Western Phantasy Star Online 2 fanboys have found another reason to complain about the MMORPG’s nonexistence in the west as it has been announced that the game will be heading to the Switch (but only for Japan), perhaps proving that Sega has completely given up on the western market.

The announcement was unveiled by way of a Nintendo Direct and the YouTube video has been bombarded with a ton of dislikes:

Titled “Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud”, the game is slated to launch for the Switch sometime next year and will be free-to-play – those fluent in Japanese may benefit highly from this release however as the Switch is a region-free console.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    As usual sega hates money. And releasing old games does work. Let's look at old games like LA Noire being released on switch.

    PSO2 would have players in the west. Sega is just fucking retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Okay, have you noticed how the west community reacts to games these days?
    There is no release without some news about SJW or feminists wanting the game to be modified or banned!
    Because the characters are too sexy, or racist etc !!

    Not new, the censorship in USA is old, but now it joins 10 hysterical feminists in a stupid facebook group and the game is banned!

    Which company would risk losing money in a lawsuit?
    Ever seen the amount of money in a process with large companies?

    Who is retarded?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You, because maybe you dont know about Senran kagura series, thats games is full of the things to feminazis hate but they released all his games for western and for multiconsole, the creator and the companys behind of senran kagura DONT FUCKING CARE about feminazis and censorship because they have BALLS and never left to others try to censor or banned his games, the true here KID is to many companys persist in his stupids old ideas to only exist asia, and the rest of the world is full of dragons and dwarfs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, calm down. It's not like noone can play the PC port of PSO2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh....? Is this what the retards that bought the Switch "BECAUSE ZELDA, WHO CARES WHAT ELSE!! ZELDAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" are telling themselves lately?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    you probably wouldnt know its probably about the censorship. you know some people like what they have created and dont want to change it just for some pocket change

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol even tekken 7 had to have alot cut out

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    Comment by mike
    20:38 14/09/2017 # ! Good (+0.4)

    sega fears will bomb like gamecube pso1
    even if the reason it bombed for more nintendos fault

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:32 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or they realize that the series is worthless in the west and that shit like the psp releases where just not worth it.

    #1 selling game that dominates the charts and sells 8 million copies for both 1/2 of universe in Japan.

    In the west it was more like a total of 800,000 across all regions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    PSO Episodes 1 & 2 didn't bomb. They sold quite a lot of modems for the Gamecube because of it too. And they brought PSO Episode 3 over.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:08 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why even waste time with this on switch? Mario players and hipsters don't care about these games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could easily made it available to another platform (ie smartphone) cus the cloud streaming nature of the client

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I stopped playing long time ago.. boring stuff

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 17/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dying game wants new players. Apply within!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 16/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    People are angry with this move that SEGA did is because they played PSO2 on the PC and seen the English patch was only 90% done. Better get back to playing PSO2 with the "zero" playerbase that people think this game has.

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    Comment by jr240483
    17:45 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    uh...... thats been morw than obvious since dreamcast died. unless its sonic or another popular series like vanquish, sega have pretty much abandoned the US market. soon enough nintendo will follow suit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


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    00:30 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sega Japan and Sega US have been visibly incapable of cooperation since the development of the Mega CD/Sega CD.

    The Japanese have never forgiven the West for the success of the Genesis compared to the unflattering performance of JP Megadrive sales.

    It's been an internal shitshow ever since.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    weebing (read: weeping) :v

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because fuck it's fucking Sega, that's why.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol cloud client.. not native

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah streaming crap, wtf.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    One more reason to hate SEGA for still not having ported to game to the west, despite promising it multiple times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well SEGA hates the US, so I guess it works out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course Sega has given up on the west. You don't release a five year old game into a market that is saturated with Destiny, Guild Wars 2 (which came out the same year and is infinitely better) and WoW (yes, STILL relevant). Is still the same explanation as it was 5 years ago. Their game is just not good enough to compete.

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    Comment by Ifr22k
    19:17 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Having tried it on and off, I'm inclined to agree. I'm not entirely sure localization costs + licensing costs (particularly for collaborations) and the logistics and issues of having a dedicated support staff would be worth it at this point.

    If they'd struck while the iron was hot and released it when they said they would, and kept up support with constant updates and brought over the collaborations and advertised them well in the places anime fans go, then it might have been a different story.

    However, at this point, with other MMO's and "Shared World" games like Destiny 2 out and going strong, PSO2 with it's PS3-era graphics and technology and complicated (by western standards) item leveling and power-up system probably wouldn't make enough revenue.

    Add to that the issue that it's been so long by this point that a lot of western players already are playing on the JP servers AND paying money, so Sega probably doesn't want to split up the western fanbase, many of whom are already earning them revenue.

    Back when I played, I spent money (using PSO2es on a phone) reasonably often, and was never banned for either playing or buying AC and spending it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    'Their game is just not good enough to compete' I can say same about steam and almost all western games in Japan :)

    Its not about Sega. All japan companies have given up on the west (some partialy, others completely). But thats how business works. If something fails to be profitable enough, throw it away.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, right, all japanese companies have given up on the west. That's why Namco makes more money with games in the west in japan than on steam, that's why stuff like Super Robot Wars gets english translations now, that's why Legend of Heroes games get translated on ported to pc, that's why literally every big japanese game comes to the west now. They make more money here than they could ever make in japan, you fool!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    "They make more money here than they could ever make in japan" Will you stop talking nonsense? :D No one even cares about those ever-discounted steam sales in Japan. Collector editions, limited goods, manga, animation blue-rays, ranobe, figurines, and lots of other "associated goods" make real profits. And west literally doesn't see that stuff. Out of 5 games, one is translated with shitty VA and senseless censorship. "Legend of Heroes games get translated"? Took them 10 fckn years though :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Capcom makes Monster Hunter so please stop embarrassing yourself

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bandai Namco cares so much there's quite a few Monster Hunter games unreleased in English ;).

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    As everyone else already mentioned, bamco doesnt even translate most of its games. Also your statement about someone, making more money in the west than in Japan is laughable. Forget about miserable steam sales. No one cares about that ever-discounted shit. Collector's editions, limited goods, manga, ranobe, figurines, and hell of other 'associated goods' make real profit. West doesnt get most of this. So, yep, stop embarrassing yourself :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    D'oh. My bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember, Asiasoft is the reason why PSO2 JP implemented an IP Ban in the first place.

    And now PSO2 SEA has been shut down because Asiasoft are a bunch of strawberries, and jacking up prices. And the IP Ban is still in effect.

    If any of you want to blame, blame Asiasoft instead of SEGA.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 14/09/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sure Mr. White Knight, because small small Sega worth just a tiny billion dollars can't do anything against a company that runs a few shitty mobile games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are budget allocations and PSO2 has its own within SEGA but a signed paper is still a signed paper. An aged game like PSO2 will only suffer and the community isn't that exactly huge that SEGA can reliably lean on them when they move out of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually the IP ban was reactionary to the DDOS attacks that happened in 2014. They eased it though as things went on.

    By the way what Sega did banning SEA countries from the Japanese PSO2 after it got licensed is likely a contractual issue. They signed a deal with that provider to offer the game to SEA countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 17/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The DDOS thing is a completely separate incident from banning SEA.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's why Capcom took their idea and is doing much better. If they stuck with it, we'd be playing Phantasy Star Online instead of Monster Hunter. Sega doesn't grow their ip, they just ruin it so other companies can do it better, they're ruining Valkyria Chronicles right now. Fuck sega.

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    Comment by Siveria
    06:41 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mostly because they know the western community will just hack the game and end up causing it to close like PSU did, the pc version of it went under due to hackers stealing peoples stuff enmasse, alot of the victims just quit entirely, and eventually it was such a ghost town they just shut it down, the x360 version lasted a bit longer though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    So they are imcopetents to deal to hackers?? lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    hacks, cheats lot of shit.. that's why they block gaijin in one fell swoop, instead playing cat and mouse game. People in japan won't cheat, cus they can get jail time for "hacking" online game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    or western market is not profitable enough to bother with all that competence, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 17/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    PSO2 already got hacked to shit 5 years ago and it's still going.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just play with the fucking tweaker already, it's translated and fully fonctional, sega knows and won't ban you for it either. Babies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's not 100% translated, and some of the translation are not accurate. that is one of the major issues people have with it not coming to the west

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    Comment by Ekam
    03:39 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Sega has completely given up on the western market."
    With all the SJW bitching around, SEGA would have a lot to fight against just to keep the game running normally

    Or would have to surrender and re-make a lot of thing which would also make the players angry

    Just the translation would suffice, keeping all the servers in the east they would still get more public to play, but seems like that wont happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 15/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cus there are too many foreigners using cheats, that's why they added region lock in the first place. In japan, you get jailtime "hacking" online games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 17/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Region lock in what? PSO2? You can still play it from most places outside of Japan. They already banned most of the blatant cheaters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 17/09/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    JP friends agree that the primary reason PSO2 isn't going to the West is very likely because of SJWs bitching about all the sexy outfits. They don't want to deal with that bullshit.

    Go to any of the PSO2 English forums and they're already always bitching about the females showing too much skin.

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