So with the occasional "when is this game releasing in Europe" questions that people bring up I wanna ask... I had been a bit curious, given the circumstances, what that would be like / what do people want it to be like? Before we start I do wanna give some context (in case anyone tries to bring up any past titles):
Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast and Gamecube were the only ones to have servers hosted in Europe, all future titles would indeed have European releases but simply use Sega of America's West Coast-hosted servers, this includes such titles like Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst and Phantasy Star Universe and was originally going to be the case for Phantasy Star Online 2's original 2013 Western release.
The first Phantasy Star Online had quite a lot of language options which would unfortunately go away in future titles; initially supporting English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese, this list was reduced in Phantasy Star Universe to just English, German and French (and Japanese for Xbox 360(?)). From here on out, all future titles (Phantasy Star 0, Portable 2) would be released in Europe as an English-only release. This appears to be a trend thats not entirely limited to Phantasy Star though as games like Yakuza and Persona 5 (at least before Royal released) were available only in English or Japanese.
So taking those things into account... what of the following traits would you want out of a release outside of North America (you can obviously list in your post as many traits from here as possible):
- Bare Minimum: Whatever NA has rn but just made available to the rest of the world on the MS Store (or future Steam release).
- New Ships: Same as NA but also have Ships which are hosted in Europe for players worried about latency with NA. (RIP Oceania as usual though... very few major companies host game servers for Australia / New Zealand so why would Sega?)
- New Language Options: Despite what the past has shown, Sega can work some magic and have the game's mass amount of text be able to be localized to as many languages as possible?
- Separate EU Client and Servers: I only bring this up since... its what appears to be implied by some people who ask 'when is a European version gonna release?' (or maybe, its just me looking a bit too literal into what is a poor choice of words) Regardless, its not an uncommon thing in the market (TERA is an example) so just bringing up here to see if its something anyone would even want.
Regardless, I look forward to see what your ideal (or realistic interpretation if you are cynical) release of Phantasy Star Online 2 outside of North America would/should be like!