Phantasy Star Online 2 is unlikely to get a Western launch
It's a dark day in the Ghural System, as Sega report that Phantasy Star Online 2 is unlikely to get a Western launch.
The Phantasy Star series is one of the longest running flagships in Sega's arsenal, it first appeared in 1987 as an epic RPG, and in 2000, arguably defined the MMO genre for many with the original, Phantasy Star Online.
The rumored report, that is currently doing the rounds online, claims that Sega fear a Western release wouldn't be profitable, or financially viable. The game has already been "fully localized" for the English speaking market, but apparently, this adaptation is currently for non-Japanese-speaking Eastern markets, that may prefer English as a medium. With all the foundations already in-place for a Western launch, it's really disheartening to hear this news, and hopefully the pleas of Western gamers will be heard and Sega will re-evaluate their cult-status game's possibilities.
Phantasy Star Online 2 has been available in Japan for over a year now, with updates and events galore, and a huge player-base, leaving Western fans drooling for a turn on the epic, intergalactic MMORPG.
The Phantasy Star series has had its successes in the west, in particular with Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe, with consistently full servers, often with the more popular servers being full for the duration of the games active life. The games were successfully early adopters of business models such as subscription services and pay-to-play downloadable updates and were always leaders in their field, due to a committed world-wide fan-base.
A lot of first moments can be claimed by the Phantasy Star series, and it's a huge shame to hear Sega don't have confidence in their western markets. The nearest alternative, at the moment, appears to be the upcoming space-age, Wildstar, but for now; maintain hope and keep PSO2 (or all-out moving to Japan) in the forefront.