Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch… which does not have region locks

    
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We had really thought that after the never-updated website finally shut down last year we would be done talking about Phantasy Star Online 2, which at this point is Sega’s never-ending routine of dangling a steak in front of American fans before punching them in the throat. But, see, the game is coming out for the Switch! That matters because there are no region locks on that particular console, so you could easily import it and play it on your American console!

And, of course, you could then be baffled because you presumably don’t speak enough Japanese to muddle through any of the game’s menus or interfaces or dialogue prompts. But the game would run, and it would even never need patches due to running entirely on the cloud. Which is kind of cool, and the sort of things that fans have been hoping for since the title was first announced, released, and then ran for years in Japan. Still, if you want to get your hopes up again, we can’t stop you.

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Utakata

Oh! …and, err…what is Nintendo Switch anyhow? And can I plug it into the back of my computer? o.O

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Michael

So….its the same as it is on PC and PS4? I mean, you will still need to sign up for a Japenese Nintendo account to play it. When it launches, assuming it launches after Nintendo’s online service does, why would US players who do not know Japanese make a Japanese account and sub just to check it out when they are already paying for the US sub? (You will need a sub to play games online) This would make especially no sense as PSO 2 is old as hell and can run on a toaster, so you can already play it now on PC. Not to mention that I am pretty sure that there are English patches created by the community to play it with on PC.

Also why the hell would you want to play a game on the Cloud on another continent?

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Suikoden

No cool Eliot. you tricked me with the hook and then I find out it’s still in Japanese…
Dang it, that would have been such a good fit. I like playing games in English better though.

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Jack Pipsam

Wait, I thought the PS4 doesn’t have region locking either, I don’t think any of them do anymore. And well PC never has truly for games in any meaningful way.
Unless they’re doing some kind of IP blocking thing (which I guess you could use a VPN to get around).

The Japanese is the main issue, I could download the game legally on PC right now if I wanted from their website ( http://pso2.jp/players/manual/setup/pc/ ), even find all the links/account creation stuff with heavy usage of Google Page Translate.

But in-game is the problem. Although I know there was that unofficial English patch, but sadly I think that only worked for the old SEA server right? Although if it does work for Japanese PC version too, that could work. I’d hypothetically have a better ping to Japan than I do any current USA server for an MMO.

EDIT: Did a quick Google, turns out an English patch does exist for the Japanese PC version, I’ll try and give that a shot, see how easy it is to set-up and if it actually works.

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For me, here’s the big take-away: someone (Sega, surprisingly) is basically doing a Nintendo console game with PC cross-over. HOLY MOTHER OF MARIO! Imagine Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Splatoon, Animal Crossing… all those nice console games also being available on PC. *drool*

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Xijit

Technically they already are … you just have to ride a dolphin to get to em.

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Jack Pipsam

Nintendo does seem rather open to it recently. They have cross-play abilities with Rocket League and Minecraft which connect and cross-play with the Xbox One & PC, being one of the few ever cross-console games in recent memory.

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Michael

I would not hold your breath for any Nintendo first party games on PC outside of illegal means.

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Indigo Salma

Well fuck you too SEGA.
Wheres the international PC version huh?

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cursedseishi

Sega continuing to blunder and confuse, next up? Snow is cold. Also bad when there’s too much!

The lack of a region lock for the switch won’t help since there likely won’t be any way to ‘patch’ in the English translation for it–unless we get the option for that sweet, sweet SE Asia Parody Translation when you download it. Even then, the it sounds like the game will be running less than amazing even for their side. Cloud-based gaming, on top of Online? Ouch. And you’ll still need a Sega ID looks like…

I’ll… I think I’ll just stick to Valkyria Chronicles 3 right now. Got that finally, got it patched with its (admittedly rough) English translation patch… All I need from Sega right now! Aside from maybe a proper English release? Even if its just the text, Sega…? Please…?

Maybe the VC4 demo in English at least?

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Zora

Nope, I am -not- going to buy a switch. We don’t do nintendo in this house missy, stop giving me the puppy eyes… no means no.

Wait, am I arguing with myself?

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N Camico

Eh, it’s been out on PC/PS4/Vita for a while now.
If you’re going to play PSO2, you probably don’t want to play a version that has to stream from a host in Japan.
It’ll probably be as jank as that 3DS DQX streaming client was, especially for folks on the other side of the ocean.

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rafael12104

More games, good games, for the Switch. Cool.

This one is going to sell well here. I know many who have been waiting for a real port to the west. Could this be the answer?

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silverlock

No one said anything about a port just not region locked. Also if it’s totally cloud based then you wouldn’t be able to use a fan made English patch even.

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rafael12104

But if it sells world wide? Hmm… we will see. It would be a great opportunity for Nintendo.

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cursedseishi

It’s a free to play game. There is literally nothing to sell aside from the microtransactions–and even then since it is crossplay that doesn’t even guarantee Nintendo will see all of the total sales the game might get off it.

And again, you’re ‘streaming’ the game. It’d be one thing if they set up servers worldwide to support it (they won’t), but playing outside of the JP region already hits you with high ping. It being cloud-based is just compounding that high ping with much worse.

Also, Nintendo has ZERO control over the game. Even if for some reason they wanted it released outside of Japan, it’s entirely Sega’s call. And considering the game’s existence on the PS4 which has been the current king of the generation has done nothing?

Don’t hold your breath.