Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch… in Japan only

At what point is Sega officially just taunting Phantasy Star Online 2 fans in North America? It’s hard to be sure, but the announcement that PSO2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch probably crosses that line. Because it’s true, the title will be playable on the Switch… in Japan. No American release, just in Japan.

The port announcement came as part of the most recent Nintendo Direct announcement, and it may very well put a lie to the speculation that Sega’s refusal to release the game was due to their PC-heavy strategy and business deals preventing a proper release on Steam. So why is it only in Japan? Who knows. The important thing is that Japanese players can use the Switch and you cannot. (Unless, of course, you’re reading this from Japan. If that’s the case, well, hi!)

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overbyte

Eat a dick Sega. You’re not even the best at making sonic games

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Mr Poolaty

Utter bullshit

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Purple Apple

Hey, at least nintendo switch is region free

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Richard de Leon III

oh for cripes sake….*bleep* you SEGA. Phantasy Star used to rival Final Fantasy back in the old Gen/SNES days but they are just effing up keeping it away from western fans. They cant even be bothered to release the updated/remastered Phantasy Star 1/2 srpgs, which I would give up an arm and a leg for….

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Sorenthaz

Better to just go through the minor one time hassle of getting the Japanese PC client set up than it is to sit back and wait for the game to never come overseas.

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Rottenrotny

I remember when I worked at Sega of America up in SF the original PSO QA dept consisted of one poor soul. He had to sit there and play that terribad game for 40 hours a week. Haha.

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Jack Pipsam

I cannot help but be annoyed by that, they’d put in effort to port it to the Switch, a system with terrible online and they can’t even be bothered to shop around for anyone to distribute the game in the West? It’s clear SEGA doesn’t give a toss enough to do it themselves, but surely there’d be someone who’d do it.

Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if the game did come out in the West it would be closed within 16 months.

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overbyte

They bloody own atlas, one of the best Japanese porters for western games

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Koshelkin

I guess Sega just can’t be arsed to outsource or build a serverfarm to support the game overseas.

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Greaterdivinity

The interesting bit about this is that it’s a cloud-based client, likely due to storage size limitations on Switch (though even PS Vita manages to have a proper install around 15GB, although the visuals are considerably lower quality than other platforms obviously). I’m actually quite interested to see how a cloud-based version of the game performs, it seems like a solid fit for a mobile device like the Switch on the one hand, but that will also mean that Switch is going to require a far stronger, more stable connection than any other platform.

Oh well, no western release no care. I swear, Sega and Capcom are having a competition to see which can be the dumber Japanese publisher, and it’s always difficult to tell which one is winning since they’re both doing such a great job of it.

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wakkander

I think Konami won that competition previously.

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ChaosConstant

At least Switch games aren’t region locked; you just create a new account and tell it you’re in Japan and you can switch (no pun intended) back and forth between the US and Japanese eShops.
It would, of course, be nice to be able to play it in a language I can read.

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Jack Pipsam

I don’t think anything is region locked anymore, I am pretty sure PS4 and Xbox One is also region free. So the PS4 version should in theory be just the same to get a hold of… just in Japanese tho.

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kgptzac

Well played.

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Chris Moss

This is like putting a piece of meat infront of your dog, then pulling it away and eating it yourself………. so F’ing evil

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Reginald Atkins

*sigh*

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Austin Alexander

I’ve given up hope of this or Dragon’s Dogma Online ever coming out here, and it’s just baffling to me why these games aren’t localized. Capcom has a history of not localizing things that really should be (looking at you, E.X. Troopers), but Sega hasn’t disappointed like this before as far as I’m aware. These developers really need to wise up and realize that, especially with both of them being on consoles and f2p, there IS a fairly large market for these games.

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nobleeinherjar

I still want to believe in Dragon’s Dogma Online. My hope is that they’re focusing on the PS4/Xbone version of the original game and bring it over sometime after that.

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CapnLan

I was really looking forward to this game many years ago. I was all over PSO boards and poring over any and all content about it I could find. I had my wallet on standby ready and willing to throw it at the game.

Now though? Meh. Even if it did come out I wouldn’t play it. They had their chance and blew it. Every time I see an article about PSO2 I just shake my head sadly at what could have been.

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Utakata

Boo! :(

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Tim Johnson

News like this makes me sad.. PSO holds a special place in my heart, and i miss it. I know there are conceptually similar ideas for games, but.. PSO had a certain feel that none of the F2P games ever have really caught.

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Modrain

That rollercoaster title ;_;

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