Phantasy Star Online 2Â has finally been released in English! Oh, and you canâ€™t play it unless you live in Southeast Asia.
Published by Asiasoft, the English version is exclusive to Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Trying to access these servers outside of those countries wonâ€™t do you any good. According to comments on the gameâ€™sÂ Facebook pageÂ the English version is IP blocked against countries outside of those listed.
Why, Sega? Why would you create an English version of the game â€“Â a game you promised would come to the West, then immediately reneged on â€“ and not let most of the English-speaking world play it?Â Why buy one of the best localization teams in the games industry, and then put a Western release on yourÂ Big List of Stuff We Canâ€™t Talk About?
Honestly, as much as Iâ€™d like to see the free-to-play dungeon-crawler in action myself, I think Sega have missed the boat on this one. With ten cubic buttloads of new games out every week, you can only tease players for so long before they lose interest and move on.
If, not when, we see a Western release forÂ Phantasy Star Online 2, I have to wonder who will still care enough to check it out.