I don't think SOJ really cares to much. They haven't wanted to touch the west in a long time (read console wars). I think this has more to do with microsoft's agreement with SOJ. It's interesting to really look at how they release stuff, and although i do applaud the community management team here, the development or lack thereof for NA has been disappointing to say the least. Until they stop making money off scratches and their internal concurrent user numbers go down, nothing will be announced.
I remember back in the day, late 90's when i worked in the industry. Our community team was on one side of the building, artists another, writers another, developers another. It was so much easier to function with everyone on the same page. Everyone cared much more about what was released because we all worked on it together. I really hate how these companies sub out their QA teams, community teams, and even developmental teams. sorry for the rambling.
The game has really easy catchup mechanics. I am happy with my meseta , and stopped logging in other than swapping costumes for sg. I haven't done my dailies, only did the easy weeklies and just really can't be bothered to play it. I didn't even try for the 13* egg on pso2 day. Due to how easy it is to "be end game" in this iteration, why bother? I can pick it up a few months from now and be fine in a week. The pc crowd will be here tomorrow, and they'll be loving it for the next two months of urgent quests. At this rate, i'd be shocked if we saw episode for prior to the end of July.