Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis lastly went dwell after extended upkeep. The on-line recreation noticed a simultaneous launch on each the Japanese and Global servers. However, many overseas gamers of the Japanese PSO2 model reported that they might not entry any ships after the New Genesis launch until they use Japanese VPNs. A number of Twitter customers additionally speculated that Sega may need utilized an IP block on the Japanese servers.
The Japanese official account has not given any assertion concerning this challenge. However, Sega has a Terms of Service web page that’s nonetheless efficient for the reason that Japanese PC model first launched in May 2012. The eighth entry in Section 2 (Game server utilization) pertains to this challenge, and we now have translated it as follows:
Connection to this recreation server is proscribed to software program put in on gadgets that reside inside Japan. Direct connections from outdoors Japan, in addition to connections created from outdoors Japan by gadgets residing inside Japan, are prohibited.
Despite having this specific entry, Sega tacitly allowed abroad gamers to entry the Japanese server and buy microtransactions for a while throughout the recreation’s lifespan. This had occurred lengthy earlier than Microsoft introduced an official English launch at E3 2019.
The preliminary English launch of Phantasy Star Online 2 in April 2020 was out there solely on Xbox One in North America. When it added a Steam model in August 2020, it introduced in additional international locations and areas supported by Xbox. Sega ultimately expanded it into a worldwide model masking nearly all the world.
As of New Genesis‘ launch, the Steam shopper of PSO2 is on the market in nearly all international locations and areas besides Japan, China, South Korea, Belgium, Netherlands, and Netherlands Antilles. In the case of Belgium and the Netherlands, each international locations enacted a legislation banning loot bins, which had been included as a characteristic on this on-line recreation. Despite not being out there in Japan, the worldwide PSO2 shopper additionally helps Japanese voiceovers and subtitles.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is instantly out there on PCs worldwide. The Japanese model additionally helps the PlayStation four and there’s a Nintendo Switch cloud model. The international shopper is as an alternative out there on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
Siliconera has contacted Sega PR for extra info on this matter and is presently ready for a reply.