@Michelle said in PSO2 A Realm Reborn (Suggestion thread):
@Leonkh99 I understand perfectly what you mean.
In any case, PSO2 has a censorship of all kinds, a very particular game, perhaps for this reason it took 8 years to arrive in the West? Who knows, but honestly, and in my opinion of course, it's not quite the best experience I expected to have. All these restrictions and censorships make the game less fun. Let's be clear, it's still playable, but compared to the original...well...it's a feeling of something missing, and you know, it's not exactly pleasant
Uhm no? This is just jumping into wild assumptions.
The delay begun due to various factors such as company restructuring, Sega of Japan and Sega of America relations and so many other things, some which was documented in that interview. None of that had anything to do with the censorship... the so called 'delay' was technically a cancellation with the current version not even beginning development until 2019 and not at all picking up from where the original development left off (TLDR; The English version was not a project that was ongoing for eight years but a project that started, was cancelled and nothing happened for seven years and restarted).
Now regarding the censorship, going on about the whole Harukotan issue... I find statements on that one a bit hypocritical given that even the Fan Translation players use to play the Japanese version "censored" that. Its seriously a minor change that doesn't at all change the game experience... if you are that worried about accuracy you might as well learn Japanese and play the Japanese version in Japanese... cause going by your logic, neither the Fan Translation or Official Translation is the 'best experience you expected to have'.
I'll say it here again... Localization process for games is not about preserving the original as accurate as possible. A game, especially an Online RPG which requires a high amount of players to stay alive, when exported to other regions need to be able to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. There are some exceptions here and there like say... if the game were heavily rooted in Japanese culture or if the game were depicting historical events in their uncensored form. Risk the potential of people being offended by what the JP version called Harukotan's regions and people? The Slave weapon names? These are all compromises for a game like PSO2 to be able to release and avoid controversy.
I'm honestly indifferent to the actual censorship, i'm not gonna stop playing cause the game's censored OR cause censorship is undone (unlike some other people...), but i'm stepping on cause some of the statements here would only work in an ideal world... but with the way things are in the industry it comes off as misinformed and a lot of issues you are bringing up is rampant in lots of other games and not just PSO2. Your focus on this is so misinformed that you were convinced that the only reason the game was delayed for so long is cause thats how long it took to censor the game and it clearly being that much important when really... most of these censors are literally done in a few seconds by changing a few parameters and lines of code...