Phantasy Star Online 2 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Phantasy Star Online 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Five cool games from Japan that never came to the west https://www.gameskinny.com/4ez06/five-cool-games-from-japan-that-never-came-to-the-west https://www.gameskinny.com/4ez06/five-cool-games-from-japan-that-never-came-to-the-west Fri, 04 Dec 2015 08:57:42 -0500 Robert Sgotto

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Dragon Quest X

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If you haven't heard of Dragon Quest, it's a classic JRPG that used to be as big as Final Fantasy, at least in Japan.

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Dragon Quest X, the only entry in the series not to be released outside of Japan, is an MMO that combines the traditional Dragon Quest RPG elements with modern MMO mechanics.

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A multiplayer Dragon Quest isn't something we usually get, so missing out on this one was a big disappointment.

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Why it didn't come to the west
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Square Enix has made many comments about why we haven't seen a North American release. They've talked about how they don't have the infrastructure to host servers in NA and how the game series isn't as popular as it once was.

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What it really comes down to is that entering the North American MMORPG market that's already dominated by World of Warcraft might be hard for a game like Dragon Quest.

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Mother 3 / Earthbound 2

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The third and final installment in the Mother series, Mother 3, or more commonly known as Earthbound 2 to western fans, is an RPG for the Gameboy Advance that follows the story of Lucas and his family.

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You might remember Lucas from Super Smash Brothers as the kid with psychic powers, like Ness.

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Fans have been asking Nintendo to release this one in North America for what feels like ages, and Nintendo has responded! By re-releasing it on the Wii U virtual console... in Japan only.

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Why it didn't come to the west
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The hardest thing going for this game was that it was released at the end of the GBA's life cycle. Nintendo was focusing on selling their new Nintendo DS handheld system (new at the time) and because of that some Gameboy games got left in the dust.

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Combine that with the series' popularity never breaking into the mainstream western audiences, Nintendo felt like we didn't want Mother 3.

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Nintendo might have been wrong about that, however, as there are fan translations of the game floating online, showing just how dedicated Earthbound fans can be. 

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Valkyria Chronicles III / Senjō no Valkyria 3: Unrecorded Chronicles

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Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role playing series based loosely on Europe in the early years of World War II. The game takes a lot of inspiration from classics like Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan and it makes for a uniquely awesome experience.

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Why it didn't come to the west
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Uh oh, here's another one from SEGA. At least they were honest with us this time and told us flat out why Valkyria Chronicles III never made it here.

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Hiroshi Seno, SEGA's team manager of console sales mentioned in an interview in Singapore that the PSP's low sales in North America and lack of interest in Valkyria Chronicles II was the reason for no western release of the third game.

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It's too bad we never saw this game come to the west, many critics say it's the best entry in the series yet.

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BS The Legend of Zelda / BS Zelda no Densetsu

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Back when console attachments were as popular as JNCO jeans, Nintendo made an accessory called the Satellaview. The device functioned by receiving TV satellite broadcast signals and allowed players to update and download games.

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While there were not a lot of notable games for the attachment, there was one that stood out from the rest.

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BS The Legend of Zelda for the SNES Satellaview was a remake of the classic original title, with updated graphics, new puzzles and locations, and a clock that had events tied with the time of day. The game is often compared to other "master quest" Zelda games and it's easy to see why.

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Why it didn't come to the west
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Well, considering how the Satellaview worked, it would have been pretty difficult for Nintendo to get us this game. If you thought this would have been pretty cool to play, you're in luck! People have made English translations of the ROM and released them online for anyone willing to tackle this master quest.

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Phantasy Star Online 2

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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."

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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!

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Why it didn't come to the west
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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.

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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.

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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.

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When fans recently heard that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is not going to be released in North America, there was a huge outcry. 

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While that might be the big focus, there are other reasons for fans to be upset. Part of the issue is that the fans feel like they're being betrayed by the developers that they've supported. Of course, it's never that simple, and can be pretty complicated.

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There are lots of aspects that determine whether a game from Japan will make it west. Culture vs culture, licensing laws, money, criticism, and projected sales, just to name a few. But, no matter the reason, when you're looking forward to a game you like but then hear it won't be available in your country, it's going to be disappointing news. It's almost like hearing the game got cancelled, and that can be heartbreaking! (R.I.P. Silent Hills... *sniff*)

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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 isn't the first game from Japan that won't make it to North America, and it won't be the last. Here are five great looking games from Japan that just didn't make it to the west.

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I had to leave some other cool games off of this list, so if you think something else should be on this list, let us know!

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Ignores Western Audience In Favor of 2014 Asia Release? https://www.gameskinny.com/a5s9j/phantasy-star-online-2-ignores-western-audience-in-favor-of-2014-asia-release https://www.gameskinny.com/a5s9j/phantasy-star-online-2-ignores-western-audience-in-favor-of-2014-asia-release Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:11:07 -0400 Stephanie Tang

“But... but what about me?”

(Update: a new career opportunity ad hints that a western localization might still be in the works, discussed here: Is PSO2 Finally Getting a Western Localization?)

In July 2012, Sega’s free to play Phantasy Star Online 2 released in Japan on Microsoft Windows, complete with Arks Cash shop page for in-game purchases made in real money. Later, in February 2013, it released for PS Vita, and is now tentatively scheduled for release on both iOS and Android sometime later this year.

Since the release of the first Phantasy Star on the Sega Master System in 1988 in the United States, a fan following was born. Subsequent years have only seen the fan love intensify as the franchise continues to balloon. With Phantasy Star titles featured on every single new Sega console, and remakes and new releases on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Xbox 360, and PC, it's no wonder that original announcements for PSO2 to be released "early 2013" were met in North America with high enthusiasm.

However, in spite being playable last year at PAX Prime, stateside disappointment ran high when Sega announced in March that the US version of the game would be delayed. No real reason was given for the delay. As a Sega spokesperson told Polygon, "We don't have any specifics but will update everyone as soon as there are more details to share."

Unfortunately, since the March announcement, it seems there have been no more details to share. No new news or timeline have been even tentatively announced for the North American release of PSO2.

Meanwhile in Asia...

What has come to light is an announcement of a PSO2 release in Asia in 2014, according to a Phantasy Star Fan Blog, which has a translation of the original Japanese post on Famitsu:

“Phantasy Star Online 2 plans to release in several Asian countries in 2014. Gamania Digital Entertainment will launch PSO2 in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. AsiaSoft will handle the Southeast Asia territories in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia. Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The localization process isn’t just limited to dialogue translations, rather, it will highlight the cultural differences of each territory through unique items and events. For example, players could see costumes and lobby events matching their native customs and traditions. In addition, some territories may re-record character voices to speak in their native languages.”

Early reports of this news came last month by roundabout ways announcing an English-language version, and many articles on the subject cited an investor relations report on AsiaSoft's site that no longer appears to exist. Now, at least, we are one step closer to a real confirmation, and a tentative release date.

Those readers in Southeast Asia may receive this news with lukewarm cheer, since AsiaSoft has managed to make its mark on the publisher blacklist with its ineptitude concerning Korean MMORPG Ragnarok Online 2, another long-anticipated online free to play sequel. 

For their sakes, we hope that Phantasy Star Online 2 is fraught with a little less drama.

But what does this mean for America?

Official English announcements may be posted soon to verify the much-translated Japanese news, but currently the news has been met with widespread North American disappointment and impatience. 

The questions have already started to fly. What will this mean for a potential PSO2 release in North America? Are we next? When will Sega have anything to say about it?

Many US players, impatient with the long delay and lack of official feedback on timelines, have been content to play the Japanese version with fan-made English patches. While this technically violates the game’s EULA, Phantasy Star Online is one of those franchises with a fanbase that won’t quit, and many players will do whatever it takes to get their game on.

Still, with more and more NA players losing patience with the lack of Sega’s communication and turning to these unofficial means of playing the Japanese release, it’s inevitable that the fan fervor for an NA release is going to start dying off.

People do move on, even from Phantasy Star Online.

So what do you think?

Does this announcement of an Asia release help keep hope alive, or just crush our dreams further under heel?

(Many thanks to user Dead_1424 for letting me know about the Relic Entertainment ad discussed here!)

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Differences Between Phantasy Star Online 2 PC and Vita https://www.gameskinny.com/y5btt/differences-between-phantasy-star-online-2-pc-and-vita https://www.gameskinny.com/y5btt/differences-between-phantasy-star-online-2-pc-and-vita Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:06:22 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Phantasy Star Online 2 heading to the Vita is exciting news for fans. As would be expected in a port of a large game to a handheld, there are going to be some changes to the Vita version that are going to change the overall experience that you should know about before getting too excited.

But still, you should get excited.

Satoshi Sakai, the games producer, spoke with Japanese site 4Gamer (according to Phantasy Star Fan Blog) about some of the changes coming in the port. And no, they're not expanding the scope of the game. This a port from PC to handheld we're talking here.

Luckily, the changes are all simply to make Phantasy Star Online 2 run smoothly on the Vita.

Fans can expect smaller maps and less enemies on screen to ensure the game runs smooth as butter. This might sound terrible, but the smaller scope of the maps will allow players to encounter and fight enemies more quickly. That is a plus.

PC players will have the same experience as Vita users when using the cross-play servers.

This is a far better option than having huge chunks of content taken out of the game -- though we will have to wait to see exactly how much smaller the scope of PSO2 will be.

PSO2 for the PC is currently live in Japan and is thriving at over 1,000,000 registered users. A portion of those users are English-speaking, as the Phantasy Star fanbase is more than a little dedicated. Those interested can look for English tutorials online to get into and enjoy the game almost to its fullest.

The PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released on February 28 in Japan and will be free via the PSN, meaning English-speaking players familiar with the game already will be able to get in on the Vita action relatively easily.

Source: Siliconera

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to Vita for Free https://www.gameskinny.com/rfzly/phantasy-star-online-2-coming-to-vita-for-free https://www.gameskinny.com/rfzly/phantasy-star-online-2-coming-to-vita-for-free Sat, 24 Nov 2012 14:33:57 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Phantasy Star Online has a place in every Dreamcast owner's heart. The Dreamcast is dead (RIP, sweet prince), but Phantasy Star Online 2 on the PC is alive and kicking some serious butt in Japan. The game has more than one million players, and it's coming to Vita for some portable (and free!) adventure.

Despite being in Japanese, PSO2 has a dedicated English-speaking playerbase. You can bet that anyone with a Vita who enjoys this game, no matter what country they are in, is going to download and play it portably.

What's most exciting is that the server between the Vita and PC versions of Phantasy Star Online 2 will be shared, so you can play the same characters on either platform.

While the game itself is free, there will be a special paid edition for those looking for extra goodies. These goodies span from costumes and weapons to a CD with music from Phantasy Star Portable 1 and 2. You can check out the whole list over at Siliconera.

The free Vita download and the special edition will be available on February 28, 2013. Hopefully we'll get Phantasy Star Online 2 in English one day. Please, Sega?

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