@mafia-leblanc said in Hiro Arai himself confirms they will keep following their update model and that global has a good and healthy marketplace:
After this disaster of an interview, this entire playerbase is on crack if they give another cent to this game.
Remember that this company has shut down the global version of Phantasy star several years before the JP version, in every single iteration(PSO Dreamcast, PSO GC Ep I&II, III, PSO BB, PSU PC/PS2, plus the many that we just plain didn't get). The road map doesn't go past winter. I'm reading between the lines, which are now very clear from that interview. They are doing this to not have to commit to any kind of future in this trainwreck shell of a game.
I strongly suspect that if Global doesn't meet their metrics, which must be sky-high for how predatory the monetization is (likely to make up for recent blunders and losses on their casinos due to covid), they will just unapologetically shut it off like SEA, and everyone will lose all their characters and fashion that they spent real money for forever. They have done it to Global, every single time, while giving it zero support or updates in comparison to JP. Global is full of problems that I am now convinced will never be fixed if they aren't present on JP. The lag and red box issues/RMT spam will plague this game until it dies, because they NEVER fix problems that are only on the global servers in any other pso game.
Global base PSO2 is locked out of Rivalate keys, mission badges, and eyestones, but JP has exchanges for these items that Global will never get, which is already a hint of what's to come.
They've screwed me like this as a long-time Phantasy Star player for the last time. I have dumped thousands of dollars in this series and thousands of hours of my time. I am done.
They are clear that the people they are marketing for don't care one bit about gameplay, and in their minds are incompetent children with flipper hands and mommy's credit card, who can't handle the simplest of gaming tasks, just playing for screenshot bikini space waifu material. I've played Phantasy Star since I was a kid, and this is how the series dies for me.
If anyone else wants to stick with this game at this point, I wish you the best of luck. I'm out.
PSO2NGS is probably the closest global has ever gotten to having parity with Japan. I can understand your frustrations with the current content, but in this case I don't think global is being treated any worse. There is small differences sure, be it localization or regional promotions, but overall we are getting near identical updates to what Japan is getting.
Base PSO2 had to be handled differently as it was being rushed through 8 years of content in one year. but now that we are caught up with Japan the updates seem to be nearly identical. Even the images used to promote the updates on the website are nearly the same.
RMT seems to be a problem that doesn't affect PSO2 in Japan. Cultural differences maybe. It's probably taking SEGA longer to figure out a solution as it isn't something they are familiar with. They do seem have fixed the bot advertising problem though, i haven't noticed any in the lobbies lately.