By Spencer . November 22, 2013 . 1:19am
Phantasy Star Online 2 has been updated a couple of times now and this new opening movie focuses on the Mining Base Defense content coming on December 18.
WHY ARE WE WAITING
Cause you know… SEGA! Lol.
People always use the “It’s sega” response, but up until like 2011 their 3rd party localization track record wasn’t this bad.
I sure hope their reasons this time is that they don’t know how to market a MMO.
That’s probably it. They’re afraid to waste money on marketing and it ends up flopping. Only reason it would end up failing now though is because they’re taking their sweet ass time to translate it to the point where most people who are already playing on the JP servers are not about to switch anytime soon unless they can transfer their characters.
I don’t remember seeing ANY marketing for PSU. I had cash to burn, went into a random Gamestop, took a look at the back, and basically took a chance with this game.
It was alright, but comparing it to the other unknown games I took a chance with this was the lesser of many great evils.
because you’re too lazy to do the english patch
There’s an English Patch for the Vita version? *o*
It’s not even possible since most texts are on the server side.
And we do have partial english patch for the PC version.
the items aren’t translated
aside from that like everything is? it’s totally 100% playable
I don’t like not being able to understand item on RPG or forced to translate it manually using wiki so it’s not really playable for me.
w o w
well, let me just elaborate further, the patch doesn’t translate items, but you can easily ctrl+c their names in menu and use the english item database to know on what they are, this process doesn’t take more than 5 seconds (unless if your computer can’t run it that well)
and the items themselves have distinct icons to know on which do which, meaning that doing what i mentioned above isn’t really needed unless if you really want to know on the specifics
There’s actually a patch to translate item names now though. And the naming conventions sounds very PS.
It sometimes misses an item or two, but overall, it works great.
oh? that’s convenient
Most items are translated now.
i wouldnt say that. Still, Kinda weird that a big company like sega, hasnt said nothing about the game for more than a year now.
Some people want it for the vita, so yea. Why are we waiting?
Because it doesn’t resonate!
Because they know we all use the fan translation to play it
Has anyone checked the trailer with a microscope yet?
It could contain a hint of localization there!
Dat Falz Apprentice :B
I’m importing the Vita version.
I’m sick of waiting for SEGA of America after keeping us in the dark for this long. I’m honestly getting kinda depressed over the fact that we’ve heard absolutely NOTHING out of them. At this point, I would be ecstatic if they at least told us that they’ve finally decided to cancel it. At least then I wouldn’t be torn between waiting for an English version, one that I can understand, or getting the Japanese version.
Guess I should start taking some Japanese courses…
You definitely should. Otherwise you’re probably missing on countless gems like the Sora no Kiseki series, Tengai Makyou, Sigma Harmonics, Last Ranker, etc…
When I heard about Hanjaku Hero and how Square cancelled the announced localization I decided to learn Japanese… but I’m still a beginner. I’m struggling with the kanji in Terranigma’s JP version (a relatively short script) and I can see they already butchered its English text.
I took an elementary course in Japanese due to interest and it was a requirement but work had me struggling with schoolwork so I had to drop it. It was a relatively short course so we were required to learn the entire 42 characters in the Hiragana in one week. I could have passed it but considering had a full course load and it was only online ( I like face-to-face interactions better ), I decided I would wait until I had more free time to focus on it more.
It really is a challenging language to learn and I hope that I can get the basics down at the least.
Importing? This game is free :D
Yea but I would have to constantly reformat my memory card just so I can access the JP PSN store or swap out memory cards and reinitialize the Vita. Honestly seems like too much of a hassle for me, especially since I already traded in my 32GB and shelled out some cash for a 64GB memory card.
It’s just easier for me to have the physical copy not only because it’s region free but this might also be the only game I will EVER get as a physical copy ( unless Battle of Z is going physical only ).
It also comes with some nifty in-game items so that’s a plus.
Or another option is to play on PC and get the English patch, its very easy to install and the translator also made a custom launcher that is in every way better than SAGA’s hard drive wiping launcher.
I would love to play it on PC and, the first few weeks it released on JP server, I had but couldn’t enjoy it as much as I had wanted to due to the language barrier. I had tried the patch and it was great but only got to use it for about a week before my PC crashed and became inoperable. Right now I’m on a borrowed PC and trying to run PSO2 on this crap is just bad. Slow frame rate, horrible graphics ( bad enough with my poor eyesight ) , cutting audio, etc…
Not to say that the PC version is bad but until I get money for a better PC, I’m sticking to the Vita for now. Only about $40 – $50 on eBay.
Plus, it would be great to be able to play it on the go. Maybe I’ll get Nova too depending on how that looks.
I see…. well now its much better, I can maybe say 90% (all the important stuff) of the game is translated minus the newest release this past week, story is just one release behind too. Lots of English player on ship 2, I know people always knock the plays there as the gathering of scum, but there are just as many nice player on it too.
I’m pretty sure it is!
I’m not saying that the English Patch was bad or outdated, I’m just saying my particular experience first time around was bad because my individual equipment not meeting the standard as well as my own ignorance of such a patch being in development.
And I JUST found out about most of the English Players occupying Ship 2. My dumb self always makes characters on the last server so I was dumbfounded when I couldn’t find even just ONE English player. If I had known about this sooner I probably would still be playing now despite my crappy PC specs.
But I think I’ll wait until Christmas to see if there’s even a shred of hope for localization. Otherwise, my Christmas present is gonna be the PSO2 Vita version.
You’re totally right, forgot about the switching memory card thing, sorry.
If you buy the retail game, can you really play it without reformatting the Vita to a Japanese account?!…
Pretty confident that’s the case. I’ve heard the PS Vita is region-free so playing any other region games should not warrant a different, separate account.
In the case of PSO2 I’m not sure since it is a MMO that you buy credits for to buy in-game premium items. But so long as you don’t care for that stuff you should be able to play it no problem.
This will be my first imported game for the Vita.
Yeah you can play it on your english account perfectly fine if you buy the cartridge.
Thanks for clearing that up.
No prob. Maybe we can play together when you do get it :D
Hopeful I’ll be able to navigate the menus… Ship 2, right?
Yeah ship 2. :D
That’s great news. Too bad for the premium items, but, in the end, who cares? Also, PC is not an option for me, as it’s slow and I must use it for work, but congratulations to the guys who made the translation patch.
If I get a used copy, am I all right or there are problems with redeemed “netpass” and such?… I don’t know how the online registration works…
Nah a used copy just doesn’t come with the character costume codes from Phantasy Star Portable 2. You’ll be fine.
I can’t wait for the 18th, then~*~*~
it was neat seeing a lot of the default models as characters in the trailer. I kind of want to make an alt with one of those models ahhh
I’m supporting SEGA since i was small…
even still play sonic games until now…
To realized that they lied about february 2013 release…
a little bit…
considering on how “great” the sonic games have been these few years, i’m surprised you didn’t lose hope faster
Hate to say it. but it’s never gonna come.
even if it does, i would be playing disgaea 4 and FF first =D
I’m not too familiar with Phantasy Star Online or even MMOs in general, but regardless–this looks *absolutely* fantastic. So I’m curious: Why isn’t this localized? And if it isn’t Sega’s priority #1 for localization… why isn’t it?
I genuinely would like to hear any kind of explanation, because in all these news posts the only reason I see commented is “Sega hates us.” There has to be *something* more than that. Sega is a company, and the average company wants to make money–lots of money–and from every source possible. My casual gamer mind may be wrong, but MMOs are pretty popular, right? So wouldn’t something that screams AAA production like this hit it off rather well? Or would it legitimately cost Sega more money to localize and run than what they’d get back from it? I’m likely missing something obvious here, so any illumination on the subject would be appreciated.
The idea of a top-class MMO for a handheld in particular sounds appealing though. What would it take for Sega to localize this game for the Vita? If they’ve found some success with something as niche as Hatsune Miku games in the West, wouldn’t something like *this* fare drastically better? It really makes me think that the intention to localize PSO2 exists, but perhaps some kind of technical or corporate issues have hindered its progress in some way.
Here is my take on it:
I believe its all due to the “Arks Cash” Freeiumn system they have going. AC is basically PSO2’s points that you can buy with real money that can be used purchase access to shops, fully customize player housing, extra skill slots, extra storage etc. However there is also a lottery system that gets updated often with costumes and special accessories. I think this AC scratch is treading into the gambling law territory with various NA/EU country. *This is purely my opening and speculation and I’m in no way a law expert.* Not to mention all the copywrite law they have to waddle through with various collaboration with different games and anime franchise.
Also the fan made translation is translating 90%+ of the game and usually is just a week behind the updates. I suppose Sega is reluctantly recognizing the unofficial international version. Plus it doesn’t help with the official translation team if there are new items every other week and lots lots of major update if there is even one being worked on at the moment.
Thanks for the response, Houten!
This is the first I’ve heard of the pseudo-gambling, but it sounds like something that could actually be a stumbling block through the seas of legalese. The collaborations with other franchises is also an interesting point–normally I’d think they could just take out such elements for Western shores, but the fact it’s an international MMO probably complicates such matters to some degree (perhaps dramatically).
In regards to translation, I’ve always felt that a company as huge as Sega should be able to handle that sort of thing without *so* much difficulty. I mean, if you need a translator, you hire one–and it shouldn’t take *that* long to translate some new missions and items every now and then; but again perhaps I’m missing something obvious and it’s all infinitely more complicated than I imagine.
It’s all just a bit sad, seeing the game fall by the wayside when the potential is there for it to have a really big effect worldwide. Particularly with the Vita, I can imagine some great possibilities there–it’d at least be something unique to get the system in the hands of gamers interested in a giant, portable MMO.
That was an awesome opening, and the whole ‘fighting bugs in the desert’ reminded me of Starship Troopers.
It was never going to come for the PSV and, at this point, the PC version is probably a no-go too~.
They might as well try to release it on PS4 but knowing them they probably will but for Japanese only.
WHERES DAT ENGLISH RELEASE!
Why do you make us suffer SEGA! do you hate us!!!!!!! We’ve been throwing money at you for years, give us the damn game already!
sega wasting money on useless stuff as usual, the whole world its still waiting for pso2….
SEGA you should know that DISAPPOINTMENT toward people especially for ones who supported you since ancient times is BAD MOVES.
what i meant bad is…REALLY BAD FOR YOUR BUSINESS.
I remember you told us to localized this game in early 2013…
But IS THAT ALL JUST LIES!?
Why would they localize something they’re guaranteed to lose money on? I don’t blame them.
I think it would be selling well on the west.
(even FFXIV really getting more crowd).
and whole new reason for people buying PS Vita.
this could change the outcome for future game localizations.
Hmmm, they must have their friendly fire set to “OFF”.
OMG!!! This is insanely amazing!!!!!!!
“Sigh” I was playing the Japanese version for a little while, but you know, my lack of understanding a lot of Japanese got in the way lol. This new intro looked REALLY good. Sadly I can’t help but want them to release an English release date soon, but not sure when that’s ever gonna happen.
there’s english patch.. It helps enough
Wow. I didn’t know there was a patch. Will have to do some research on this. Thanks =)
Many western ppl on there play using english patch I asked them. However I kept stay using japanese, well, even though kinda confusing,.
I heard that the english patch translates weapon, quest objection, interface, and more..
oh ya if you manage to play, register at ship 2.. there are many western ppl and also me playing on it
Thanks, and yes. I believe I was already on Ship 2 because of that reason as well =)
English patch this, english patch that. just bring the game over already.
This was nice!
Only reason im keeping hope alive is because they havent announced that its not coming over officially. Still upset that they said it was delayed and havent given an update since then.
I won’t find it hard to believe if SEGA Worldwide feels Sonic game profits are absolute necessities for a US release of PSO2.
(sigh)….just (sigh) :(
that’s one “sexy” trailer…they have gun blades now? *o*
Hopefully it comes out on the ps4 lol