It's Hard To Say Sayonara: English Phantasy Star Online 2 Website Disappears

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor November 21, 2017
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It ain't happening, folks. It just ain't happening.

Eagle-eyed Reddit users have discovered that the English-language site for Phantasy Star Online 2 has shut down, after five years of ... well, just existing. It used to be at http://www.pso2.com/us/, but that's gone now, and with it, the hopes and dreams of Magicman, the #1 supporter of this lost cause, have been similarly dashed.

In this sad time, let us not mourn this unquestionably breakout game that would have been totally different and so much better than all the other Asian games to come to the West and was absolutely worth carrying water for for five years. Instead, let us look back on the happier times, when we could all cling to a sliver of optimism, a thin thread of hope that fueled our wildest fantasies -- or is that "phantasies"? -- for half a decade.

  • Magicman's First Look of the Japanese version of the game from earlier this year.
  • The fake website that said it was coming out in 2017.
  • 2014: "SEGA is currently working on bringing PSO2 to the West" lol
  • "Originally slated for an early 2013 North American release" double lol!
  • The original announcement.
  • So long, Phantasy Star Online 2. Now, how is Bless Online coming along?

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    Jason Winter
    Jason Winter, News Editor
    Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

    Discussion (10)

    Eviil 3 years ago
    A lot of grumpy easterners. Glad I will never play with them in this game.

    Xiosade 3 years ago
    u can play without lagg from eu on an english channel easy,ppl who wanted to play it rly,already have.so whers the problem i dont get it

    Panix 3 years ago
    Negative comments and such are probably why nothing hits the west or dies in early stages. " Why go west when they're so negative. " IMO that what people say. I know I would.

    WaiFuu 3 years ago
    Even if it did get an official english release, there are plenty of other better games out there. It would be a different story if it released much sooner.

    Hellsworth 3 years ago
    haha Phantasy Bless Online - "They're not here, it's just your imagination!"

    SqueezyTime 3 years ago
    Honestly, anyone who still had hope for a Western release at this point was delusional. The chances of it happening died along with the SEA version. Luckily, the Japanese version can be played without issue, and there's even a server (Ship 2) that is populated almost entirely by English speakers.

    YOHO MOHO 3 years ago
    You can still play it without problems tho i don't get why we need a western server if there is a dedicated Expat server.

    Curst 3 years ago
    I wish we had more Japanese PC MMOs here in the West (relatively to Japan everything is The West, finally I can call myself a westerner :D). No, scratch that. I wish there were more Japanese PC MMOs in general. They are way too obsessed with consoles and singleplayer games. Maybe we'll see more if Caravan Stories becomes a hit. It's looking pretty good so far, a shame that it's cross-platform (mobile / PC) though.

    The Grumpy 3 years ago
    we all know this game wuld never hit NA, just not worth it ! if it dosent happen with in 6 month after announcement was made it just not worth the time to care. game will die out soon enyways

    Kevin Flemming 3 years ago
    It was never going to happen. A half-decent Eastern convert game in the West?! I doubt such a thing will ever exist.


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