Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Now Live In Asia

By Eugene . May 29, 2014 . 3:00pm


Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2 is now live in English in South East Asia. The servers are being run by Asiasoft in English.


At the same time, there’s reports coming in from several places (thanks to PSO2 Blog for collating the info) that South East Asian IPs are suddenly finding themselves completely IP-blocked from the Japanese version of the online game. Officially, the English servers are for those living in the following countries only: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.



The closest thing to an official reply on the above issue is a screenshot from PSO2 Blog.


There’s also some typical launch day woes for the South East Asian version, with some users complaining of errors trying to login. Hopefully those will clear up in time.


You can get in on the English version here.


Phantasy Star Online 2 is out now on PC and PlayStation Vita in Japan and in English in Asia on PC. A Western release has been announced, but no date has been set.

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  • persona_yuji

    Meanwhile in the rest of the world: *cricket noises* “We’re waiiiting…”

    • InsertOffensiveUsernameHere

      Might as well assume it won’t come…

    • Tumble weeds

      • PreyMantis

        Dem weeds, I tell you. You can’t have a month without them growing…

    • Renaldi Saputra

      that’s why I prefer international server rather than SEA server with IP-blocking and sucky management by sucky company (Asiasoft)

    • DS23

      Well since SEA people are now blocked from the JP version without using a VPN most likely due to AS’s licensing agreement you probably don’t want it to launch where you are or you’ll be stuck with your own forever behind servers that won’t get half the content the home server does…

      • Morricane

        …and then close some years before the Japanese servers close their doors?

  • Kornelious

    Anyone else think it’s a slap in the face to release a game in English in Non-English speaking countries before the actual primary English speaking countries :(

    • If it wasn’t typical, maybe. Anymore I think most people have gotten used to the whole ‘attempting to circumvent IP blocks via proxy’ methods these days.

      • 하세요

        Yeah this happens all the time with MMOs and similar genres when placed in Asian countries, so I’m not really fazed by this at all. All I can really say is JP version with English patch.

    • Romancer Ecclesia

      Umm, no. Though there’re a couple other languages and dialects, we still speak English here in SEA.

    • Tarkovsky

      Wow, what an ignorant statement. You do realize that there are a lot of people who speak English in Asia right? In fact, almost 90% of people in Singapore speak English as their first language.

    • waku waku

      Yes, you’re being very ignorant. Unless the language I’m writing here is not considered to be English, then I think you will have to properly reconsider your perception of we South-East Asians.

      • Kornelious

        Oh…Sorry, I didn’t realize that people in South-Asia spoke English that much…I apologize for being ignorant :(

        • Renaldi Saputra

          I understand it, maybe what you meant before was countries that use english as primary language… IIRC only singapore that uses english primarily, the other countries only use as secondary one

    • Shadow Rebirth

      English has been taught since Elementary school. In fact, my English is better than my native language >_>

  • Makoto Yuki

    and the West will keep crying until a release is anounced…

    • Renaldi Saputra

      you western people can still play JP version with english patch or playing it smoothly on PS Vita if your PC isn’t that good (spec).

      meanwhile we southeastern asian can only play SEA version which has poor managements, such noobs, etc as if we’re forced to play their version (Asiasoft). And for us Vita players who don’t have good PC, it’s a grief for us

      • Vesperion

        Sounds like how PSU was managed in the west, but i still rather have pso2 in full official english (engrish?) then rely on a english patch.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          you better play JP server with that “engrish” patch even though not much understanding, rather than playing a server that have sucky management and much noobs..
          based Asiasoft

        • Zazon Zenzy

          Need more evidence for Asiasoft’s embarassing localization decisions? Dudu become Dadu, though embarrassing, isn’t much. Let me align it for you:
          – Force became Wizard. Embarrassing.
          – Monomate, Dimate, Trimate, Scape Doll, Moon Atomizer, Asiasoft dropped off the series’ legacy here with Health Drink, Health Drink Plus, Health Drink Full, Self Revival Kit, and Revival Kit, respectively! This is hurting the franchise. We’ll expect pure SEA players that has no consciousness of Phantasy Star series will laugh at Monomates. This is too dangerous.
          – Weak Bullet became Crippled Bullet. The problem here lies on not only the grammar, but the meaning itself. Weak Bullet, well, written in engrish. I bet SEGA means the bullet’s function is to weaken the target. But Asiasoft just literally translate it to crippled without looking at its’ actual effect! Do you really want to use a broken bullet? Hell no! I’ll be more than happy if they fixed that to Cripple Bullet. Just one letter… *sigh*
          – Mirage Step became Visual Disturbance. This is off putting. What? Becoming a mist disturbs everyone’s view? Mirage Step means the user became as invincible as a mist! Clearly Asiasoft didn’t understand what they’ve changed.
          – Just Attack to Perfect Strike, well, I won’t complaint. It’s even cooler and in fact, more understandable and makes sense for english readers. Even US translation did it.

          I personally haven’t tried the client myself, though I’m in process of getting the client. But see? Clearly Asiasoft doesn’t care about the franchise as a whole, or even care with consistencies of the texts. Plus that with a very skinny font that will make your eyes literally sore. Man, do you really want to play it?

          • Vesperion

            While those names do suck rappy eggs, it’s just a bunch of terribly translated names. I would still play it if i could

            Just gotta get used to the names

  • Thelastgunstar

    That was FAST. One day, I hear about Beta…then…bam…launched. All the while, NA and PAL regions are being ignored. Not even a maybe. Hell, at this rate, I’d love for SEGA to just say:

    “No, PSO2 will not be localized to those regions.”

    At least the false hope will finally die. But hey! We get Sonic Boom!…

    Kill me now.

    • Tarkovsky

      Asiasoft was the one who brought the game to the SEA region not the other way round. Sega merely signed the deal and very likely had no part in localizing the game.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        SEGA most likely only agreed on the contract, the rest is being handled by Asiasoft, so we should have known who’s behind these IP-blockings

      • Thelastgunstar

        There are quite a few MMORPG companies that cover the NA and PAL regions. By your statement, do you mean that none of these companies want to bring this over?

        What is preventing SEGA from localizing it themselves? They hosted PSO and PSU here.

        • Tarkovsky

          My statement is as what it says. Asiasoft approached Sega to get the rights to localize the game in the SEA region. It’s as simple as that. Sega was not the one who initiated the contract. So why would Sega say “No, PSO2 will not be localized to those regions.” when there’s a possibility(no matter how low) that an NA or EU company might be interested in bringing it over in the future.

  • makubexnas

    Muahahaha….finally i can play as space android loli with big plot in an MMO. this is a revenge for not able to play TERA and VINDICTUS.

    • TheBlackRabbit

      lol this man

      • makubexnas

        well i might not able to play it anyway coz i don’t have time to play mmo now day. have a big back log unfinished game to play ( drakengard 3,dark soul 2. mugen soul Z and watch dog)

        • TheBlackRabbit

          uh oh there is an rpg in that log…GG LIFE

          • makubexnas

            well 2/3 of my game collection is an rpg game so…GG LIFE

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      Vindictus is pay-to-win IMHO. TERA is pretty good but avoid the loli race unless you want to be creeped out.

      • makubexnas

        sadly i cant play TERA and VINDICTUS because of IP block and btw i live in malaysia, many cool mmo can’t be play here.

  • eilegz

    meanwhile in america we are still waiting… thanks sega

    • Yuuki

      you know there is a english patch?

      • Derek E Nay

        I tried it once. I couldn’t even use it due to a new patch(Had to wait for them to update it). Then there are small parts that aren’t English (Like talking to certain npcs) Not to mention it’s a ***** to get though the capta when signing to make a account. It’s more work to get that thing working just to try the game (granted there is a program to help get the latest updates, but the translations has to constantly be updated otherwise you can’t use the English patch)

    • Renaldi Saputra

      luckily you American people can still play JP server without being IP blocked. We in SEA can’t…

      • Kaitsu

        Then why don’t you just play this one? It’s for SEA. <_<

        • Zazon Zenzy

          So much broken stuffs, you know…? Worse translation than Phantasy Star I (Crippled Bullets for Weak Bullets? That’s more misleading than Cola), balance tidbits, late contents (JP is about to ride a badass mech here!!!), embarrasses the franchise with God-awful localization decisions (Health Drink instead of Monomate? This isn’t funny! Moon Atomizer became Revival Kit too. Force became Wizard? Laugh at this, please), and the worst of all, decreased rate of getting free EXP / Meseta / Rare Drop boosters. Stuffs that makes PSO2 JP a heaven to play are those. We aren’t forced to pay to quickly level up!

          Asiasoft is not only want to kick of SEA JP players from JP, but both embarrassing the franchise and only wanting to milk SEA players. Like PSO2 JP isn’t grindy enough! In some parts, I blame SEA online players’ unhealthy playing habits by paying cashes to get strong quickly… I bet PSO2 JP’s EXP requirement is too quick and boring for them.

          And for Renaldi’s problem… No, more precisely, Vita players problem, there’s no way yet to bypass the IP block from playing with Vita. Vita-only players are the ones who got hurt the most. PC players still can easily use a VPN.

          Honestly, I respect their strategy to block IPs business-wise. But I really hate the fact that they’ve hurt countless of SEA PSO2 JP players with this tyranny. How could they block our fun that heartlessly…? How could they…? They’re more evil than Square Enix.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            also remember that not many VPN can run smoothly, even some of them can’t be used at all

        • Ace Trainer Chris

          From what’s been said about the beta, the SEA version is basically PSO2 vanilla. No Braver class, only one character slot, practically none of the updates Japan has. There’s also the matter of a wonky translation that ignores the lore of Phantasy Star, what with calling Forces “Wizards”, Techniques being “Photon Magic” Mono/Di/Trimates were renamed to “Health Drink”, “Health Drink Plus” and “Full Health Drink” respectively. Sol Mates and Moon Atomizers were renamed to “Area Purify Kit” and “Revival Kit” respectively.

          Then you have AC being more costly than in the Japanese servers. :s

        • Renaldi Saputra

          me? playing PSO2 SEA? don’t be kidding, you know how Asiasoft manage things? it’s AWFUL
          and do you know how most of SEA people behave in the game? They’re egoistic and arrogant…

  • Meshire

    Can they expand that to Australia as well? We always get the raw end of the deal with games and it would be nice to have something go right for once.

  • Namuro

    I thought there would be an option to change all the texts in the game to English, but I just can’t seem to find it… The mix between Thai and English is really weird, sometimes words are kept in English, sometimes they’re translated for no reason. I mean they could have at least translate the quest names, so most people will know what to do in general. Most of the translation are pretty nonsensical, too; they should have hired a proper translation group (in which there are so many capable groups to choose from in Thailand, like NED) to help out.

    Other than that, the game plays just fine. I really enjoy it so far! But, there are not that many people playing it at the moment, though. I guess I have to wait a while longer for people to start flocking in. There are also those who wouldn’t play, since they’ve already played the Japanese version to death… I guess I can really see the importance of I.P. block and region block at a time like this.

  • Oni.

    Nothing a lil proxy won’t fix.

    • Pereb

      Unfortunately that’s most likely against their ToS and could get your account banned.

      • Vanadise

        Logging in from a non-Japanese IP, even without a proxy, has been against the ToS for almost as long as PSO2 has been running.

        • 하세요

          As well as tampering with files, i.e English patches. JP people don’t give a shit though; I haven’t nor heard anyone that has been banned.

          • Zazon Zenzy

            That’s the thing. I think the case is similar to Sonic fan games to date. SEGA have the choice to tell the makers to cease and desist the fan game, but as far as I know, they haven’t. I dare to say that SEGA isn’t that evil to fans. They can IP block everywhere easily if they want, you know? Though a little report from a Japanese can make one banned… If you’re unlucky.

            Anyway, as long as you guys are outside SEA, better play the JP, no matter what. Forget language barrier, guides are there to pierce through that. Do you want to play with players with egoistic mentality? I’d try, but stacking with other faults can make PSO2 SEA unbearable.

          • Joshua Lewis

            Iv been playing the sea one and the people really arent as bad as you are making them out to be every one iv met are friendly,

          • Zazon Zenzy

            Honestly, that’s just as far as I’ve heard from my friends. Most strangers don’t revive you in MPA, they say. Still, must be because PSO2’s gameplay concept is still too peculiar for SEA gamers. If they’re friendlier than one tells, then it sounds good.

            The logic is this: Games that fully prioritize teamwork (I’ll not add Dragon Nest since they have PvP and their teamwork factor in parties feel minimal. Examples: Monster Hunter, God Eater, Toukiden) are very scarce. The players there pursue to be the best and let not the others catch them up. If this is their habit, then letting people not level up is one way to do it, by not reviving them. In Indonesia, most online games are FPSes and MMORPGs where you fight people and have PvP feature. I dare to say that PSO2 is the first online game released in SEA that has no PvP… But you still can throw this statement back if there’s evidence.

            And the last thing: Yes, the game launched not too long ago. There’s still a plenty of time for SEA players to adapt with the game’s concept.

  • MK

    Anyone tried to download it? Because the same company said Ragnarok Online 2 would be blocked for other countries when it launched, but actually it was only blocking the unserved countries of SEA (due to other companies in those countries having a separate license to host the game in their countries) not the rest of the world such as Europe/America.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Asiasoft had been failed since RO2, they made it even worse in PSO2. I don’t believe in it again, so I maybe recommend not to play PSO2 SEA. One thing also, their management (Asiasoft) sucks. They even need very long time to respond bug report

  • Renaldi Saputra

    damn you IP blocking…
    now my PS Vita will stay in grief

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    PSO2 -English
    IP block people from native english countries

    it’ll be funny if this happens

    • Renaldi Saputra

      you can still play JP version with english patch
      rather than playing the official english (SEA) version but sucky management and much noobs

  • Fujisawa Ruuzaa

    PC only..booooooo

  • Mind0105A

    So, in the future, what happened to SEA, will happen to the other regions. That means, soon PSO2JP will be IP blocked and is only for JP. That means that PSO2 will cease to exist in other regions, but only JP.(and KR too?)

    • Renaldi Saputra

      IP blocking AFAIK is only Asiasoft’s decision (u know most of games that were managed by Asiasoft had IP-blocking), SEGA only agreed with the contract, Taiwan didn’t get IP blocked to play PSO2 JP anw.

      • Mind0105A

        I see. So, I can still play PSO2jp for now. Nice.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          yeah, lucky for you bro

  • Is it true that they translated some jobs as “magicians”? I mean.. PSO and magicians are just…. lol

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Force -> Wizard is just an utter failure

      • Really? Wow.. just wow, That’s really out of place especially as a pso fan, why can’t they just use the existing term =_=

        • Renaldi Saputra

          They (Asiasoft) maybe don’t know AT ALL that Phantasy Star series had existed a long time ago and not a pure original series like most of korean MMO

          that’s why I say, they’re bad, they repeat their failure after RO2

  • Fatalystic

    On launch day, they had a really long 8 hour maintenance (originally announced to be 6 hours, then extended) to prep the servers for the official launch. That’s probably why people has issues logging in.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      based Asiasoft, you know :p

  • Ohohohoho… now it’s in the Philippines? I’ll give it a try

  • Tarkovsky

    The perks of living in Asia. :D

  • Shippoyasha


    Oops. Got the wrong impression from the thumbnail.

    • Geo Izumiya

      Decade would be gladly to bring this to the English Speaking countries without problems…..and destroying other Rider worlds in the way to balance the universe >w0

  • Shadow Rebirth

    first time i’m ever glad living in SEA region :D

    • Zazon Zenzy

      The opposite here, this is the worst thing happened for living in SEA. THEY BLOCKED THE GLORIOUS PSO2 JP!!!

      There’re many warnings of playing in PSO2 SEA, including the community. PSO2 is designed for teamwork, but as far as I can know, SEA players’ mentality are egoistic; they barely care their teammates. I can be wrong, but not reviving a friend should be a solid evidence for that.

      • Shadow Rebirth

        really? damn……*back to the corner* :(

        • Renaldi Saputra

          he said the truth

      • KyokoSatoshi

        Depends on what you mean by egoistic. However from my perspective, the correct word should be selfish. If you say egoistic Pinoys are the worst of all.

        And no, I also felt the pain of missing the EXP when I was in MPA soloing Falz Arms cause no one revive me when I died. You are not the only one please.

        “Not Reviving a friend should be a solid evidence for that” Now tell me, what is the keyboard for? Can’t ask for help? I wonder who is being the egoistic one for not asking.

        No offense, but when I played DoTA2 and almost all pinoy players are so proud to the point of being something I want to kill them. The keep saying Putang ina, etc when they are being noobs themselves

    • Renaldi Saputra

      the opposite here also

      you maybe haven’t known who Asiasoft is

      • Shadow Rebirth

        i’ve heard that name before. well that’s far as i know them XD

        • Renaldi Saputra

          haven’t heard what happened to RO2?

          • Shadow Rebirth

            sadly, i don’t play it yet :. based on your comment, it went downhill, right?

          • Renaldi Saputra

            yeah, they failed at RO2

    • Tarkovsky

      There are actually quite a couple of perks. I’m lazy to list them all but the most obvious one is that most brand new packaged games are cheaper here than in any other region.

  • Lemski07

    hmm maybe later. :D quite busy these days..

  • Kai2591

    I live in Brunei. In SEA. But my puny country is not in that list.

    So close, yet so far….. ;_;

    • Renaldi Saputra

      luckily your country IP isn’t blocked and seems you can still play the JP server

      • Kai2591

        What are you saying…? My country isn’t included in that list catered by Asiasoft, even if Brunei is smack in the middle of the SEA region, and I can’t play the JP version because I can’t read Japanese T_T

        • Renaldi Saputra

          there’s english patch for JP version
          rather than playing SEA version, which has poor management by Asiasoft

          • Kai2591

            Oh that’s what you meant. Actually I’ve tried the Eng patch but I just found it hard to enjoy it cuz it felt too…patchy. Incomplete.
            I appreciate their hard work though.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I think language isn’t the biggest problem of playing PSO2

  • The Watcher

    Registering for PSO2 Japan is probably the hardest part of the process because the infamous japanese captcha, downloading the game, the english patch and tweaker is all easy and pretty much covers 95% of the game is in english text. Been playing for 2 weeks now and having a great time. It’s really the best it’s going to get if you’re sitting around waiting for an announcement. A little effort goes a long way.

  • Keyboardcrash

    Oh wow, Philippine support? I guess we’re starting to get recognized by our neighbors

  • Argama

    Sadly, the localization of some terms are changed, or rather “dumbed down” to cater those who haven’t played the series, Healing Items like Monomate is called “Healing Kit” for example… But for the most part, It’s fine~

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