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SEGA Officially Announces Western Release of PSO2 in 2013
By Tomeeboy at 07/08/2012 - 10:56pm
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Today, SEGA will officially announce that they will be bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to North America and Europe, with a release date in early 2013. In addition, the official teaser site should be going live at www.pso2.com sometime this morning. Our friends at SEGA were kind enough to give us a heads up on this great news, and PSO-World is proud to be the first site to share it with the Phantasy Star community. Here is a copy of the official press release, check it out:


SEGA ANNOUNCES THE WESTERN RELEASE OF PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 SEGA’s Epic Free-to-Play Multiplayer Action RPG Coming to North America and Europe in Early 2013

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 9th, 2012 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd today announced that free-to-play multiplayer action RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 will be coming to North America and Europe in 2013. For a first look at this new entry in the legendary Phantasy Star series, check out the official Phantasy Star Online 2 teaser site at www.pso2.com.

“Phantasy Star Online was a revolutionary game when it was released, and we want to make sure that its successor in the series is every bit as ambitious,” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “We look forward to introducing Phantasy Star Online 2’s unique, easy-to-access multiplayer action to the rest of the world next year!”

“The number one thing we want to provide players in Phantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every time they log in. Just as great table-top RPG experiences revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore dungeons and undertake quests,” added Satoshi Sakai, Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer at SEGA of Japan.

Over ten years have passed since the release of the boundary-breaking Dreamcast hit, Phantasy Star Online, and SEGA is poised to continue the Phantasy Star series’ multiplayer legacy on PCs worldwide with Phantasy Star Online 2. In the Year 238, the New Era of Light, players will join a new band of Arcs in the fight against mysterious D-Arkers, embarking on another epic adventure of infinite possibilities!

Phantasy Star Online 2’s features include:

  • Deep sci-fi fantasy universe filled with lush landscapes, extraordinary creatures, and epic adventures
  • Revolutionary real-time combat and third-person action with devastating combos and counters to master
  • Flexible, class-based leveling system that lets players define their own play-style with distinctive melee, ranged, and magic weapon types
  • Randomized dungeon maps and unexpected mid-quest encounters that ensure each quest is different for each player
  • Deep character creation system with a nearly limitless number of potential appearances
  • Three degrees of humanity to experience across three unique races: the versatile Humans, spiritually-powered Newmen, and artificial CAST

For more information about Phantasy Star Online 2, visit the official site at www.pso2.com.

For more news, follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA (http://twitter.com/phantasystar) or “like” us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sega.pso2).

About SEGA® of America, Inc. SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment. SEGA® of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com.

About SEGA® Europe Ltd. SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA’s global website site is located at www.sega.com.

The official teaser trailer for PSO2's western launch will also be going live sometime Monday morning via YouTube: Official PSO2 Announcement Trailer. Be sure to check it out once the video has been made available to the public!


Be sure to share your thoughts on this exciting announcement in our PSO2 Forums, where there is already a great deal of discussion going on about the Japanese release of the game


by lugiamaster92 on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:07pm
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As much as I was honestly expecting this, I'm still extremely freaking excited to hear this amazing news! Someone please, give me a time machine to go forward in time to it's release! =D

by Cranberry on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:11pm
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I'm glad it's finally getting a localized release. Let's hope they have global servers.

by lcronovt on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 7:41am
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cross your fingers, cross your fingers...

by guardian20 on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 2:32pm
i cant wait either the graphics look beautiful wepons look cool as well also a game that allows u to jump plus the bosses are awsome a red and black dragon going to city to fight bad monsters

by MAXrobo on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:11pm
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This is really great news. but if the servers aren't combined or are a year behind in the updates, i think i will just stay on the jp servers. Ill probably make a character there anyawy, and it will be great to get more people to know about the series!

by Titan on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:22pm
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This will be good for newer players and casual gamers, but unless the servers are shared, I highly suggest JP. History tends to repeat itself.

by BIG OLAF on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:42pm
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Titan speaks the truth. All of you who think this is "awesome" news, please tread carefully.

by r00tabaga on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 6:21am
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Play on both servers then. Sounds simple to me. And you get two free characters.

by DemonMike on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:30pm
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I know your western offices are suffering in these hard times Sega, but at least try and show some effort here. Spring 2013 is way too far behind.

by Finalzone on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 12:56am
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Patience. Speaking as one of early adopters who is playing a japanese version of videogame for the first time as tester, you will be glad all the kinks PSO2 currently has will be mostly ironed out for worldwide release. You will be glad to choose languages as well.

by NitroPenguinz on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 12:58pm
think about it, they still have to translate every bit of text and get voice actors and record English voice for the entire game so far, which is a lot. Then they need to get a ton of bugs killed, and polish it up for release. Hopefully they learned from psu, and will try to deliver updates more soon. To do this they will need a lot more communication with sega of japan to get the content and translate it as son as possible. Which is one major cause why updates came so slow for psu, cause it takes time to translate all the content added and then implement that into the game. Although it shouldn't have takings as long as it did in psu. Hopefully things will change.

by kdrakari on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:35pm
Would still be nice if the global client updates simultaneously with the Japanese, sharing servers would be nice too. Still, I'll probably at least have an account on the localized servers unless a certain something comes through strong before it gets released. Also, I really hope we can choose having the original voice acting.

by Kion on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:41pm
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source?

by Hakoten on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:46pm
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If the servers aren't shared, or I can't bring my character over I'll probably just stay with the JP version. I have no trust in SoA and I can just imagine how far behind the updates will be.

by Getintothegame on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:47pm
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This is wonderful news. I am glad to hear that PSO World was able to break this story!

by Miyoko on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:50pm
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You have a chance to do something great here, Sega, but in order to win over the people you need (and your hard core fans who are already playing on JP servers), you're going to have to make a big splash and do something extraordinary. Just releasing the game and doing nothing else isn't going to get you far. I hope you've got something big up your sleeves!

by KurotenZer0 on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 11:58pm
*backflip* Oh my gosh...I was getting kinda scared there! Announcement out the way...let's see how everything is going to be handled!!

by Arika on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 12:01am
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They will need to have at least 10x lobbies dedicated for AFK dancing then.

by Pyro8562 on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 4:14am
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I'm glad they're localizing this but I honestly hope they don't screw it up. Honestly I hope that there's just 1 server and not different servers for each region. Also I hope that they don't take years to push patches >.> I also hope they localize the Vita version.

by NitroPenguinz on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 12:47pm
the reason they get so far behind, is that microsoft has to authorize the patches and content they put in the game, but with pc, they dont have to anymore =]

by slipknotver on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 1:01am
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idk why some of you think updates will be behind. America release will has the same without having to work through the bugs. and the last pso games weren't free to play so this will keep active accounts and keep it alive so there inst any history to base this off of.

by Lumpen Thingy on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 1:03am
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you clearly haven't played SOA's PSO and PSU have you?

by Ecchi on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 1:08am
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I hope they dont repeat themselves this time around.....and here I was waiting on a NA release. Guess ill hop on JP version for now.

by TetsuyaHikari on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 2:40am
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I know, right? I was just thinking the same thing, haha. We were always soooooo far behind JP PSU!

by slipknotver on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 12:16pm
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no of course not i just signed up a pso fansite for shits n giggles lol.......

by Meevs on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 5:21pm
Regardless of your effort to join us fan boys, you still seem to be out of the loop with that statement.

by slipknotver on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 12:17pm
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thats a stupid question.

by M3rror on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 7:29am
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Did you know America never got the full PSOBB? It shut down a year after release due to the extremely slow updates. You know the GAC? Gaurdians Advance Content. It was a massive update for PSU. America got it a year later, and it was never updated as much versus the Japanese one that received constant updates. PSO-World always talked about those updates, if you never read. There is a history. Sure we get no bugs, but we also get no updates. Pick your poison: Server A: Faster updates, more active players, lots of events, Japanese language. Server B: Slower, if ever receives the update (which will be a year later), not so many active players who understand the game (those players are playing on the JP server), and hardly any worth while events. Just holiday events. Oh, but it'll be in the language you can understand.

by Meevs on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 5:26pm
I love this post, RAWR

by Dragun9500 on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 11:20am
With the JP PSU they have items from Phantasy Star Portable 1, 2, and Infinity. We have a total of 16 events on the 360 servers. The JP PC has 24 events. We only have 1/16 the content that the JP servers have. And now OUR servers are being closed down, while the JP servers are still going to be up. Some people say its Sega of Americas' fault we aren't getting the full updates. But I think its both Sega of America and Sega of Japan. So we will have to just wait and see. Sega said they will have global servers.

by JordanLund on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 11:34am
Ever since the original PSO on the Dreamcast, the English localizations have lagged behind the Japanese releases. Quite a lot of downloadable missions and whatnot was never released in English at all, most recently the 3rd PS game for the PlayStation Portable, "Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity" I would hope that microtransactions gives Sega incentive to actually release content in the states.

by Arika on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 7:16pm
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Because nobody want to pay for PSU GC gacha, the xbox server died. (They have petition over it when the system is about to implement) Now, PSU is free to play, no matter players keep account active or not, if they not play scratch, SEGA will think "this server not worth their invest" and will just shut down too. JP pay those AC/GC stuffs for huge amount. Which is why their PSU still receive update monthly, never end. Being clever + stingy = shut down.

by Leliana on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 1:32am
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Sega's smart enough to announce this on the perfect site. :) Unfortunately, that release date is quite far off. Oh well, here's to hoping they'll be nice enough to offer character transfers. :p

by Runehades on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 1:33am
I could seriously cry right about now!

by Noxia on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 1:47am
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Pouny definitely won't AFK/dance when it comes out :3 Pouny will play no-stop !!! (n.n) i just hope servers won't be desert........

by Vintasticvin on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 10:18am
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Le gasp!!!! To hell with Jp D: Its amazing and all that jazz but jp lacks one thing that made Western Psu all the worthwhile, it lacked the Pouny experience :D

by Freshellent on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 2:14am
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Don't care what the haters say. See you guys next year. It's gonna be awesome.

by Vintasticvin on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 10:29am
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If we dont share servers with the Haters see ya next year.

by AncientRemnants on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 11:54am
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Heck Yea!!! ^_^

by Meevs on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 5:42pm
I think, I guess as a "hater" myself, I'd be glad to wave goodbye to anyone who can't comprehend my so called "hate".

by TetsuyaHikari on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 2:44am
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It seems like plenty of people are probably going to stick with JP PSO2 for a couple of reasons: A. By the time PSO2 NA comes out, their characters in the JP version will have had a ton of time invested into them (Spring 2013? Really?), so it is doubtful they will seriously want to start over B. If you stick with JP PSO2, you know you're always going to be up-to-date with the content rather than having to wait months for the same update on the NA version (see: PSO/PSU) As for me, I'll probably just stick with the JP servers and hope SoA isn't stupid enough to keep their servers restricted by region and will try to combine efforts with SoJ to build the community. Sure, I can see SoJ surviving with their own servers, but do you seriously want a repeat of PSU, SoA? The population from PSU NA compared to PSU JP was laughable. You know what to do, SoA.

by GeoSword on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 3:55am
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D-Arkers? Arcs? Sounds like SOA being lazy or they are up to their localization failures once more. It's DARKERS and ARKS, even the concept art shows this. Why is it that SOA has this innate ability to mess up translations or unnecessarily change names of things in their games? Like how did we go from LineShields to Shieldweaves? Either way, this seems like they are trying to release the PC version along with the Vita and Smartphone versions if they are thinking of a Spring release. Don't you mess this up SEGA...

by Syaorandc on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 4:09am
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Not really excited by this announcement. If I was Fall 2012 then that would be ok but 2013? Sorry but way to late Sega. By then someone else will have done an English patch for the menus and most people won't go over to the NA/EU release unless it is global servers. If its not global then forget it. So many other MMOs by then that the NA/EU servers will be sparse in population. I should just go over to the Sega headquarters and ask them why they need a year to translate. I'll get my friend who's fluent in both Japanese and English to translate it in about month (Yes, he is that good and yes he works as a translator currently and yes I live in Japan. My Japanese is good enough to play and converse but not translate fully yet)

by Meevs on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 5:52pm
Some good posts on here! Your right, I got XIV, and I'm looking into a few more MMOs(possibly, im quite picky with MMOs), but more so, (more than I did when I was young, because of school and gil), I play other games allot more! So many titles to look forward to like the many fpsers, good story telling games, etc. etc. I plan on putting a lot of time in pso2, more xiv though, but there's so much on mah plate now, than opposed to having a dreamcast with one game and sometimes borrowing a friends burned japanese game, and my ps2 with the hd in it for one of the best experiences ever.

by Nexoz on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 4:52am
I'm just gonna wait for the English release now. I'd rather play a game I can understand instead of being confused with the Japanese text. I know the game is easy to navigate but I'd rather play it in English. Oh my gosh I'm seriously freaking out about this news now. And people complaining about the release date. Clearly you have no idea how long it takes to translate, bugfix and overall localize games. I hope they'll release PSO2 on Steam. :D You have to consider why it's taking so long is because maybe Sega in the west isn't so big anymore, considering how they've closed down multiple of their studios in EU and all that bad stuff that's been happening around them lately.

by M3rror on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 7:41am
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Agrajag over at PSUmods translated almost all of what he could in about a week or so. Bug fixes? Bug fixes are fixed considering it's just the JP game but different language. And localizing a digital only game is not hard. About all there is is advertising, but I doubt SoA/E has the money for that. The only thing left are voice actors. And yes, I can see that taking awhile, but they should of already gathered the voice actors they needed and not wait until the game was released in Japan. Voice acting is not a major part in PSO2. And you just notified SEGA's problem. There are hardly enough NA/EU players to make up for seperate servers. Both will die out, just like PSOBB, PSU PC, and PSU Xbox 360. The players that truely do love PS will be smart to play on JP, even if there is a language barrier. If servers are seperate again, history will just repeat itself inevitably.

by AncientRemnants on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 12:15pm
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But if its F2P, then why does it matter if u play on the NA or JP version... you dont really lose anything even if history does repeat itself. I just like to actually understand what im doing. Even if the servers are low in population, thats just more room for more people who havent played PSO or PSU to join in and love the game and bring even more people to play with me and anyone else who wants to play in an english environment. I for one will be playing in the english server where i can actually understand whats going on, get in the game and not wait 30 mins to finally make a character or get back in the game after you log off.

by Meevs on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 6:08pm
Ewww... this whole post is eww, its funny people are getting on one of the SOA employees at the blog for having that same thought process... ----But if its F2P, then why does it matter if u play on the NA or JP version... you dont really lose anything even if history does repeat itself.---- It matters for many reason, many of those reasons are mentioned throughout the boards, the web and even this blog, judging from this statement, you seem like you like to log on, jump around for a bit then log off... can't help but notice the surge of cgamers affecting the industry... hey you may not be, but you sound like one. ---thats just more room for more people who havent played PSO---- someone made a post about this a few posts earlier, id advise reading the posts, sure people who haven't played, most people like to call them "noobs", yeah some people can join and get the hang of it, but if you understand what your getting into with pso, you'll join the jp servers..., and im not just talking about getting things done, hardcore gamers, im talking about people that play consistently, know what they're doing, don't get on and piss around for 35mins then log off(gosh xi ruined me for casual gamers and now I can't stand them, if you've ever setup the perfect party and have a hard to find job randomly leave because greys anotomy was on, then you'd know what im talking about)... Idc what some casual gamer defender may say, but i have a lot more fun, completing runs, quests, unlocking story lines, with real gamers, people who can have lives, but they're hobby, past time is gameing, it can be done, i do "everything else" you casuals would consider having a life and still game allot.

by AncientRemnants on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 1:28pm
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I really wouldn't call myself a casual gamer, especially how much time i spend on a game... I've had experience with other people leaving a quest mid game too, its not that big of a deal if someone wants to get off cause their favorite TV show is on, or their best friend comes over, or if they just get bored with the game. I just finish the quest and find someone else to get on with. And just because i dont stay on a forum for 15 hours doesnt mean that im a casual gamer, that was just an inaccurate statement. The JP servers might be better than the NA servers, but that doesnt mean that people who play on the NA servers are not fans of PSO or PSU. You act just like my best friend who states that "EVERYONE who likes Halo Reach isnt a real Halo fan," which is another inaccurate statement. Also, just because the updates are going to be slower than the JP version doesnt mean that the NA version is bad. Minecraft for the xbox 360 is slower on its updates, yet some people still find it better than the original just for the fact that you can play with your xbox 360 friends, play local without having to get multiple systems, and make servers better and faster than the pc version. So just because it came out first, doesnt mean that its better, cause just like everyone else says, it may have less bugs and fixed a lot of problems that the original might have had.

by SubstanceD on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 4:51am
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Finally. For a while there I was very worried that this game wouldn't get a western release. I can't wait until 2013.

 
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