Things get messy when talking about servers so lemme clarify what I mean in what im about to say;
"Version" = The actual game client and set of servers it can connect to (PSO2 JP has its own set of updates, content, JP ships (Servers), etc)
"Servers" = The actual ships you pick at the start of the game.
There is very little evidence that an global launch would be an entirely separate "Version" with PSO2 NA, PSO2 EU and PSO2 JP. For one:
- The "NA version" (soon to be "global version"), already has its own PEGI and ACB ratings assigned to its Microsoft Store page.
- The game has a third language setting to display to other players what language you speak... even if the game's available globally as an English only (like SEGA's other global launches like Yakuza and so on), this setting might be expanded upon at least to display other spoken languages which are available around the globe (right now, only English and Japanese are available).
- The unnecessary expense that is releasing another separate version with its own content updates with its own management team which all needs to be maintained... it is literally cheaper to just make the "NA version" be a "Global version".
So... with all that said, the global launch would literally be... what we already have now except without needing to change our region to download the game or buy AC. If we are lucky (Phantasy Star Universe and Blue Burst did NOT have EU-hosted servers as an option), the game might even have EU-hosted ships.... but that really shouldn't stop you from playing right now on the "NA version"... whenever the concept of EU servers come up, some people jump to the assumption that this means EU players can only EU servers (much like what would be the case with a separate "EU version")... all this would amount to is really just having a setup akin to this:
SHIP 1-3: NA Server
SHIP 4-6: EU Server
So even after a global launch if say... you want to play with NA players, you can choose to make your character on Ships 1-3.
This is the most likely scenario for how a global launch might be handled...
On another note, could someone please answer why it is that many people jump to the assumption that an EU release would be a completely different version separate from the NA version and possibly starting from Day 1? I keep seeing this mentality everywhere despite it being unheard of for the franchise...