Could one agreement be what’s preventing localization of Phantasy Star Online 2?

    
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Yeah, it's never happening.

We’ve made our fair share of jokes about Phantasy Star Online 2 over here at Massively Overpowered, because how could we not? The game was happily promoted by Sega with no localization date announced, then it launched in Japan, and the company has subsequently refused to say anything about whether or not it’ll ever be released in the US. It seems like a nonsensical plan… but according to fan site TSSZ, it might be that way because it wasn’t a plan at all.

An anonymous source allegedly spoke to TSSZ and revealed that an agreement was made between Sega of Japan and a Chinese company that prevents the company from releasing PSO2 on Steam anywhere. Since Steam is how Sega handles more or less all of its PC releases, the company may have realized that the agreement prevented them from releasing the game as planned after the promotional work had already been done. It’s all speculation, but it would explain the rather idiosyncratic approach, as well as introducing the hope that the game may finally get a release once the agreement expires.

Source: TSSZ
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devtek
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devtek

That makes no sense tbh, why would the company in china care if they released it in other regions?  Unless the deal was a distribution/publishing one that gave that company the rights to a NA release.  This seems unlikely though given no movement on it in the following years.  Also as others have said, you don’t need steam to distribute a game, especially not on consoles.

AaronTallman
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AaronTallman

Too bad they couldn’t get details on when it expires… :(

AaronTallman
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AaronTallman

MetaDune Dystopiq Yeah, I was gonna say. Even after all this time, it will do fine. I’ve played it and its fantastic. The combat is super satisfying. They will make their money. The game IS well made.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Mysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably I’d be happy with a rerelease of PSO on a Vita or 3DS

Wakkander
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Wakkander

ihatevnecks TBPlayer2112 They own Atlus, which has done a bunch of good rpgs, not the least of which is the Persona team. Give them Phantasy Star 5, watch the money come in, let the good times roll. 

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Dystopiq It have a very engaging attack system and fans of pso1 will be playing this because Sega did a really good job of keeping the feel of pso while improving it incrediblely, sure it be a little niche but it will (and already have in jap with a eng channel) a dedicated fan base

mjfife85
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mjfife85

Fuk Segac.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

ihatevnecks TBPlayer2112 Well the Phantasy Star DS or 3DS or w/e games sounded like they were pretty well-received.

ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

TBPlayer2112 I wouldn’t trust them to make a good rpg out of it anyways. It would probably be some modern day high school sim with a lame quirk like monster breeding or some other nonsense.

Mysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably
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Mysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably

Kind of over it at this point, to be honest. Bring on a single player RPG again (one can dream) or don’t make the same mistake with PSO 3.