Steam Greenlight has been highly controversial since launch, certainly not helped by the fact that some developers have resorted to bribery just to get votes. But to developer Treasure, Steam Greenlight has been a blessing in more way than one. Late last year, Treasure's Ikaruga was greenlit a mere two weeks after appearing on Steam Greenlight.
Ikaruga is an old school arcade shoot'em-up, originally released in Japan arcades in 2001. The Steam edition of Ikaruga won't simply be a straight port though, with Treasure adding HD support, new game modes, and several Steam features. While that is all well and good, Treasure doesn't plan on stopping there. Speaking to Famitsu, Treasure president Masato Maegawa stated that the company not only plans on releasing ports of its other games, but that the studio is thinking about making "a new original title for the platform, Steam." Ikaruga getting greenlit essentially showed the small indie developer that there was a market on PC for its games. This was a game voted in by fans simply because of word of mouth and because of that, PC gamers may soon get to enjoy more of Treasure's games.
Chalk one up for Steam Greenlight!