So E3’s live presentations came to a close yesterday. This blog isn’t for passing opinion on what was announced there, but I’m sure many of you reading this are wondering if PSO2 had any time at E3 at all.
The short answer: No
The long answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
What about a surprise appearance on the show floor, before E3 ends?: Wouldn’t count on it.
Now Sega were definitely there, in fact one of their upcoming titles “The Cave” got some live footage shown of it. Sega announced their E3 lineup on their official blog here. You won’t need to dig into the comments very deeply to learn that readers were a little confused as to why some of the titles they were excited to see were missing. Among them are Phantasy Star Online 2, of course, as well as Anarchy Reigns and Yakuza 5.
As Sega don’t do live presentations like some other companies that attend E3, no one expected a big on-stage announcement or anything like that. If you did, you might be being a little bit unrealistic.
I can understand people’s frustration with Sega of America continuing to not even acknowledge the game exists, seemingly. The lack of any official response on the official blog there, not even so much as a “we can’t comment on these titles yet”, can’t be helping. A good part of this frustration is due to how close we are to the release of the Japanese version of the game, which could be anywhere between 4 – 8 weeks at a guess. This is dependant on the success of the upcoming Pre-OBT test (end of June), whether the OBT will start immediately after or not and how long the gap between OBT and release will be.
This suggests two things to people, I imagine. Firstly, it puts to death the idea that a simultaneous global release is ever going to happen (which was never explicitly said anyway).
Secondly, that if a localised version is going to be released that it won’t be until some time after the Japanese version of the game has been out already. I’ve seen concerns that this will hurt any localised release badly as those who are interested in playing PSO2 may just play on the Japanese servers. It can’t really be completely determined how long the wait could be, really, but you need only look at the gap between the releases of previous titles (such as Phantasy Star Portable 2) to see the basis of concern.
It’s easy to see that if there ever was a time for Sega to dispel such worries, E3 would have been a heck of a time to do it. A surprise announcement isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility, as there are still 2 more days of E3 floor time left, I just really wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were you. I’ll try to keep an eye out for any PSO2 sightings over the coming days. Things could be said outside of E3, certainly, but the window of opportunity to get the word out before the Japanese release is upon us is shrinking rapidly.
I’m sure that if a localised version of PSO2 were to happen that it would have a player base, don’t get me wrong. There are still plenty of datamined hints within the client that it could happen, remember! The question is how badly would it be hurt by being announced long after the Japanese release?