Phantasy Star Online 2 was originally slated for an early 2013 Western release, after a delay and no new news, Asia will see the game in 2014
Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2) was released late last year by Sega in Japan and with a following for the franchise here in the States, players clamored for a PSO2 release here. Sega was happy to oblige at that time and announced that the U.S. would in fact receive a localized version of the game in early 2013. Gamers rejoiced, including myself.
Once 2013 rolled around though Sega had some other plans in mind. Back in March, Sega announced that the US version of the game would in fact be delayed. No real delay reason, besides wanting the best monetization system possible, was given and a new timeline for the Western PSO2 release was never detailed.
What HAS been announced though is that there will be a PSO2 release in Asia in 2014. The game will be handled by two different distributors depending on location with Gamania handling Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau and with Asiasoft (of RO2 publishing infamy) handling the Southeast Asia territories in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. This localization effort is set to integrate local customs into each version of the PSO2 release in addition to language changes.
While this is certainly good news for those countries, unless you are just WAY too turned off with Asiasoft’s handling of the RO2 launch, what does it mean for a potential PSO2 release in the west? Will we ever see an official version of the game or will we have to be content with playing the Japanese version with the English patch, which technically forces us to violate the game’s EULA?
I have some fond memories of PSO in the past and personally hope we receive an official release soon. What about you?