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By Ryna at 07/13/2012 - 5:24pm
PSO2Japanese gaming website recently interviewed Satoshi Sakai, producer for the Phantasy Star Online series. In the interview, Sakai talks about the creation of Phantasy Star Online 2, future updates, and the regional servers. In particular, he mentioned the North American/European servers will not be linked to the Japanese servers.

This turn of events will surely come as a disappointment to those that were expecting globaly linked servers.

Credit goes to Neirene for bringing us this news. You can discuss this news in this forum thread.

by Worship on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 5:30pm
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by DoctorShanks on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 6:00pm
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Good. Language barriers kind of suck anyway. Oh well, can't be helped. I wouldn't have gotten my hopes up anyway since I don't know of many modern MMOs that link the Eastern and Western servers anymore.

by EvilJohn on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 6:34pm
that kinda sucked i loved that pso ver1&2 dc could play with everyone, from everywhere.

by Darkus on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:21am
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even with the language barrier, that's another thing I loved about PSO, making friends from everywhere... but oh well. :/

by Macman on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 6:35pm
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It's less about language barriers and playing with a global community, as it is about keeping up to date with content releases, bug/exploit patches and reliable GMs. If the servers are separated again, it pretty much paves the way for this game to be another PSU, where the western servers rarely get new areas, missions, or weapons, and even more rarely get special events.

by pso2love on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 6:49pm
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I would love for someone to ask Sakai specifically about being up to date with content, and not omitting "new areas, missions, or weapons, and even more rarely get special events" for the western server.

by Rubesahl on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 12:39pm
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PRECISELY the problem. If my friends wouldn't mind, I'd stick to the JPN version so I can have the latest content and support. Otherwise this game will have a swift death for the international community.

by BWS-1 on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 6:37pm
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Look at it on the bright side! Japanese servers do QA on new content and balance it out, US/EU servers get the patched up and localized content!* Totally worth it. *Well... assuming they ever GET the content.** **Not thinking of PSU at all here, nooo /sarcasm.

by Shade_Koopa on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 10:27pm
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PSO 2; with out the global server will end up just like PSU servers. We will never get all the content and it will die quickly. Why does sega hate us...

by pso2love on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 6:46pm
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3 questions I have for you, SEGA! 1. Will we get all content from Jpn servers, excluding "game culturalization", into the west server? 2. Will SOA/SOE set reasonable prices for arks cash? 3. And will we see Vita, iOS/Android versions in the west?

by Gun96 on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 6:58pm
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So they pretty much just crapped in our faces.....again. Well time to learn how to read japanese.

by BWS-1 on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 7:11pm
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But now the game is F2P so they'll... probably use that as the reason to further minimize the support for the game. Hmmm, maybe since we'll likely have to pay to transfer from dead servers/ships to another they'll have less financial restrictions in that effect? Not to mention the My Room and Trading ''not default anymore'' features and the Ark cash setup... I HAVE FAITH, this might not be the end before the beginning! Why would they refrain from making the same mistakes as they did with PSU only to do WORSE? Really let's... let's just wait until it comes out here and has been out for about 6 months before starting to lose ourselves (I know it's hard, I'm having a hard time being neither overly optimistic or overly pessimistic).

by Gun96 on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 9:06pm
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Yeah maybe they wont mess up, and who knows maybe they COULD do super good with this, but i wouldn't get my hopes up, especially not after how SoA treated PSU like a broken toy. I don't know much about SoE but thats just me. We'll have to see if they pull their head of the butts and everyone gets the same thing at the same time.

by slipknotver on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 7:14am
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you cant keep comparing pso2 to psu cause psu sucked anyways. even with the updates it was never better then pso and didn't have the community pso had.

by Oniyoru on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 8:25pm
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About the game...I have to disagree on that...specially on the world and story structure And about PSO community well...Schthack is the reason =p

by Neoistheone on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 1:09am
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Looks like I will be playing on the Japanese servers only then, I may have an account on the English servers but will never put a lot of effort in to it.

by DerpiestShazbot on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 1:15am
Didn't they promise global support in the first teaser trailer for this game? Well this sucks.

by Oniyoru on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 8:32pm
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The cake is a lie

by Neith on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 3:54am
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JP Server 1 : 0 US Server. Don't know why they insist on clinging to this archaic server structure, but whatever. I'll be sticking with JP version for the foreseeable future.

by Noxia on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 8:20am
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So you just don't care about those who want to read the story ? You don't care about what the NPCs are saying to you ? You really want the US version to go down as fast as possible ? You don't care about me ? ;-;

by Akaba on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 10:56pm
Yeah, pretty much. I will set up a US account but chances are I probably won't put too much effort into it as if it's managed anything like the US servers for PSU were they WILL go down before you know it.

by Graven on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 9:19am
The only hope now, is for they to state that the western servers will walk side by side with they JP servers, otherwise it will be lame. Or put optional english language in the JP client.

by AncientRemnants on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 10:23am
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Still going to play on the english servers. Who's with me!!!?

by Endykins on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 12:28pm
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I'm more than happy to not have to play with the JP only tards. This is great news. ^_^

by ThaiSoup on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 1:12pm
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You mean I get the choice to only troll people in my language? Sweet. Looking at how traffic is on the PSO2 JP servers. They probably went back on it for stability issues. Or just..because they can. Don't know, don't care. JP has been just one big beta for me anyways. Personally, I rather them work on higher server capacity to make ships just like blocks were in PSU. As much as enjoyable as it was to stay away from the masses on Uni2. It was nice to have enough part of the same community for trade forums purposes. But since trading and shops are all cash associated now. Not sure how many fucks I care about that either besides having more up in shops to buy.

by HIT0SHI on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 5:38pm
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Once the US version is released, it better be up to date vs the JP servers... ">>

by Shade_Koopa on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 10:30pm
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Probably not, PSO 2 will end up like PSU. Unless they give us all the content update the JPN version will get, PSO 2 will die. There is just now love for us over here.

by slipknotver on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 7:15am
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you have nothing to base this off of. psu is not pso2. talking about two different games

by Dragun9500 on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 9:52am
Yes. 2 diffrent games. By the same developers. With the same problem, regional servers. And its not about the games. Its about Sega of America not giving us the full content. I also have heard this about another game PSO BB. (Not sure if its the right one) The point of people saying PSO2 is going to be like PSU is not becasue of how the games are, but becasue of the Western developers not showing enough dedication to it customers. And also people keep comparing PSO2 to PSU is becasue PSU is the most recent Phantasy Star game. And the best example of SoA not doing what it's supposed to do.

by slipknotver on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 4:07pm
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that still doesn't prove pso2 will suck. just because they did wrong b4 doesn't mean it will be the same and to just jump to conclusions and to post on here crying about the game is already over etc. etc is annoying. get over it even if it doesn't get all the updates i will still enjoy playing it just like i did pso when it didn't get all the updates.... pso still rocked and if you don't like it you don't have to play cause many of us will.

by AncientRemnants on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 8:24pm
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by Oniyoru on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 8:28pm
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One thing we learn from history is...SoA kill games...

by Dragun9500 on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 11:15pm
I'm not saying PSO2 will suck, I'm saying that SoA has a bad reputation. And, with the game being Free to Play, gives SoA more reason to not fully commit. We had to pay to buy PSU, we had to pay $10 per month. For PSO2, free download, and no monthy fees. Maybe we would have to pay for expansion packs, but I don't see that filling Segas pockets they way they want. All I'm saying is that I, like alot of people, am not getting my hopes up. If SoA doesn't give us what we want, then alot of people will switch over to the JP servers, and the Western PSO2 community will start to dwindle. And then eventually end the Western PSO2 servers, like they are doing now with PSU. I never played PSO, always wanted to. But I did play PSU and I loved it. And I will be playing on PSO2, but mostlikely the JP servers.

by NitroPenguinz on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 6:21am
well what about psp and psp2 huh. Those are still there. psu is not their latest title in the series. The reason why we missed all the content was at one point we fell so far behind until it was impossible to catch back up so the servers were behind ever since. And again they still need to update their other games, while updating psu.

by Shade_Koopa on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 10:54pm
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Man this sucks, they just killed a great game already. If they actually gives us all the conten the JPN version gets, I don't mind that the US version about 5-6 months behind them. But if they are just going to give us scraps of what the JPN version has, then they already killed the game. This announcements alone will have half of the US players going over the JPN servers; US PSO 2is already dieing.

by Darkus on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:17am
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I have to agree.... unless we're getting the same content, I'll probably hang around the JP servers.... like pretty much everyone else. but time will tell.... well at least we're getting a western version...

by BogusKun on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 5:29am
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Welcome to PSU2.

by AncientRemnants on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 10:16am
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OMG, people are so ungrateful, we're even lucky that SoJ even cared enough to put this out in the west cause they could have not sent it to us at all. who cares if the updates aren't up-to-date with the eastern servers. (who i might add made the game first so u have to expect that they aren't going to send it here at the same time before they iron some bugs and glitches out first, thank u japan) Coming from a person who never got anything he wanted in his life, im very grateful that japan even gives 2 sh**s and fu**s about us to even have a release for a game thats not p2p.

by Rei-San on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 5:34pm
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This isn't about being ungrateful. We all love PSO2 and are glad that they are showing SOME love towards an international release, but what good does that do if the game is unplayable? we feel that the international servers will do little to keep the interest of the community afloat. If you want to play PSO2 in english, then by all means go ahead. But why would I play a watered down version of the game when we are happily playing the JPN version that has literally EVERYTHING in comparison? Now unless sega proves us wrong then I will likely change over, but that's a stretch. >.> I personally get how you feel. Be thankful for what you have and don't be so greedy, cause what you may may be gone from your life.

by AncientRemnants on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 2:17pm
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well thanks for understanding me... i can see where your coming from but i think that people need to at least give it a chance before judging something on past games that are just that, past games. what im trying to say is to just take a chance with this game and play the JP version too if you want, and if it fails then so what. your not losing anything but in-game stuff anyway (unless u get some stuff from the item mall which i dont think that it will cost that much anyway). If people are going to complain about the servers being deserted then dont let it and keep it alive. thats probably why they shut down the servers cause everyone was on the JP servers and not helping there own servers (if im wrong then please tell me).

by lcronovt on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 9:13pm
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They need to do the first step not us, if they show interest in the game it would grow because they would make an effort to do so. And like you I'm gonna wait and see if they really overcome those past mistakes. But for now I'll keep playing in JP server just because of what happen in the past games waiting to see what happens, if they really make the effort like Riot with League of Legends that has 4+ regional servers all updated and a growing community, there is a high chance that everyone would be playing in there own region.

by Oniyoru on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 8:30pm
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Actually the problem is that they PROMISED Global Servers before PSO2 released. And that SoA has a past of killing games...

by Daemon Gildas on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 8:54pm
Ugh, this can only end poorly, methinks. Normally, I wouldn't think anything of it, but consider how SEGA has treated its non-Japan community with PSU, I'm not holding out much hope. Honestly, I think I might still lean towards joining the Japanese version, although I'm more that willing to give the Western release a try. If it takes more than two months to get an update after Japan does, however, I'll definitely be migrating.

by LoveRappy on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 9:00pm
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100% glad they are seperated. this better mean the NA/EU versions will not have GameGuard either. hopfully the English version will be on Steam and use VAC instead.

by Macman on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 5:13am
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Ha ha ha, that's a good one.

by TecherRamen on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 6:26pm
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Its too bad sega cant get with google and embed translation protocols so that they wouldnt have to rewrite any text, it would just be converted automatically and then cached by the game. This would also really improve google translate's JP-Eng translations. if google translate was a little better the language barrier would be almost non existant, a lot of the in game text thats in the chat log can be coppy-pasted into GT anyway including interaction with the Japanese community...

by Meyfei on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 4:42pm
Bare with me im on a shitty laptop. and this is the worth the ban: i swear i wanna bash some fucking sense into there useless skulls -.- companies, NO MATTER WHO JUST DONT FUCKING CARE ANYMORE. Sega of america dont give two fucking shits they'll do what they always do FUCK EVERYONE OVER! pso2 wont get any advertisments cause they'll throw it's advert funds to some shitassed americanised game their slackass programmers make instead. Seriously cost wise and efficiency using 1 client, 1 update, 1 cashshop is ALL worth it. but fuck no. lets bitchslap everyone and let SoA get some free chump change before fucking up a new game AGAIN. Inb4Xbox import -.-

by Fontes on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 8:25am
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It's all the same to me. Never planned to play this with moon-rune speaking people, anyway.

by Meyfei on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 8:35am
do Americans always have there head up there asses? Incase you didnt know there language was around much longer than english so if anything we're the moonspeakers

by AncientRemnants on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 8:28pm
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QUIET YOU!!! they must not know the secret. What he meant to say was that everyone has there own way of communication... XD


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