and many other games. Probably fairly recent or demanding ones if you turn down some of the settings.

        And all you would have to do it plug it into a TV or put it on a stand and plug it into a USB controller or use a bluetooth controller and you would have an experience just like a console.

        And even some of the most outdated desktop PCs should be more powerful than this, given it is a mobile tablet device. And if not, for $200-300, you could play almost any game you could imagine, especially if you turn down the settings. And especially if you were willing to spend as much as $400-500 dollars, which is as much as the PlayStation 4 and XBOX One are costing.

    • John Hayabusa

      TK, please bring Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive to PC. Please, please, please.

  • Letrico

    OMG I didn’t even know Yaiba was on PC. Time to pick it up when it goes on sale

  • Hector Velar

    dead or alive v ultimate. make it happen!

    • fairysun

      Moddable Dead or Alive 5 …
      DAMN!
      My imagination runs wild already.

    • Armane

      This and Deception IV with Steam Workshop support for new traps would be great.

  • DesmaX

    Well, that’s not a very effective way to gauge interest. Releasing a PC port of an older Dynasty Warrios on Steam would probably be better, but I dunno.

    Anyway, I do hope for the PC version of the new game to arrive here.

  • Six

    Not really much for Dynasty Warriors, but I’ll take Ninja Gaiden Black with a side of Ninja Gaiden 2, plz.

  • Audie Bakerson

    FYI: The TK European twitter also asked it if you don’t want to bother with facebook.

    • Shady Shariest

      Yupo! Was about to write a message about using Facebook to gauge something -_-’ Thank’ies :3

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    Damn they really gonna use Yaiba as an indicator for this?

    I mean I want TK games on PC but I don’t know if I want them THAT BADLY.

  • Impressionnant

    Totori in 4k/120fps.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    “We just want to know how many so we can see what we can do.”

    Here’s something you can easily do at little cost to yourself. Give the games from Koei’s classic back catalogue (such as Genghis Khan and Pacific Theater of Operations) to GOG so they can modify them to work on modern operating systems and sell them on their service. That way, you can use those older titles (that are currently just gathering dust) for something useful, both you and GOG can earn some money for very little effort and PC gamers get the chance to play some of your classic titles again. It’s a win for everybody!

  • Hexodious

    My PC is shit. And I won’t rebuild it again. I can get a console for the same, if not, lower price.

    And I already have DW8 for my Vita, so skipping out.

  • Six

    I’ll never understand posts like this. You’d think people would be for more games being available on more platforms.

  • lunier

    I don’t think you understand, people randomly get upset about things they don’t have access/things that aren’t targeted towards them for some reason.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    What would be the reason of owning a console if more and more games get ported to PC which already has hardware superiority?

    That’s kind of the point. Most normal people don’t want to own any specific kind of console. They just want the games, whichever way they can get them most conveniently and at an affordable price.

  • ivarious

    The console only lose value for people who haven’t already have it.

  • darke

    That sounds like a bitter-console-gamer inferiority complex you’ve got. Don’t worry, as a Superior PC Gamer (along with a PS4, PS3, PS2, Vita, and DS gamer), my noblesse oblige doesn’t let me feel I need to reciprocate such.

    I am always happy when one of the many, many platform exclusives that my Superior PC has, is ported to a lesser platform.

    And, in addition, I can already play my Atelier PS2 games on my Superior PC; and in a few years time I’m sure the PS3 emulators will be good enough I’ll be able to play my Atelier PS3 games on it as well.

    In fact most of the PS2 games play much better in the PS2 emulator (made, obviously, by Superior PC Gamers) than the programmatically-challenged PS2 emulator on the PS3 (obviously of course, it must have been developed by Less Superior Gamers; we shall not name names though).

    (Ok, now I’ve ground that joke into the ground… I still can’t understand the hissy-fits. Then again I could never understand it when it was C64 vs BBC Micro vs Spectrum vs Apple vs whatever else; I can probably still remember most of the differences between their versions of BASIC though. :P )

  • Mir Teiwaz

    If the system you own “loses value” because a game you like gets ported to another platform, then you care WAY too much about having a game to yourself. My Gamecube didn’t lose value when Resident Evil 4 got ported to the PS2 (despite being advertised as an exclusive). My PS3 didn’t lose value when Konami ported Metal Gear Rising to the PC.

    Tecmo-Koei isn’t a first or second party developer/publisher. They don’t have to stick to any one platform for a game if they don’t want to. If there’s money to be made, they’ll port it, and I will happily buy the game on PC if they decide to do so.

  • Morricane

    That might be because most normal people have to prioritize spending their money to pay things like…food, clothes, their apartment…over consoles?

  • Morricane

    I’d like to be able to play PS2 games on my Superior PC too…which is not superior because its a 4-year old laptop :D (and yes, the reason I don’t own a more current one is the same as the reason I don’t own a PS4 for example…haha)

  • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

    Then you’re taking out your dissatisfaction with the userbase on the platform instead. That hardly sounds fair – or well-considered. I’ve been into games for over a decade without ever paying attention to platform/console wars; it’s very doable.

  • darke

    Yeah but every one and their dog port begs. If there’s a vita story here there’s regularly someone wanting it on the ps3 and vis versa. A 3ds article? They’ll be someone wanting it on vita.

    I imagine in a few months time when yet another JRPG is announced for the PS3, they’ll be people complaining it’s not out on the PS4.

    About the only thing more common here than port begging is translation begging. :P

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    I don’t know if you realize this, but you calling people “annoying” and “arrogant” in this instance is highly ironic in light of your own attitude toward PlayStation platforms.

  • Yan Zhao

    I actually have to agree with 9li8 here. The PC gamers and their elitist attitudes are some of the most obnoxious gamers I have ever seen with their constant “PC Mastery Race” nonsense.

    I mean let’s be real, you cant be a master race in gaming when most games on PC are just ports of console games, and a good percentage of games are console exclusive. People buy Consoles because they want to play games they like, not because X Console has superior specs.

    In the end of the day, all your super-duper PC specs means jacksquat if you cant play the game you want on it. It’s not a difficult concept to grasp. Hence why all PC gamers goes from an arrogant elitist to a pathetic beggar everytime a new awesome console game gets revealed/released. It’s quite a sight.

    I own a very good spec’d PC and can play most games on it. But I still chose to play on console. Because the game selection is simply better. I have nothing against games being available on PC. But the general attitude of PC gamers just makes me not want to sympathize with them ever.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Exactly.

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