Friday July 13, 2012 02:36

Phantasy Star Producer, Satoshi Sakai, Addresses his Foreign Fans

Posted by Ricardo

Updated!

There is an extremely long interview posted on 4Gamer, but near the end, it seems Sakai has been watching the international Phantasy Star community for quite some time.

  • Basically each area will have its own separate server. They plan to have Europe and North America share the same server.
  • They are also eying on expanding into other parts of Asia, but it’s not at a stage where it can be talked about as of yet.
  • Since the laws of handling cash items is different in each country, it’s difficult for them to have everyone share the same server.
  • Since game culturalization will be necessary, there may be some changes to the game’s contents to reflect each nation. (PSUBLOG Comment: Find the list of seasonal lobbies that were data-mined a while back.)
  • Was shocked at how quickly the Character Creation demo was completely translated into English through a mod.
  • His official blog entries are translated overnight too. (Who would do such a thing?)
  • New weapon categories and new classes are coming together. He thinks they’ll make it so that the weapon categories could be used by 2 classes, however, all classes will continue to use the Gunslash.

Aside from that, other tidbits from the interview include:

  • PSO2 started development back in 2008, back then they were discussing whether the title should be PSO2 or PSU2.
  • They basically decided upon the cross platform play concept back in 2010.
  • The development progress for the PlayStation Vita and Smartphone versions are currently underway, but it’s not at a level which they can show you yet. You should wait around TGS for more information about those versions.
  • The Free 2 Play model was decided upon since the beginning.
  • Were a bit worried that people wouldn’t like meeting unknown players in multi-party areas, but the reception so far has been mostly favorable.
  • The highest amount of characters that can be created on each ship is around 2x the maximum number of concurrent connections.

 

 What Game Culturalization Means For You?

Though this section is sort of speculating, we can piece together the puzzle left by Sakai.

In the 4Gamer interview, Sakai mentioned that contents specifically produced for overseas audiences could be re-imported back into the Japanese version. Back in March, Shougai talked to Sakai about the international version of PSO2, during that time, they didn’t publicly announce whether it was coming overseas. According to Shougai, Sakai (not speaking officially) said that if they do release the game overseas, they’d have to consider implementing new components and make some adjustments to suit the needs of each nation. He gave an example where he’d have to develop additional parts for darker skin tones in Character Creation, etc.

Another example of this Culturalization was back when he brought the Hangul translated version of PSO2 to a Korean gaming show. He mentioned in an interview how they wouldn’t implement a PVP mode initially at launch due to low demand. Though, if they decided on actually starting a Korean version of PSO2, they’d certainly consider adding it into the game.

 

 Blog Updates

  • Next week, he will reopen character creation.
  • Since there were so many maintenances, players who purchased the premium set (or items that expire in 30 days or more) felt they lost out on time utilizing such services. Sakai plans to respond to this in the future.
  • There is now a new clause to the Terms of Service that asks those who discovered bugs or any major flaws to report them to the administration team instead of releasing it to the public.
  • Posting major flaws and cheats to external sites including twitter and video hosting sites violates their Terms of Service. Again, please report them to the administration team.
  • Bikini Costumes are coming up soon in Scratch. (Rejoice!!)

 

FUN Scratch Content Rotation

Items available in the FUN Scratch will be rotated periodically. The following items will be removed from the FUN Scratch on July 18th, 2012.

  • オールバック All Back
  • メイドカチューシャ Maid Katyusha (Maid Headband)
  • ナースキャップ Nurse Cap
  • ウエディングケーキ  Wedding Cake
  • 追加ロビーアクション01 Additional Lobby Action 01 “Entrust”
  • 追加ロビーアクション02 Additional Lobby Action 02 “Shake Head”
  • 追加ロビーアクション04 Additional Lobby Action 04 “Delighted”
  • 追加ロビーアクション16  Additional Lobby Action 16 “Bed”

 

[via psblog]

A Deluxe Size August?

mw in August?

In April, Sega held a character creation contest, the winner would have their very own character in the game. In an interview inside the July issue of Dengeki PlayStation, Sakai hinted that a character would appear in the lobby to deliver client orders.  During the month, if you clear all of their client orders, you’ll receive a special item (details unknown).

80 Responses to Phantasy Star Producer, Satoshi Sakai, Addresses his Foreign Fans

chibi

July 12th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

So this is the end of ps2 outside of japan.It will psu all over again.Same server,same rules

Takatsuki

July 13th, 2012 at 12:06 am

I just wish that we could somehow ask them to allow us to port our characters from the Japanese servers to the English servers. Maybe it would be a one-time thing, like, you could only make one transfer and if you wanted to go back to the Japanese server for whatever reason, it wouldn't let you.

Kane Fire Blade

July 13th, 2012 at 12:13 am

Well there we go its confirmed we will have a watered down version of PSO2 that will be slowly updated and fall years behind woot

AHaA5

July 13th, 2012 at 1:19 am

ya but whoever do such have my appreciation ^^ cuz i only know katakana, a few kanjis and tiny bit of grammar.

Zeota

July 13th, 2012 at 3:11 am

Well, this pretty much seals it for me.

JP4life!

E

July 13th, 2012 at 3:15 am

"His official blog entries are translated overnight too. (Who would do such a thing?)"

That made me chuckle a bit hehe.

Hisuiren

July 13th, 2012 at 3:38 am

Well, looks like I'm sticking with the Japanese version until the end. Such a shame, but so be it.

KARoB-117

July 13th, 2012 at 4:32 am

Since I live in China, I'm going to stick to the Japanese servers. I'll probably only play the NA/EU servers if my brothers get into it.

Meji

July 13th, 2012 at 4:40 am

Thanks for always making such lovely news updates! <3

Maybe I should stock up on the lobby actions before they expire?

M3rror

July 13th, 2012 at 4:58 am

*sigh* should of seen that one coming. Oh well, JP it is again. I don't care how fast NA/EU gets content, waiting potentially 6+ months to play a game in english when I already understand it for the most part is not ideal. By then who knows where my characters will be.

But their reasoning, that cash shop laws are different for each region, is poor. The Arks Shop looks and handles just the same as Team Fortress 2's shop, and that's cross regional.

lcronovt

July 13th, 2012 at 5:41 am

I'm gonna stay in jp, eventually we would get a english patch.

Anonymous

July 13th, 2012 at 6:08 am

Culturalization. No thanks. If anything, they'd use it as an excuse for slow updates. And personally I'm more comfortable with Japanese culture and would like to play the original for what it is. Especially with its awesome seiyuu lineup.

カルチャライズとかいらねいよ。PSO2を気に入る奴は日本(萌)文化好きなタイプなんだから、無駄しないでください。「カルチャライズ!」 → BF3になってしま(ry

まずはセキュリティを強固、素人プログラマ全員クビにしろ!!

KanpekiJan

July 13th, 2012 at 7:11 am

Yep, I'll stay on the Japanese servers. Delay and lag for us Europeans is about just as bad on a server located in the US as it is on a server located in Japan. Then there's the culturalization-crap. Again, no thanks, I'm more interested in seeing things inspired by Japanese culture than American culture. And then there's the seiyuu line-up, which I don't want to miss out on. The only thing I'll be on the US servers for will be to play through the story once.

In the end us Europeans get screwed over anyway, so might as well stay on the better servers…

psokid

July 13th, 2012 at 7:30 am

You guys are all focusing on the wrong parts of this post, did i hear bikini costumes!? :) jk

Again I'll say that interview was very interesting as i read through the whole thing it really showed where they were coming from, and gave some interesting information.

pso2love

July 13th, 2012 at 8:07 am

As muck as I admire Sakai for finally announcing separate servers, this means we will be taking a great risk with Soa/Soe and how they keep up with the updates from Japan. 6 months is still to long.

I swear, if SEGA pulls a ME3 on us… I can't think about this right now… Got to have faith…

pso2love

July 13th, 2012 at 8:08 am

*much

pso2love

July 13th, 2012 at 8:21 am

Ok fine. Let's say I am content on waiting.

2 questions

Will we get all content from Jpn servers into the west server?

Will Soa/Soe set reasonable prices for arks cash?

pso2love

July 13th, 2012 at 8:21 am

And will we see vita, ios android versions in the west?

Mazarushi

July 13th, 2012 at 8:48 am

Pfft I'm not going anywhere. You guys can keep all that "we'll skip these two and give them this one, skip these two and give them this one" crap. Wasting their time releasing it here, nobody who really gives a damn is going anywhere besides to understand the menu's and story (if it's not already translated). GG.

Robert

July 13th, 2012 at 9:15 am

does anyone know what each of these represents?

追加ロビーアクション01 Additional Lobby Action 01

追加ロビーアクション02 Additional Lobby Action 02

追加ロビーアクション04 Additional Lobby Action 04

追加ロビーアクション16 Additional Lobby Action 16

Anonymous

July 13th, 2012 at 11:05 am

I hope that pic is just fanservice and they have male bikinis, too.

You know, for gender equality. >-> *cough*

Ricardo

July 13th, 2012 at 11:07 am

Yes I'm all for gender equality!

-Z-

July 13th, 2012 at 11:32 am

"culturalization"… so that's what they call butcherous hackjob localizations these days? you know, when they strip out a work's soul and replace it with obnoxious cross-cultural assumptions?

Tyler

July 13th, 2012 at 11:54 am

how do i use the extra action lobby things i got one dont no how to do the action

Ricardo

July 13th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

use the middle mouse button to access the quick menu and press the second entry to access lobby actions

djecliptik

July 13th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Is it true that when the leader of a party disconnects, everyone disconnects from the party? This happened to me just now, and I don't know what to make of it… I hope this isn't intentional… >.<

Some guy

July 13th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Guess I'm the only one still looking forward to the western release then, mostly because all my bro will be playing it. The way I see it, 2013's looking real good in the games department, too good to lament on things like separate servers, game culturalization or whatever. At the end of the day this is a f2p game, so I have nothing to lose here since sinking money into the game is purely optional. Should SEGA pull the same nonsense with the updates like they did with PSU, there's a large batch of games just waitin' for me to play them. IMO PSO2's' just a treat between the full course meals of the glorious incoming year.

Anonymous

July 13th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I don't see why this would put so many off the eu/na edition? Where does it say it will be watered down, except for some cultural content that might be cut?

Miijhal

July 13th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I'm holding out hope for the US/EU servers. I can understand being doubtful after PSO:BB and PSU, but the situation at SoA and SoE are a lot different than they were before.

Remember, they're in a pretty bad position right now and if this doesn't pan out well, they're going to have a ton of angry investors breathing down their necks.

Sakai also seems really dedicated to the game right now. So for now, I'm holding out hope for the US/EU server. If they manage it right, they'll have a good thing going and some dedicated fans like myself who are more than willing to sink some cash into it.

Zo614

July 13th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Bikinis?! *ignores the rest of the announcement*

Keiji

July 13th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

History's on the side of slow updates. Sorry to be a 'downer' but this is mostly due to prioritization of Japan's events and that SEGA of America had to wait for the translation from SEGA of Japan.

People have wanted SoA or some sort of dedicated team for the NA/EU region to get the event assets to translate or manage concurrently or faster, but it was always up to SoJ and whenever they were ready to turn their attention to us. That and SoA probably doesn't have a 'team' to do those things like localize or program or what not.

That said, I guess this is another chance for western fans to show that we 'matter.' Conversely its also another chance for the SEGA to show us we don't…

All I know is I will end up playing this game, one way or another.

Ryo

July 14th, 2012 at 4:32 am

Please keep in mind that PSU for instance was linked with the playstation 2 servers. This is one of the main reason for delayed updates and stuff for PSU, simply because the playstation 2 didnt have a hard drive to save big updates on. Ths will most likely not be a problem now since both the vita and that other thing(forgot the name) has alot of memory.

I'm looking forward to the western release with a EU/US server so i can play with my crossatlantic friends. What annoys me is the fact that people are so cynical about the western release, when we truly should celebrate for finally getting it, after all this begging.

Weird Oregonian

July 14th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Yay English in the visiphone shop thing! Eh, who needs bikinis when there are robots? In tuxedos! Also, let's hope the Europeans don't mind crazy United States people on their servers.

Sine

July 14th, 2012 at 11:40 am

Hmm, I'll be staying on the Japanese servers.

It'll be treated better by SEGA, and it's good practice for my Japanese skills.

Besides, it's run by Japanese people.

HithimThere

July 14th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

オールバック All Back <–does anyone know what that is? sorry for the bother =x

doublerainbowguy

July 15th, 2012 at 8:48 am

Game Culturalization all the way across the sky… what does this mean?

djecliptik

July 15th, 2012 at 8:50 am

not to be a nag, but does anybody know the answer to my previous question listed above in the comments here?

NotAWeeaboo

July 15th, 2012 at 8:53 am

So I'm justgoing to wait for a version i can read. Why? I'm not a weeaboo. It's cool if you are, I'm not bashing ya, but i would rather understand what's going on.

BenoitRen

July 15th, 2012 at 9:44 am

"Please keep in mind that PSU for instance was linked with the playstation 2 servers. This is one of the main reason for delayed updates and stuff for PSU, simply because the playstation 2 didnt have a hard drive to save big updates on."

Nonsense. The Japanese also had a PlayStation 2 version to bother with. Also, most 'updates' were really just missions that were downloaded on-the-fly and unlocked content that was already available on the disc.

-Z-

July 15th, 2012 at 9:53 am

"In the 4Gamer interview, Sakai mentioned that contents specifically produced for overseas audiences could be re-imported back into the Japanese version."

which is to say that the rest of the world gets shafted out of content but the home version gets the few good bits of stuff created for the other versions. typical; us dirty foreigners obviously can't understand japanese culture but they can totally understand ours. *eyeroll*

"He gave an example where he’d have to develop additional parts for darker skin tones in Character Creation, etc."

….darker? what, all the way to coal black? the darkest tones already there are on par with the darkest skintones I've encountered in the real world.

>adding PVP garbage to suit the koreans

that'd probably be a bad idea. then the game would be clogged with all manner of "if the game has PVP at all then the whole point of the game is PVP" retards. and then any game balance would be obliterated to shut up the whining PVPtards who can't cope with anything that disagrees with their One True Build, and it's all downhill from there.

Ryo

July 15th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

"Also, most ‘updates’ were really just missions that were downloaded on-the-fly and unlocked content that was already available on the disc."

Makes sense then that the only big update PSU ever received was on a standalone disc called Aoti.

I'd also think that managing updates for a server that has the purpose of serving a single country, is easier than one that spans two continents.

pso2love

July 15th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

@ -Z- exactly

Mazarushi

July 15th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

It's all just dumb. Do yourselves a favor and treat July 4th as official launch day. I was on PSU from open to close (missed firebreak though) and it was sad. It was sad watching us fall behind from 30 days to over a year by time it closed. Ice event? Never got it. Supplemental Update? Never existed. Maximum Attack G? Took months. M.A.G+? Finally gave it to us OH YEAH WOO by the way we're shutting you down after YEAH WOO!!

Tell you whats gonna happen: We'll bitch for the big things, we may or may not get them, and they'll use Edward as a meat shield like they did last time, poor guy. The man had cartoon drawing POSTED IN THE OFFICIAL FORUMS of him telling Sega's lies and then getting ramshacked for it like a before / after scene (though they were very funny). Telling you, just roll with the JP and save yourself the disappointment.

Soren

July 15th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Really?

All this whining about slow updates and what have you? Grow the fuzz up. Until I see otherwise, I'm going to put my faith in Sega. Word on the street is that Sakai has been 'watching the international PS community' for some time now. With the abundance of rage and butthurt over the handling of PSU clogging up the internet, would it not be a logical step for them to NOT do that with PSO2? I'm betting they've learned their lesson.

Sega didn't have to do a global release, and I for one and damn happy that they did, but if everyone they're trying to appeal to just shoots them the bird and stays on the JP servers, what's the point? I'm not saying we forgive them the trespasses of PSU, but holy crap, guys, save your rage for AFTER the release? The game hasn't even come out yet and you already vehemently hate it. It boggles the mind.

kline talladen

July 16th, 2012 at 12:38 am

the way i see it, some of the content that's available in PSO2 japan might end up getting censored/thrown out of the other "localized" versions, since it may hurt their sensibilities.

to quote someone in the pso world forums:

NA/EU: Blood? that's fine! Violence and Gore? That's okay, too! OMFG is that a half naked woman!? is that their armor!? OMG breast physics!? that's sick! no, we can't have our children play that.

RePhil: A game about war? that's okay. a fantasy world? alright. Wait! Is that character practicing witchcraft? Oh, sorry. That won't do! we don't want our catholic children playing games with devils.

…and that's just one topic that may come up. There's also "lost-in-translation" dialogues, watered down events that may not even reach the other localized versions of the game (or they think we won't appreciate it without even giving it to us to test anyway)

so yeah… I think I'll register and stay in the .jp server. Might as well learn the language while i'm at it… until they decide to IP block us when the EU/NA servers come out.

Ricardo

July 16th, 2012 at 3:46 am

@djecliptik, It shouldn't but I haven't tested it out yet. It's supposed to work like PSU where it picks the next person in line to be leader.

Ricardo

July 16th, 2012 at 4:17 am

@doublerainbowguy

Game Culturalization is the process of adapting the game's universe into something the targeted audience can familiarize with.

For example:

Translation: ツインテール > Twin Tail

Localization: Twin Tail > Pigtails

Culturalization : Doo-Doo > Donny

You can add pop cultural references, memes, and catch phrases that weren't in the original Japanese version. It is to make the average "NA/EU" gamer feel as if they aren't playing a Japanese game at all. One such case of alienation is White Day, only those who have a slight interest in Japanese culture would know the meaning of that day. The rest of the average English population could ask something obnoxious like, "White Day? Is that a day for white people?" The seasonal lobbies discovered in the data show a Fourth of July lobby or Chuseok, a Korean holiday which I'm sure most of us have no clue what it's about.

Ricardo

July 16th, 2012 at 4:21 am

@-Z- He's not talking about making your skin really dark. He's talking about making facial features and parts that fit with darker skin tones. As it stands now, you can't make a "black character" by simply moving the skintone slider all the way down.

Ryo

July 16th, 2012 at 4:38 am

@Ricardo.

Well said, I for instance only know of "white day" from the zetsubou sensei manga, which is heavily directed toward the japanese society(like 30 pages at the back of the first few volumes explaining the jokes used.) So u chose a good example ;D Also a joke is less funny when you need it explained to you.

Shazza Azurite

July 16th, 2012 at 5:46 am

to support Sakai & SoA, I plan on getting the localized release of pso2….yet I'm not abandoning the Japan counterpart by any means.

one additional chara for an all English server.

in terms of pvp, this is a foolish move if decided upon. certain games need to remain as pve due to the massive rebalancing issues that will arise.

Zeo

July 16th, 2012 at 6:44 am

Since theres no information about who to contact for glitches, when in my room, each time I return, all the items placed on tables are turned to the outside of the house. Only in the far right room, and only 1×1 items on tables. Its just a bother.

KamenRiderNixa

July 16th, 2012 at 7:01 am

I'm no longer able to even log in, I keep getting an error 242. Are we excluded already?

djecliptik

July 16th, 2012 at 10:42 am

@Soren

We want to make absolutely sure that we, the fans, convey to SEGA, that we mean business when it comes to how they will bring over PSO2 to the west. There is no telling how many times I slammed their SEGA fb page with the petition to bring PSO2 west… Funny thing is, the first time I shared it with SEGA, was on June 9th 2012… Exactly One month later?

They announce the western release. Coincidence? O.O

@Ricardo

I really hope its not like it is in Vindictus. The leader hosts the instance by their own bandwidth, and if they d/c, it ruins it for everyone else in the party.

I was prepared to get a vita for Christmas in hopes that PSO2 west would get the vita version not to far away form then. Hopefully, they are working on bringing all the versions here as well, just not the pc version.

-Z-

July 16th, 2012 at 11:31 am

@ricardo

well duh. a black person isn't just a skintone. however, there's facial morphing stuff to deal with that. which is already there, you know? just because some people are lazy and won't bother putting the tools to use…

Mazarushi

July 16th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

@ -Z-

That's exactly what I was thinking like…dude it's really not that hard. I'm black, my guy came out great. During the alpha the dark tones were absolutely horrid. I'm fair skinned (like an almond) but they didn't have that. You were either really dark, yellow-ish brown, or almost white. That got fixed, what else is there lol.

Nilok

July 16th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Yeah I don't get it. I'm mixed and the same color as Maz and I felt that the facial structuring was maybe TOO robust and had too much to play with so most people wouldn't want to mess with in for fear of making another demon's souls horror show.

if anything they need to have some hair styles for black people. like shorter curly hair rather than afros for life. I mean…they still don't have BALD as an option. Lets work on THAT first.

Renvalt

July 16th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

@Kline – That's one of the biggest problems of today's society. Religious nuts feel like they can regulate every part of society, from what you can eat, to what hobbies you can pursue – hell, they can even tell you how many times you're allowed to have sex and say that "you can only hump each other to make a child – nothing more".

It appalls me how religion trumps common sense over here in the States – and I've lived here for my entire life, so I should know full well what I'm going on about. That's why you get all this censored shit – the right wing feels like we can't handle it without becoming gangsta thugs that bust a cap in summa's a$$ and get high off da weed and shiz.

But y'know, not everyone's like that. It's just the few who ARE somehow manage to have enough power to make the rules. How, I have no friggin idea.

psokid

July 16th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

So uh… who here google'd "White Day" after Ricardo mentioned it? It is a very interesting tradition.

Anyway, i'm overall excited for the NA/EU release. Even if I have to start over, and the culture shock is a bit different, for me it's an opportunity to get my younger siblings into a game that I loved as a child. Because right now they have a hard time reading as it is, but trying to learn Japanese without proper instruction would just be crazy. So if i can get them to feel the same love for PSO that I did when I was young, then this game will have done it's job for me.

So besides all of the other nonsense that everyone seems to be worried about, lets just remember this game is supposed to be something fun at it's core. :)

Renvalt

July 16th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

@psokid – Wow. After looking up White Day on Google, I have to now ask myself: Why is it that America doesn't celebrate something like this?

And then I remembered something: Good numbers of men in America treat women like shit. Not saying they all do, but y'know….

Anyways, I too am having a positive outlook on PSO2 coming stateside. All those who declare they'll stay on the JP version are just butthurt, and may even be pissed off if Japan decides to IP Block us AFTER the release (which I believe they would do).

In turn, a group of hacker kiddies, named the "Operation America Is Bitch" would hack and sabotage the JP version (a la Ragnarok's switch to P2P back in the day) because they feel so butthurt over this that they can't accept a fresh start (and probably can't handle not having uber power over everyone) like the Niegerschtats they are.

Please do ignore that last paragraph though – I hate talking with a heavy conscience filled with fury and hate.

djecliptik

July 17th, 2012 at 7:47 am

@psokid

" So uh… who here google’d “White Day” after Ricardo mentioned it? It is a very interesting tradition.

Anyway, i’m overall excited for the NA/EU release. Even if I have to start over, and the culture shock is a bit different, for me it’s an opportunity to get my younger siblings into a game that I loved as a child. Because right now they have a hard time reading as it is, but trying to learn Japanese without proper instruction would just be crazy. So if i can get them to feel the same love for PSO that I did when I was young, then this game will have done it’s job for me.

So besides all of the other nonsense that everyone seems to be worried about, lets just remember this game is supposed to be something fun at it’s core."

I agree, White day should be an eye-opener here in the states. :)

My concern for the western version is the same as yours bro… I too wish the new generation of gamers, young and old, would get to experience the world of PSO like we did when we were younger.

I have no doubts that this game will be fun. I have plans to get all my friends into it… You know, to get them out of the whole WoW/GW2 THING…XD quite possibly the greatest game I will ever play. It's PSO2, it's f2p, hopefully we will have the vita version and the smartphone versions as well. Heck, I even made a custom PSO2 tshirt to wear when I play my gigs from city to city to help spread the word about this game.

I just hope and pray we don't get shafted with this version coming west.

Nilok

July 17th, 2012 at 8:26 am

@Renvalt: Butthurt about what exactly? I really wanted to see a US release of this game, but after thinking about it, I realized that in every iteration of the PSO series, the US servers get closed down years before the JP servers. why would I want to invest in a game that comes out later and closes down sooner? Maybe I just want to play the game without having to jump from JP to US when the US servers come up and from US to JP when the US servers close. if they''l allow me to migrate my characters over and back with the changing times, I'm more than happy to ove to the US servers. But seeing as I'll have multiple characters at or around lvl 50 before the game hits our shores, it seems silly to wait and even sillier to start over.

RAiN

July 17th, 2012 at 9:33 am

Personally, I'm more baffled that they are going to include a 4th of July lobby, at least White Day is not just Japanese, it's an Asian tradition, 4th of July alienates the rest of the Americas.

But then again, Americans are completely bastards in regards to the rest of the world, so it's pointless to comment.

Renvalt

July 17th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

@DJ – White Day SHOULD be an eye opener. Especially since at present, the states are no more than the "Empire of White Hate Smith Soldiers" who treat anyone who ain't white, ain't Christian, ain't straight, and ain't a man with the "Burn On Cross Execution" death penalty. Need proof? Boy Scouts just reaffirmed that gays are forever banned.

And gamers these days are no more than little brats feeding the corporate geezers who've lost the meaning of what made the industry in the first place. I really hope PSO2 helps kill the notion that gaming "is all about da Warcraftz and da Callz of Dooteh!"

I mean, the best FPS games back in the day were Doom, Heretic (prequel to Hexen), and Marathon (FPS made by the guys behind Halo). Anyone remember Realmz? Escape Velocity (not to be confused with Terminal Velocity, which is also an awesome game)?

SEGA also killed a fan attempt at a Bare Knuckle/Streets of Rage remake attempt. It still flourishes in Mr. X's underground market of the internet, but SEGA basically said "No, this game is dead. And you are our cash slaves, gaijin-kak"

@RAiN – I'm miffed too. 4th of July is another insult from behind the butt not just because of how exclusive it is to the States, but also it happens to be PSO2 JP's anniversary. That's like "kicking a man while he's down" sort of mentality. It's like they're sticking their tongues at us while saying "Gib 2 oos all ur muniez". It's just pathetic.

Ryo

July 17th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

In my opinion, a game should have a lore in which They could use to make certain festivals and stuff. I dont know if relevant, but the zon festival on PSU might be something like that?

Sometimes holidays and christmas events seems a bit forced into certain game lores, which makes me feel aliaenated. honestly, I prefer to indulge myself into the game world, ethnicity and where you are from shouldnt be a concern when playing the character you created in the game. Also i'm usually busy during real life events and such.

Renvalt

July 17th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

@Ryo – I agree. However, a certain army of religious zealots that controls the media industry right now might disagree with you…..

Blaze

July 17th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Oh by why do these comments look like pso-world threads lol. Whats with the 12yr like comments and rage flying around?

Nibelungenlied

July 17th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I really don't see what the big issue here is. If you're staying on the JP version, do it. If you plan on switching to the NA/EU release, wait for it. Don't sit here and argue trying to flash your epeen around and covert people to your version.

I personally will be sticking with the JP version (if they allow it), but that has more to do with the community than anything else.

psokid

July 17th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Yo Renvalt relax man and quit bunching people into categories. :) I'm a high level too and i don't seem so bad right? Maybe hook up with my members at team Dai Gurren and you will see the good side of this game. We're dedicated to helping everyone no matter what.

Also getting this back on track, whats up with the big bit… Woman at the bottom of this post now? Is she coming in tonight's update?

Ricardo

July 17th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

No she's planned to come sometime in August.

Some of the comments within this post are of extremely poor quality. Some comments will be moderated.

psokid

July 17th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Ah yeah I know, saw that earlier. I was just trying to get this discussion onto a different topic.

I hope nothing said has upset you Ricardo. :)

Renvalt

July 17th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Sorry about the ruckus I caused. I lost control – I knew better and let my hot head get a hold of me.

@psokid – Sorry. I've been put down by uber high levels before – my statements were an instinctual reaction to when Nilok said "minority". I seriously dislike being picked on because of my tastes in gaming.

I don't mind joining Dai Gurren, personally – it's just that I have no idea what ship you're on.

PSOfan4ever

July 17th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

if not for this site, playing PSO2 would be difficult if not impossible; the fast updates here are amazing and appreciated .

Q: Ricardo, is okay to mention the site to players while in game?

Ricardo

July 17th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thank You very much, and yes it's fine. But just so everyone understands that the site is run by 1 person and there's no way for the blog to have timely updates for every single update. Later on there will be volunteers keeping track of all maintenance messages.

PSOfan4ever

July 17th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

雨 サン 。。。 hypocrite comes to mind.

ALL BACK > my understanding is thats it a hairstyle ; i used one and i noticed a new style available so i guess thats true

there was a foto for it somewhere, but do not have link atm

PSOfan4ever

July 17th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Ricardo, you are welcome. I will make an art board promoting the site ^^

imafan2

July 17th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

re translations … if you can copy/paste text, you can copy/paste it into say GOOGLE TRANSLATOR and usually come up with a decent translation (just saying if you need a quick answer) ^-^ v

cant say enough how awesome this site is … along with easy layout/navigation

Nilok

July 17th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Just so we're clear, i chose my words carefully. Renvalt called a bunch of community members "butthurt" because they don't see things the way he does. I used the term only to turn a phrase. I don't care which server you play on, there's no elitism at play here. I just resent being called puerile or petty for not wanting to start over and noticing a trend. It doesn't matter to me if people play on the US servers or don't, just don't lump people together with derogatory labels to validate your opinions.

Renvalt

July 17th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Urgh. Pour salt on an open wound, will ya? I said I was sorry, you don't need to keep bringing it back up.

Oh well, this particular topic is over with. Wish I could reason with ya, but it seems there's no possibility of that.

Azuremelody

July 18th, 2012 at 3:43 am

*spits out drink* Holy mother of- That thing is real?!? I thought that was just a joke.

Coming from one who has played PSU on the Xbox 360 for a good amount of time (4 years), I've little hope from the final NA product of PSO2. If it is the same people handling the job, I don't see how its going to be any different from the predecessor. My friend's and I have already put in a lot of time on the JP version and its only going to increase by the time the NA version is released. I don't see any benefit to switching at all at this point in time.

Nilok

July 18th, 2012 at 8:57 am

Renvalt, I wasn't trying to attack you, I was just trying to clear the air. Relax, I'm not here to pick fights.

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