Five cool games from Japan that never came to the west

Phantasy Star Online 2

If you remember the first Phantasy Star Online you might have been excited for this game. Well, until SEGA said it has been delayed "indefinitely."

Phantasy Star Online 2 was poised to be a massive improvement over the first game, and fans had good reason to be excited: It was the first direct sequel to the 2000 title - almost a 14-year gap between the two games!

Why it didn't come to the west

It looked like this game was coming to North America for the longest time. SEGA had advertised it to NA audiences, saying we'd be able to play it as soon as early 2013. But the only thing we got in 2013 was silence.

SEGA has been asked to comment several times on the state of the North American release but their only response is that the western version has been delayed indefinitely.

Part of the reality is the way they've worked merchandising into the game. There are in-game items you can get from popular animes like Attack on Titan and Fate/Stay Night. Figuring out the licencing for a North American release would be a nightmare, which is too bad because PSO2 looked awesome.

Published Dec. 3rd 2015

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