A good amount of noise is spreading among various places. Noise made by concerned players from the SEA region who have found that they can’t log in to the Japanese servers today.
Well, it certainly would seem to be that way judging by the number of people reporting it. Among the complaints about GameGuard mucking up the early access for those who actually want to play on Asiasoft’s servers, there’s a good number of complaints about being unable to connect to JP on Asiasoft’s facebook page.
Update: Seems it’s official, according to this post by CM Dynareus. Quote below:
“Hello, unfortunately yes, as countries from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines will only be able to access our server.
There is a slim chance that this isn’t an IP-block. This could be a coincidental connection issue, perhaps in light of cable maintenance or something. Although my gut feeling says this is incredibly unlikely, given that it’d be a remarkable coincidence that all 6 countries covered by Asiasoft happen to be blocked at the same time and on the day after their early access is underway.
I’m in South East Asia and fuck all things Asiasoft, how do I play on PSO2JP?
You’re in luck, potentially! Head on over to PSO-World here, where AIDA of Arks Layer has put together a guide to setting up a VPN.
If this is indeed an official IP block, then it’s a dick move. Yes, it is within Sega’s right to do so. don’t get me wrong there. In fact, all players from SEA and indeed players from anywhere in the world aside Japan aren’t officially allowed to connect to the servers in the first place. The terms of service state that you must physically be in Japan, after-all. Blocking entire regions with no word or forewarning is still a dick move, however. It’s a dick move because Sega or Asiasoft would have had the option to inform their players this was going to happen. Give the players who were maybe willing or considering playing on the SEA servers instead some time to prepare, to bid farewell to their old characters and other players on the JP servers they may be acquainted with.
Whose fault would it be? Given that Taiwan players can freely choose to play either their local version or the Japanese version, the finger of accusation points squarely at Asiasoft. Maybe it was a part of a deal they negotiated with Sega? Who knows.
If this was indeed Asiasoft’s decision as part of a tactic to increase their playerbase, I suspect it will only further the resolve of players who don’t wish to play on their servers and drive them towards VPNs instead.
DOES THIS MEAN WE WILL BE IP-BLOCKED WHEN PSO2 COMES OUT IN THE WEST?????
No. Remember, PSO2 Taiwan (hosted by Gamania) aren’t IP-blocked, indicating this wasn’t Sega\s decision.
All this incident would prove, should it be absolutely officially confirmed that it is an IP-block, is that Sega are willing to comply with requests to IP-block regions. So should whoever be hosting the western release of the game ask for it, Sega may comply.