It is no secret that things with Sega have kind of gone downhill since the demise of the Sega Dreamcast. Things have just not been the same with the once great company that took on Nintendo, and arguably, won in the 16-Bit gaming days. It seems that the Dreamcast just won’t die though on many levels, not just homebrew but in gamer’s not letting franchises that took off on the failed console to die. One such franchise is Phantasy Star Online’s sequel which has spread to many other platforms and many more gamers. Fans have proven that they will do what the gaming companies won’t. The interesting thing is, Sega has been quiet on the recent developments on this matter.
Basically, Phantasy Star Online 2 was online for most players in the world till around last June. During this time, there was a DDOS attack that forced Sega to close off foreign gamers (i.e. only allow Japan based players) from playing Phantasy Star Online 2. This sucks big time. There have been some rumblings over this decision, to say the least.
To even get into the servers for Phantasy Star Online 2 you had to jump through hoops as it was not available for North American gamers. There has been an English patch released to help with the interface and there was at least one server that was predominately English speaking.
Since Sega is dragging their feet on bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to North America, a couple of fans are working on doing it for them. What is happening is a whole new server, for North American gamers, on a private hosting plan.
Ideally, Sega would step in, help out and possibly bring this small team into the fold. Historically though, Sega has proven they will do just about anything but that.
Head over to Kotaku for more on this story.