For many of you, I’m sure you’ve never heard of Phantasy Star Online 2 or even the Phantasy Star series; so don’t worry, you’re not alone. Even when Phantasy Star Online released for the Dreamcast and was eventually ported over to the Nintendo Gamecube, the critically acclaimed game never truly achieved a household name.
I for one didn’t play anything earlier in the series than Phantasy Star Universe (which according to most was nowhere as good as it’s aforementioned predecessor), but that didn’t change the simple fact that I was in love.
I’m not sure whether it was the simple yet addicting mission system, the earworm soundtrack, or the close-knit community, but everything about Phantasy Star Universe appealed to me. I could spend hours trolling around in Cylez City spamming symbol art, accomplishing nothing but remaining wildly entertained nonetheless.
Fast forward to the year 2012: Sega of Japan released Phantasy Star Online 2 with plans of releasing an English version soon after. I was ecstatic – this game was the beautiful love child of Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe. I literally couldn’t ask for a game more perfectly made for me.
However, as time went on, news about the western release began to trickle off and die away. Sega no longer released any new information and the English website became frozen in time. I didn’t lose faith. I knew it was coming, Sega just needed some more time.
I was willing to wait. This would be the game.
Alas, we were all sadly mistaken. Rumors surfaced that the western release had been delayed indefinitely, but I didn’t want to believe them. As 2013 came and went, I realized they must be true. I was heartbroken.
Yet, all was not lost. A glimmer of hope shone through the mire of my despair, something I stumbled upon while groping blindly around the internet in hopes of finding a Sega of America announcement. An English community was tirelessly working to create an English translation for Phantasy Star Online 2. This patcher, named PSO2 Tweaker, gave those of us in the West a second chance.