Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer Talks About 2014 Plans

By Eugene . January 6, 2014 . 12:28pm

In addition to wishing everyone a Happy New Year, Phantasy Star Online 2 producer Satoshi Sakai recently blogged about what is planned for the year ahead. Besides finishing off Episode 2’s final storyline and tying up loose ends, spring will see the full launch of Phantasy Star Online 2 es, the smartphone version of the game. Phantasy Star Online 2 es concluded its closed beta earlier in 2013.

 

There are several new events in store, such as an Arcs Coalition Festival that players can partake in this month. Around March, there’ll be new updates including a team up with legendary mangaka Mamoru Nagano, who’s done work on Heavy Metal L-Gaim, Five Star Stories and more. No guesses what sort of update that might look like when we’re in the PSO2 universe. And yes, the 2nd anniversary of the game will come with a mega splash, they promise.

 

Don’t forget that Phantasy Star Online 2 will finally be in English some time this year… in Southeast Asia. Thus far, Sega have not announced just when the game is coming to North America and Europe.


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  • tonyp1987

    Finally what took them so long. But I wanna play phantasy star nova now instead of this.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Finally what? It’s not like this game is coming over to the West. Sure; there’ll be an English version. For the PC. People who were counting on a PSV still get the shaft~.

      • http://otoboku.se manga

        Sega never said that the PS Vita version would come westside. The only version that they said would come west was the PC version. Why people are so hung up on a PS Vita release of something that Sega themselves never have said is coming west is beyond me.

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          It’s more like people are hoping it’ll come to the West someday. Contrary to popular belief, people do own PSVs~.

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            I own a PSV and I absolutely adore it. Sure it doesn´t have many games but man, it´s a great system. Sadly not that many people seem to like having your whole PSN PS1 compatible library with you on the go. Or some nicely upgraded games from the PS2 or PS3.

  • Chaos_Knight

    Everyone’s first thought: Western release date.

    • Altin

      More like: “Everyone’s First Comment: Western release date.”

      • Romancer Ecclesia

        South-east Asia is western enough for you guys to hope in.

        • Altin

          I own the PS Vita Version and enjoy it very much, can’t complain at all ;)

          • Matthew Wright

            I own it as well, but I can’t read a darn thing ;)

    • Alter

      not really.

    • Ric Vazquez

      You are a prophet or a mind reader dude, cause that is exactly it XD

    • lordsofskulls

      More Like: “Everyone’s First comment: We all playing PC JP version with english Patches Already” >.>

      But i would totally snag a PS Vita Version of PSO2 if it came out in West.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Better late than never I guess.

  • Masa

    Waiting 2 years and still no news for us in the US or Europe, Screw you Sega.

  • brostar

    Just a suggestion to everyone. Instead of bitching about a western release in the comments how about you take it directly to Sega? Bitching here will do nothing.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      Actually its been proven that bitching to Sega does nothing either.

      • Tyler Beale

        Same goes for Capcom (outside their fighting games), Square Enix, YouTube, and Activision for that matter.

        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          Yeah sadly.

      • brostar

        Then why bitch in the comment section? I get that you guys are pissed, so am I, but surely you can understand that it gets tiring seeing the same comments over and over.

        • 60hz

          so go and bitch to sega about the bitching in forums and comment sections.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Enough guys. Move on.

        • natchu96

          Because tbh someone’s probably bitched to Sega by now as well.

          They’re just venting frustration here. it would be nice if it happened though . . .

  • MaximDualBlade

    This will be an egoistical point of view but I’m not dying for PSO2. Of course if the game could be localized with all the patches and expansions I would play it just for all the localizations begging I’ve seen on this site.
    It’s a perfect example of “will play without a doubt if localized but it’s unlikely it will”.
    All the people who really want to play it, have/are playing it with the english patches already available and those who just beg for a localization aren’t as interested as they think.
    This is just my opinion

    And talking about the phantasy star franchise, I really but really hope Sony puts their ressources to localize PSNova because the game sounds HUGE(in caps locks), a team of more than 200 people, from a famous company AND exclusive to the Vita.
    I say that Sony has to put their ressouces because Sega is well known for not localizing their games, but as usual only time will tell

    • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

      “I say that Sony has to put their ressouces because Sega is well known
      for not localizing their games, but as usual only time will tell”

      Only until like 2011, SEGA was doing as decent as other publishers until then on localization.

      Your reasons seem about right, the (free) game has a translation and we will be behind by the time they release this over here.

      I want to see PSNova as well. The first (pure) single player Phantasy Star in so long. PSO2 isn’t really my type of game but I would like to play the Vita version of it if I were to try it.

    • Romancer Ecclesia

      Well, they localized Project Diva. Then again Miku has more fans than Justin Bieber.

    • Frimelda

      Hell yeah! It’d also be silly for them to ignore localising Nova and never making a profit from a sole Japanese release.

      But this is SEGA of course, who have a saying that rings “allergic to money”, which is sad for me, as I am a SEGA fan and even I know not to think that they’d make sense and localise the game….still, your post gives me hope that it gets released! :D

  • The Watcher

    My Backlog is really the only thing thats keeping me from complaining.

  • Balalaika

    Is anyone going to try and download the english PC version and hopes it works?

    • Romancer Ecclesia

      Hope there’s no IP block for your sake.

  • Kotorin

    So whose playing on the SEA servers?

    • Ferrick

      with asiasoft handling them ? nope, not me

  • Billy Bass

    I played it on the JP servers some and really liked it, but only having the client side stuff translated kind of hindered the experience, but the gameplay itself was fun. If its not too much hassle to get an account set up for south east asia, I may play it again there.

  • Daverost

    English version, please. English Vita version, more please. If we ever get it, I guaranteed we’ll only see PC and that will sadden me.

  • Just Tim

    Man, I am getting tired singing THAT certain Paula Cole song.

  • Kornelious

    I don’t get it. Is it so hard to bring a game to the west if your already dubbing it in english in another region? It kinda seems like they’re just dont wanna release it here, and now there rubbing it in.

  • Danny Hazanif

    Will the English ver. (SEA region) will come to Vita too?

    • leingod

      I doubt it. Already gave up on this game.

  • Invisbin

    I just want it on the vita. I’m surprised Sonys TPP team hasn’t said if they were gonna try and get this on vita. Sony should really be pushing to get this on vita.

    • PoweredByHentai
      • Invisbin

        I thought it was obvious but I guess not. I mean here…in NA…localized…in English.

        • PoweredByHentai

          Even so, the North American version hasn’t even come out yet for the PC. =/

          • Invisbin

            Yeah I know, but with Sony’s new localization team, their new outlook on vita, and constant advertising about all kinds of games…I’d expect they’d try to get this in na.

          • PoweredByHentai

            That depends entirely on Sega though because PSO2 is Sega’s IP and there is really only so much that Sony can do especially if the PC MMORPG doesn’t even make it across the pond.

    • Brandonmkii

      But the Vita version is kind of bad…

  • Callonia

    I don’t even trust sega anymore after they said they will bring VC2 to PS3 but they never delivered on that.

  • Frimelda

    Isn’t Relic working on localising the game into English?

    If this game doesn’t come out in Europe or America, it’s best to just buy the SEA version then (or install it, personally I want it on Vita)….since we’ve waited for too long.

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