@SleeprunnerInc Especially if they want to continue competing with FFXIV which is considered to be the more popular game. I am hoping that they are looking at how FFXIV is structured with its communication to the players. They do have similar things to FFXIV's Live Letters for the JP version in the form of PSO2 Station. A Unified Service with a single version of the game would mean said PSO2 station would apply to us as well.
These restrictions and censorship ultimately act as an obstacle to a unified service, as part of a unified service means being able to transfer to the servers of any region. FFXIV allows you to play in any regional server under the same service and it is a godsend for anyone who may end up abroad for one reason or another. I had a friend who is transferring to the Japanese servers in FFXIV for latency issues as he got stationed in Japan as part of his military service. Another friend a while back transferred to the Japanese servers as well due to studying abroad there. I was actually in talks for a programming job in Japan following my graduation until Covid went and ruined it.