I would suggest to people to temper their expectations over the size of the PC playerbase.
You guys are talking like we are going FFXIV/WOW tier starting tomorrow just because the game is being released on PC like there´s millions of players just excitedly refreshing the Windows/Xbox store just waiting for the PC client to appear.
The game is only playable on Windows 10 , which alienates many Free2Play MMO players with less powerful systems.
It requires you to go thru more hops than the JP version if you are European and even more so to make any purchase.
There has been barely any hype or advertisement for the PC version & most EU sites are not even reporting it due to 2)
The horrible and over-greedy monetization is well known at this point even outside this forum.
A sizeable amount of PC players are already invested in and spent a lot of $ in PSO2JP
Phantasy Star never had a big PC playerbase as the numbers of PSOBB and PSU clearly show.
PSO2 is not even making it to TOP 10 in hyped/researched on most MMORPG websites like MMORPG.com which by the way is something i have never seen happen in the past, a day before a new MMORPG´s release.
I am not saying that there is absolutely no chance for PSO2 to become a hit, and as you can imagine, being a long time fan of the series there is nothing that would make me happier than to be wrong in every single aspect.
But the truth is, things are not looking all that stellar compared to even the releases of cheap stolen asset korean MMOS lol.
Let us hope for the best but perhaps put the champagne bottles down until a week from tomorrow, and hey, if i happen to be wrong, i will open one of my grand reserve Rioja wine bottles to celebrate, so let´s hope i am, both because i want PSO2 to succeed and because i sure could go for a cup of Gran Reserva.
But let us be realistic as well.