Meanwhile, we recently talked to Yuji Nakazawa

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  • Published date: January 6, 2021
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Meanwhile, we recently talked to Yuji Nakazawa, PSO two North America producer, about the game's long-awaited arrival from the West. Polygon: Please introduce yourself and in your own words explain your function on the PSO 2 team. I have been on and off of the team. I started using Phantasy Star Universe in Japan and then also [worked on] the release of this North American Xbox version of PSU.

I am the manager for the U.S. launch of the Xbox version in addition to the Asian release of PSO two, which was released prior to the U.S. version. So I'm sort of this localization specialist. Is it a relief now that PSO two is finally out in the West, for most of the English-speaking PSO fans who've been asking for this for years? There's a sense of relief [because] there was lots of preparation that went to the development; for instance, Sega U.S. and Sega Japan took surveys in the fans about what they wanted in the game. But as an internet game, I believe the real challenge is in keeping the service going forward. So in February, we had the closed beta, and there was an unexpectedly high number of participants. We heard a great deal of players say they've been waiting eight long years for this launch. We were really pleased about that.

Is this one of the reasons the Western servers are somewhat separate from the Japanese servers? So you can roll out the later episodes at the right pace, rather than ditch all the Western players on the same servers as players in Asia, who've experienced all that content already?

If you want to know more about PSO2, you can visit https://www.pso2ah.com/

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