Stellar Blade studio is now 'considering' a PC release, and a sequel too

Stellar Blade screenshot
(Image credit: Shift Up)

Stellar Blade was originally introduced in 2019 as Project Eve, after which it fell off our radar until 2021, when we said it looked like a cross between Nier and Bayonetta. A year later it got a new name—Stellar Blade—and became a PlayStation 5 exclusive, and that was pretty much that for us.

But it may not remain that way forever: Developer Shift Up said in its latest financial report, shared on Twitter by Okami13_ (via RPS) that it is now looking into a possible PC release.

The English-language wording of the Google-translated report is a bit wonky in spots, but it specifically notes the importance of the PC market: "The expansion of PC-based gaming platforms such as Steam and the Epic Games Store has made AAA titles more accessible to PC users, pushing them beyond the limitations of traditional console platforms." 

Increasingly powerful PC hardware, meanwhile, has "allowed game developers to publish their games on both PC and console platforms, further increasing the audience for AAA titles."

There's nothing terribly new in any of that: Consoles are stratified into static "generations" while PCs are fluid, ever-evolving beasts, which keeps them on the cutting edge of technology. More simplistically, though, PC gaming is really popular, and Shift Up has big ambitions for Stellar Blade. Citing series like God of War and Final Fantasy, the report says "there are several precedents for AAA titles evolving into IP franchises by extending their lifespan through a series of high-quality sequels and maintaining a long-term revenue base. Accordingly, we are considering producing a PC version and sequel to [Stella Blade]."

I don't think anyone will be too surprised if and when it happens. We called a PC release likely when PS5 exclusivity was announced in 2022, and Sony has been leaning into the PC market much more heavily in recent years, most recently with Ghost of Tsushima, which looks set to be another major hit and further reinforcement of Sony's relatively new (and so far quite successful) multiplatform release strategy. Stellar Blade would seem to be a good fit for that: It's not a huge-name exclusive (a "tentpole title," as they're sometimes called) but despite some upset over a ridiculous clothing controversy, detailed by our friends at GamesRadar, it is by all reports quite a good game

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.