I kinda wish there was more transparency with the actual development... There's pretty much no news on what's going on with development in both JP or NA. Maybe bring back ARKS Hour or have weekly/monthly Q&As? It would improve the outlook of the community if there were more dev/player interaction or feedback on what's going on behind the scenes. (or maybe small hints or trailers sprinkled in the dry months leading to the big update)
Here's a list of rumors that have been circulating around:
- NGS team is understaffed and they've been looking for hires. (Gathered by their SEGA jobs page which also lists a smartphone tie in game with NGS?)
- Sakura Revolution has eaten a portion of their budget and as a result hampered NGS development
- The NGS team worked mostly on the PSO2 and NGS integration but realized they had no content to show for so they delayed their release to work up some content for release and pressure to release before Spring 2020 (June) with COVID impacting development immensely
It would be nice to have some clarifications behind the scenes, it will never happen but it's nice to think about it. I'd rather SEGA tell us rather than rumors getting out of hand soon with weirder stories. Or some rogue developer spills the tea!