Phantasy Star Online 2 prepares for English-supported launch
The English localization has been put together for fans of the space aged mmorpg in South East Asia, in countries where Japanese isn't a predominant language, such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. The whole venture has been taken on by third party, Asiasoft Online, with a beta commencing next week.
Despite the English Phantasy Star Online 2 launch not making its way to Europe and the Americas, the launch is seen by many as a glimmer of hope, and for others; a back door into playing the white whale of the mmo world.
With an English version in the pipeline, which has now been announced for a beta launch on April 10th, the possibility of a Western launch is that tiny bit more likely, even if it's just for logistical reasons. In addition, it will hopefully spark cries and petitions from PSO fans in the sequel-less parts of the world and get the attention of developers and potential, third party, localizing partners.
If nothing else comes from it; at least there's solace in the thought that, somewhere out there, an English language PSO2 exists. Hopefully, there'll be a way in for gamers outside of Southeast Asia. At present, the Japanese original can be accessible, with the assistance of some patch magic.
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