@Ciel said in PSO2 Team: Please Advertise/Hype More for PC Release:
People either don't know or forget that years ago Sega IP blocked anything coming from outside of Japan (may have been all of Asia) for a long while before lifting the block (I am guessing because a lot of players used VPNs to get around the block). When the SEA version released, it was fully translated, but it too had a hard IP Block on anything coming from the West.
Every online Phantasy Star has been behind the Japanese version by at least 6 months, to the point that we often never got everything the Japanese version got. Sega JP has always catered to their Japanese playerbase with Sega NA being an afterthought, and that seems to still be a thing. I think it might be a culture issue, maybe some xenophobia bleeding into their business decisions.
The IP block for westerners took place in 2014. 2015 saw the SEA block.
Not sure why anyone was expecting anything to have changed. Microsoft is to thank for the West getting this at all. I doubt Sega did anything until they were approached, and only after their board came to the conclusion this would be a nice way to make some quick money.
Don't be surprised if two years from now the game gets shut down. The game is already pretty old and a sequel of some sorts might be in the works... but for Japan only.
The point of all of this is that I'm not really surprised Sega is dragging its feet and doing a lousy job promoting the game. They were reluctant to release the game, reluctant to let foreigners play their game, and are reluctant to put effort into the game now that it is finally here (probably because of their past behavior, age of the game, and Phantasy Star Universe being a flop).
So yes please advertise more. I just don't expect you will.
One thing to note is that everything we are getting now is from SEGA of Japan, not SEGA NA. Also, about the IP block on JP years ago, that was not a malicious act to keep foreigners out. It was put in place because of a DDoS attack on their servers, so they limited traffic to JP IP Addresses only. They later removed the ban since the attacks finished and were going to leave it open unless it happened again, which it thankfully hasn't for those that do play JP.
The game is also doing fine right now. As long as people continue to play and support it, it will last for quite a while yet. If NA supports it properly, there is a high chance that the next game will be global from the start.