Yes, that’s right! English Phantasy Star Online 2 is on its way but… er…. not the version you’d expect. Turns out Asiasoft Online have a fully localised version in the works – which will be entering Beta on the 10th of April. The news comes from their recently set-up Facebook page here.
As many of you already know I’ve been dying for a localised version of this to come out, for what seems like an eternity. I spent some time with the part-localised version currently ongoing in Japan about a year ago, and I really enjoyed it – but nothing beats a full translation for convenience’s sake.
This version is meant to service Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines – and the question remains, will there be any regional restrictions? Oddly, the Facebook page Admin is oddly evasive on this specific point. Rather than giving an explicit ‘yes or no’ – choosing only to reiterate the regions it’s supposed to be played in.
That suggests to me that they can’t say ‘No’ because it would be a lie – and they can’t say ‘Yes’ because that would be against policy – and Sega would probably go mental. Clutching at straws maybe – but my money’s on this version being open season for Western gamers.
Asiasoft will soon be announcing the list of sites from which Beta Keys for the English Phantasy Star Online 2 will be made available.
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