Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis drives SEGA profits in Q2 2021

    
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Despite falling off the radar due to how much has happened in the MMORPG space this summer, Phantasy Star Online 2’s New Genesis re-launch proved to be a financial boon for parent company SEGA. The studio posted its Q2 2021 financials, noting that the MMO “strongly performed” during this quarter as its number two top earner.

Overall, Phantasy Star Online 2 has done far better than you may realize. Games Industry reports that since 2012, the MMO has brought in $913 million for SEGA and wracked up over nine million registered players. Of those, a majority live in Japan (where the game has been live far longer than in the west), which makes up 6.5 million of that total. To top this off, in June 2021, PSO2 saw its biggest monthly active user count to date.

SEGA made $450 million in the second quarter of this year that ended on June 30th.

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T

PSO2:NG was that successful? Huh… Ah well, I had to quit. Something about the game was literally hurting my eyes and giving me migraines. Nothing I could adjust in the graphics settings fixed that, so I just uninstalled it.

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Dankey Kang

Would probably have been a lot higher if Sega had ported PSO2 to the west 8 years ago.

As for NGS, I love the game and it is the MMO leader in a number of areas, such as combat and character visual customisation; but it really needs more content and some better gameplay loops if they’re to have any chance of sustaining that income.

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Yangers

Awesome! Now they have the money to give the game some actual content. /s

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squid

the MMO has brought in $913 million for SEGA and wracked up over nine million registered players.

So about $100 per player? For PSO2NG? That’s…surprising. I seem to recall there not really being much of a game there. Big improvement over PSO2, but severely lacking in actual content.

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Vanquesse V

There’s some weird things going on in that sentence. I looked into it:

913$ mil is how much PSO2+NG has made globally since 2012, but the 9mil and 6.5mil player numbers are how many people have tried out NG since June world wide vs JP.
All of SEGA had a Q2 Net sales of 540$ mil (including ufo catcher games, gambling, resorts etc)

I couldn’t find solid info on PSO2 lifetime registered users or similar.

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Bruno Brito

I feel like this won’t sustain. PSO2NG is EXTREMELY barebones. The game lacks a lot of things, and it’s overall a open world borefest as of right now. Class building is also way more shallow than it was in PSO2. Also, the game has a huge issue with moneygrabs.

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wjowski

Cool. Does this mean they’ll finish it?

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Jeremy Barnes

Yes, but they won’t release the finished game in the west until 2030 for no good reason.