An English Version of Phantasy Star Online 2 Heads to Southeast Asia in 2014

Friday, December 27th, 2013

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Phantasy Star Online 2’s fate outside of Japan is still relatively unknown. Sure, the game was announced for release in the United States and Europe this year…last year. And there’s been much speculation regarding if a localized version exists somewhere. As it turns out, an English version of Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released early next year… in Southeast Asia.

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Asiasoft will be publishing the game. The territories Asiasoft will cater to include Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Naoya Tsurumi, President and COO of the SEGA Corporation, had this to say:

“Asiasoft has an excellent track record in publishing online games in Southeast Asian countries and this partnership is in line with Sega’s aspiration to expand our PC online game portfolio.

“Sega and Asiasoft will be working closely together to provide the best PSO2 experience for users in Thailand, Singapore Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines by creating localized contents that will appeal to the market in said countries.”

Interesting turn of events, is it not? Apparently this announcement was made several months ago. I’d love to hear something similar regarding the North American and European markets, respectively, but SEGA has been really quiet about Phantasy Star Online 2 for a really long time. Still, if an English version is out there, does that mean there’s hope for PSO fans here in the states/in Europe? If the localization is aimed specifically at those countries, I’d imagine not. Still…hope springs eternal, does it not?

Only time will tell if we ever see the game on the other side of the world.

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  • Kotobuki Tsumugi

    Why won’t they let us have it :[

    • The various articles I’ve read that all point to the same rumored source all cite “It wouldn’t be profitable in the West”. So I guess that’s why?

  • Tyrannikos

    And this will be the version I import since I’m sick of waiting on hearing anything from SEGA. I really hope SEGA’s bad tendencies don’t rub off on Atlus. I’d like Atlus’ good tendencies to influence SEGA instead. But I want PSO2 out in NA, so I guess I’m a dreamer.

    • John Ellis

      The problem is that Atlus games don’t look like they cost that much, not dirt cheap but they push the budget. So they don’t need many sales to turn a profit. SEGA makes games that cost a hell of a lot more so good sales are highly important.

  • Mogarane

    As long as your able to make account on the northeast asian version with out having to figure out japan-capcha and fake a japanense address or be able to buy in-game money without japan-visa. I’ll be playing this if I don’t have to go through a bunch of hoops to play.

  • RagunaXL

    I read this several months ago, as you mentioned. it is a ray of hope, that an English build of the game will exist. plus you gotta love the ‘web security’ coming out of southeast asia. looks like anyone English speaking will get a chance to play this game if they want.