We’ve waited and waited and waited for SEGA to release Phantasy Star Online 2 in Western territories. Despite telling us multiple times the game is still on its way and has merely been delayed, it’s hard to remain optimistic we’ll ever see an official release in the U.S.
Many hardcore players have simply played the Japanese version and used online translation guides. However, you soon won’t have to as AsiaSoft and PlayPark have licensed the rights to PSO 2 and will release it in South East Asian territories this year. What’s best is some of these territories are English speaking, which means the game will finally be translated into English.
Several of the screens AsiaSoft released feature full English text as well as the game’s official site. According to the Phantasy Star Online Blog, a closed beta is planned for April 4 for one of the non-English speaking territories. There’s no word on whether this will be a PC only release or if it will also be released on the Vita.
While it’s not an official U.S. release, it will serve as an excellent alternative to the Japanese version. In the meantime, one of AsiaSoft’s community manager’s, Dreki, plans to release beta keys for the beta soon, so keep an eye out!