PSO2 Producer Sakai On Servers, Fan Reaction

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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In a recent interview with 4Gamer.net, Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer Satoshi Sakai revealed many details about Sega’s newest RPG.  The one that has garnered the biggest attention of the net has been that Europe and North America will be sharing servers.  There was also implication that the shared server will not be connected to the Asian servers.

Fans of the Phantasy Star franchise have already begun expressing their displeasure over this issue, taking to forums to vent.  Sakai has stated that this was done because of legal issues in each country, such as censorship.  There was also a hinting of different characterization features in the western release.

On the brighter side, Sakai was thrilled with fan reaction over the game so far, excluding the backlash over servers.  He was particularly amazed with how fast fans translated the Japanese in the game in order to effectively use the Japanese beta servers.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is a Free-to-play action JRPG that is currently available in Japan on PC.  It will release on multiple platforms around the world for a year, including a release on the PlayStation Vita and the western release in early 2013.

To see the interview (WARNING: either an understanding of Japanese or a translation app is needed), click here.

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  • This looks like it’s going to be great! I’ve never really gotten into an MMO before, but I think I’ll this this one a crack!

  • It seems the only reason people are upset is because it means they’d have to start over from scratch rather than keep their characters. But to be honest, it’s better we have an even field of play. Otherwise, we’d be terribly behind the Japanese players and Sega hasn’t created a translation system like with PSO. Not only that, but the Japanese weren’t exactly all friendly to foreign players back in the old days of PSO.

    • “It seems the only reason people are upset is because it means they’d have to start over from scratch rather than keep their characters.”

      Not at all; character progress is pretty much irrelevant to most PSO players. The reason why fans are upset is because, back in the days of PSO Blue Burst, SEGA constantly delayed western updates to the point that we were eventually at least 6 months behind Japan in new content.

      That behaviour then continued with Phantasy Star Universe (PSU) to such a ridiculous extent that the west was at one point OVER A YEAR AND A HALF behind Japan. It then appeared that SEGA had completely dropped support, letting players and the game stagnate endlessly.

      Fans were wishing for all regions to be united on the same servers so that SEGA couldn’t feasibly release new Japanese content without also localizing it at the same time.

    • That part was already addressed by Sega of America’s side, though, as they said they are aware of the huge gap in releases PSU suffered and would not allow that big of a gap to happen again.

    • Unfortunately though, those are but words. We’ll have to wait and see if they make them true.

  • Has this been announced for the PS3 (My current fav system)? I loved the old Game Cube ones (Parts 1 and 2 at least, didn’t much care for part 3). This is great, getting all the old classic games that I use to love updated!!! Bring on: NiGHTS, Jet Grind Radio, PSO… in HD!

    -Jon

    (I’d kill for a 3DS version/updated “Astal”!!!)

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      So far, the only Sony console it has been announced for is the Vita, and from what Sega has said that will only be in Japan (for now).

  • im not too keen on playing this on my smart phone though, i understan d why they decided to create a smart phone version but there is only so much they can do effectively.