Phantasy Star Online 2 will shut down in Southeast Asia on May 26

    
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Phantasy Star Online 2 is five years old, but anyone who wants to play the game in North America without downloading an unofficial English patch is still out of luck. The introduction of the Southeast Asia localized version was a bit of a hope spot for those still hoping for a localized release, but that was a couple of years ago now. Also, that version of the game is being shuttered as of May 26th, so that’s not exactly a good sign for people hoping for an eventual export.

No reasons are cited for the shutdown, just that the service contract with Sega is coming to an end and players will be unable to spend any more actual money on the game as of April 21st. Free premium time is being granted to all accounts in light of the shutdown. Our sympathy goes out to all players affected by the shutdown of this version of the game; it’s worth noting that the original Japanese servers are still running with no sign of stopping.

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Armsbend

I sincerely don’t consider Sega a major publisher at all any longer. They should really sell their characters and get out of video games altogether.

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Jack Pipsam

They make bank on Football Manager and Total War, so they’re not going anywhere.

Sonic games will be eternal. If Rise of Lyric couldn’t kill the Sonic franchise, nothing can.

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Wakkander

Sonic, despite not appealing to many older gamers, still sells quite well to younger generations. It is just something you have to accept isn’t for you and move on from. Between that, owning Creative Assembly, the guys who make Total War which does quite well on the PC, and having last year purchased Atlus, the makers of games such as the increasingly popular Persona series, they aren’t going anywhere as a publisher and developer. Not to mention they have significant pachislot holdings in japan which is another revenue stream that probably isn’t likely to see them disappear anytime soon.

Honestly, they could be doing a helluva lot worse than they are. PSO2 never made a whole lot of business sense to me, refusing to port it into the west where it probably could have done just fine, especially on consoles, but that alone doesn’t stop them from being a relevant business in the industry.

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Jeremy Barnes

The SEA version was waaaay behind. Something like two years behind so it was only a matter of time. I don’t know why Sega has been so deadset against letting anyone bring it west.

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Jack Pipsam

I gave up hope of a official ‘western’ release of Phantasy Star Online 2 ages ago, SEGA clearly just didn’t see it being worth it. If they were going to do it, they would have done it.

Losing the SEA server is a shame, I have a far better ping connecting to it than I do any North American hosted server (aka 99% of the one I have to play on RIP).

Although admittedly I never really played it much, more of a novelty try than anything else.
Still quite sad for those players on it.