Phantasy Star Online 2 US and Europe is still a thing

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Hang in there, guys; Sega has confirmed through Twitter that the Western versions of the eternally delayed MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2 are still happening. After missing its original 2013 launch date, plenty of subsequent rumors of cancellation and even the release of the SEA version (May 2014), Western players were losing hope on getting this MMO.

Finally breaking the complete silence that lasted for many months, Sega replied on Twitter with the following:

So it’s great news then, although we admit that we would prefer a new screenshot or gameplay video to bring the hype back to life. We have a few Phantasy Star Online 2 gameplay videos recorded from the Japanese version, so don’t forget to take a look.

Now we only need to ask NCsoft what’s going on with the Western version of Blade and Soul!

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  • Vince

    Man, I’m such a sucker. I know this is the barest minimum thing that they can do… but I admit, it’s enough to inspire faith in the project again for me. Well, that and the fact that WE KNOW AN ENGLISH VERSION EXISTS ALREADY. 😛

    Still, it doesn’t carry a ton of wait since what would this be leading towards? There’s no big game show coming up for such an announcement… unless they deliver a little blurb for the Western PSO2 at TGS in a few weeks.

    I do hope it comes next year. SEGA has had such an awful 2014. Just 4 games – Hatsune Miku, 2 versions of Sonic Boom, Aliens Isolation. MAYBE Bayonetta 2, which they still have their name on, but is pretty much Nintendo’s game now. Though it was also a solid year for Atlus, who they now own. They need to get their stuff together and start lining up major releases for next year. Hopefully after Aliens comes out, we start hearing more about their 2015 releases, and PSO2 NA will be part of that.

    I want to play this.

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    • freemmostation

      I don’t quite get it either. The translation should be the difficult part and that is pretty much done already. I’m guessing they don’t feel they have the staff to handle it yet (either development and future support).

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      • Vince

        It’s the same thing with Square and Dragon Quest X. But I don’t know if I can buy that so much anymore in general, because of partnerships like Trion & XL Games coming together to bring ArcheAge to North America.

        But with Sega themselves finding a partner company to release that English version in Southeast Asia (AsiaSoft), you’d figure they’d be open to working with someone here – Nexon, SOE, Trion, Perfect World, whatevs – to release a NA version. Because you’re right – I can understand them lacking in staff or resources to tackle this at the moment. But jeez; they’ve proven already they don’t have to go at it alone.

        Maybe they just wanted to slap the Atlus name on it for some reason, and had to wait for their absorption to be completed :)

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        • freemmostation

          Nice theory there with the Atlus name 😀 But I really dunno, I guess they don’t believe that much in their game (monetization-wise). Perhaps they’re scared of the heavy competition, but not giving it a try is like saying they’re not confident on the game. And as years go by, it will probably age badly…

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  • FrostedFireFly

    I really hope they shift their focus on bringing this to the west a bit more. It’s pretty clear they have a huge audience ready for it but it just feels like they don’t see it that well.

    As mentioned, it’s the same situation with DQX since they responded saying they’d love to do so but without much action being present to show that.

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    • freemmostation

      And as time goes by, the audience shrinks more and more. It’s the same as with Blade and Soul: two huge games that are losing all their potential – not just for the huge delay, but mostly because of the complete silence about the status of those games. If Sega and NCsoft did it the Blizzard way – one new screenshot every month to keep everyone excited about the game – today the potential playerbase would still be huge, perhaps even bigger than a year ago.

      But noooo. Let’s just shut up and not even mention if the Western versions are dead or alive.

      Someone needs to brush up on their marketing…

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  • Gamer

    I played that game,Vindictus is much better than this,expected more from this :/

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