Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming in 2013

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Posted by Jeff (5470 posts) -
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Well that didn't take long. Actually, maybe it's taking too long, depending on which side of the announcement you look at. After a brief open beta and a full-scale rollout in Japan last week, Sega has announced that its free-to-play action-RPG, Phantasy Star Online 2, will be coming to North America and Europe in 2013. That's the part that might be taking a bit too long.

In case you haven't seen any of the video we've been running, it's been relatively easy to get into the Japanese version of the game, despite the language barrier. In fact, it's starting to seem like foreigners are absolutely flooding Sega's servers, as the agreed-upon servers and lobbies where English-speakers congregate seem to be getting absolutely packed. This has led to a bit of server maintenance as Sega attempts to rejigger the ship and block system a bit to take some of the rush off. Of course, it's not just English speakers that are filling up the game. The first five ships (servers, or "shards" if you want to be a jerk about it) aren't accepting any new character creation, though that's said to be a temporary restriction. Generally speaking, the game's servers have been holding up pretty well under the load.

It'll be interesting to see how Sega handles the English-language version of the game. Will North American players have access to the Japanese servers? Or will they be split off? If they're split, will that lead to a situation where new content debuts first on the Japanese servers and then eventually trickles over to the English servers? The PSO franchise has sort of a spotty past when it comes to bringing all of its Japanese content over to the other servers, after all. Will the slightly-higher-than-they-should-be prices of items and character creation passes see any adjustments when they leave Japan? Will I be able to continue to use the RAcast that I've already put 40 hours into, or is he stuck on the Japanese servers forever? That's the sort of stuff I'm left wondering about, but these are questions Sega probably won't be prepared to answer until it gets a little bit closer to launch.

It's also worth noting that Sega's announcement only covers the PC version of the game. Some form of the game is also scheduled to appear on Vita, iPhone, and Android.

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#1 Posted by Jeff (5470 posts) -
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Well that didn't take long. Actually, maybe it's taking too long, depending on which side of the announcement you look at. After a brief open beta and a full-scale rollout in Japan last week, Sega has announced that its free-to-play action-RPG, Phantasy Star Online 2, will be coming to North America and Europe in 2013. That's the part that might be taking a bit too long.

In case you haven't seen any of the video we've been running, it's been relatively easy to get into the Japanese version of the game, despite the language barrier. In fact, it's starting to seem like foreigners are absolutely flooding Sega's servers, as the agreed-upon servers and lobbies where English-speakers congregate seem to be getting absolutely packed. This has led to a bit of server maintenance as Sega attempts to rejigger the ship and block system a bit to take some of the rush off. Of course, it's not just English speakers that are filling up the game. The first five ships (servers, or "shards" if you want to be a jerk about it) aren't accepting any new character creation, though that's said to be a temporary restriction. Generally speaking, the game's servers have been holding up pretty well under the load.

It'll be interesting to see how Sega handles the English-language version of the game. Will North American players have access to the Japanese servers? Or will they be split off? If they're split, will that lead to a situation where new content debuts first on the Japanese servers and then eventually trickles over to the English servers? The PSO franchise has sort of a spotty past when it comes to bringing all of its Japanese content over to the other servers, after all. Will the slightly-higher-than-they-should-be prices of items and character creation passes see any adjustments when they leave Japan? Will I be able to continue to use the RAcast that I've already put 40 hours into, or is he stuck on the Japanese servers forever? That's the sort of stuff I'm left wondering about, but these are questions Sega probably won't be prepared to answer until it gets a little bit closer to launch.

It's also worth noting that Sega's announcement only covers the PC version of the game. Some form of the game is also scheduled to appear on Vita, iPhone, and Android.

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#2 Posted by leejunfan83 (1144 posts) -

im in

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#3 Posted by PosableActionFigure (190 posts) -

2013 is kinda long for a mostly-text translation job.

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#4 Posted by chadster (334 posts) -

Boing!

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#5 Edited by DeanoXD (689 posts) -

i don't get this game or series

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#6 Posted by TheCableKid (246 posts) -

@PosableActionFigure said:

2013 is kinda long for a mostly-text translation job.

Maybe they are reworking some of the VO. Possibly just the tutorials?

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#7 Posted by BonOrbitz (2425 posts) -

Don't tell my Gamecube. She'll get jealous and cry.

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#8 Posted by Bartz (97 posts) -

I read "RAcast" as Racist >_>

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#9 Posted by sixpin (1345 posts) -

While 2013 seems like it is too far out, I'm kind of relieved. I've been trying to get through some of my massive backlog of games recently and if PSO 2 came out soon that would only set me back further.

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#10 Posted by Vorbis (2762 posts) -

I'm fine with this, it gives me at least 6 months of Planetside2 before PSO2 takes over my life.

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#11 Posted by Tr0n (395 posts) -

I would be surprised if this wasn't posted by Jeff.

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#12 Posted by RinSatori (843 posts) -

@PosableActionFigure said:

2013 is kinda long for a mostly-text translation job.

Its not only that.. The producer said the wait will be worth it.. there will be more content for english launch then jp launch.

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#13 Posted by Nightriff (6875 posts) -

I don't play MMO's....I might actually try this one. I really liked what I saw in the QL

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#14 Posted by Robaota (218 posts) -

Hoo. Fucking. Ray.

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#15 Posted by Ketchupp (684 posts) -

Well now I don't know if I should start playing now or wait...

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#16 Posted by hardindr (212 posts) -

The power of Giantbomb.com, bring this game to the West...

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#17 Posted by zolloz89 (280 posts) -

Awesome. I wish I knew if i could start now though.

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#18 Posted by iAmJohn (6202 posts) -

Game of the Year 2013 here we come.

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#19 Posted by wrathofconn (1504 posts) -

@Nightriff: It's possible that you liked what you saw because this isn't an MMO.

I am excited to see what they announce for the localized version; I didn't want to play on the JP servers without knowing if I could keep any of that progress.

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#20 Posted by Deadmanforking (587 posts) -

Why even bother? WERE ALL GONNA DIE THIS YEAR!!

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#21 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (974 posts) -

All SoA needs to do is be up to date with the japanese version and mention some way to let english speaking players keep their characters, and I'm sold.

Otherwise I've put way too many hours into the game just to start over, and would rather deal with the crazy moon language if it means the game is providing new content faster and more often than the US release.

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#22 Posted by furiouscabbage (21 posts) -

If they're smart, they'll just do text translation and just leave the Japanese VO. I honestly think it adds to the experience, since the game is hella Japanese to begin with.

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#23 Posted by Dhutch (72 posts) -

As long as the current "Emergency Code" voice over stays, I'm in!

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#24 Posted by MeatSim (11099 posts) -

Feed your MAG American style.

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#25 Posted by CitizenJP (1327 posts) -

Hmmm I could use a little phantasy in my star. Sure, why not.

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#26 Posted by DeathbyYeti (790 posts) -

That is a fair bit away but I will wait

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#27 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

@MeatSim said:

Feed your MAG American style.

Lardy cheesburger-ass MAG, here we come!

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#28 Posted by Suspence (16 posts) -

Shit is going to get real.

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#29 Posted by Kaigan (303 posts) -

@Dhutch said:

As long as the current "Emergency Code" voice over stays, I'm in!

Nah, Nolan North's gotta make a living somehow.

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#30 Posted by JackSukeru (6438 posts) -

I've only slightly tried the Japanese version, I'd be all in for an English release.

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#31 Posted by august (3993 posts) -

A kot of what could have been the hardcore fanbase of this game will probably have moved on when this drops in half a year or whatever.

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#32 Posted by BraveToaster (12636 posts) -

@DeanoXD said:

i don't this game or series

huh?

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#33 Posted by DeanoXD (689 posts) -

@BraveToaster said:

@DeanoXD said:

i don't this game or series

huh?

LOL gg typing. i forgot the get

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#34 Posted by Matterless (352 posts) -

You did it!

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#35 Posted by JunkHype (379 posts) -

Cool, but Shit! So far away, maaaaaybe I'll look into trying the Japanese version.

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#36 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2077 posts) -

I never really understood the series myself (couldn't get into to PSU a while back), but I got really drawn to this game. Now I'm kind of at a crossroads now as to whether I'll wait, continue playing the JP version and play the Eng release regardless of whether my character caries over or not, or stop playing altogether until next year.

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#37 Posted by Eribuster (744 posts) -

This is great news. I'm having a lot of fun in the Japanese version. I'll keep the Japanese version installed since I expect that there won't be any sort of cross-region character migration. I've never heard of anything like that being offered in an online game before. Also, there is the possibility that the North American and European version of the game will not be as well supported as the Japanese version. I hope that will not be true, but I've heard that the Phantasy Star Online series didn't get as great a treatment from Sega of America as fans would have liked.

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#38 Posted by crusader8463 (14759 posts) -

As long as they don't ruin it with micro transactions I will be playing it.

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#39 Posted by Phatmac (5927 posts) -

Cool! I'll just wait for the us version than!

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#40 Posted by Undeadpool (5597 posts) -

@MeatSim said:

Feed your MAG American style.

Big Macs and bacon?

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#41 Posted by Solh0und (2014 posts) -

Finally! I'm totally buying a new PC for this later this year.

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#42 Posted by _Dust_ (41 posts) -

Pfft, I'm not waiting for 2013! JP server here I come!

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#43 Edited by PandaShake (494 posts) -

I just started playing today and it's so damn fun. The combat feels so good. My last phantasy experience was that private server blue burst, but this is already much more addicting.

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#44 Posted by probablytuna (4623 posts) -

I have fond memories of Phantasy Star Online on the Dreamcast so I might check this out..... Maybe.

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#45 Posted by DonkeyKong (155 posts) -

I'm happy that the game is getting a western release, but 2013 seems a long way away. I'll just stick to the JP servers until then.

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#46 Posted by Typographenia (68 posts) -

The best of news!

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#47 Posted by nickux (1510 posts) -

After seeing all the videos on the site about this game I think I'm going to get this for my Vita

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#48 Posted by mrcraggle (2622 posts) -

When I first saw this on Joystiq I immediately wondered how Jeff felt.

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#49 Edited by impartialgecko (1822 posts) -

Jeff has taken charge of all PSO-related news content, for the good of humanity and America

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#50 Edited by Trilogy (2934 posts) -

I think Jeff was dead on with what he said on the bombcast about making an English version of the game. Just translate the text so people don't have to use some 3rd party website just to get by. Voices would be ok I guess but I think the western players that are really fanatical about PSO2 don't need the thing dubbed with English voice work. Also, I imagine those players are already deep into the game and would prefer a quicker release. Otherwise they could be burnt out of the game by the time the English version comes out.

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