Phantasy Star Online 2 IP Block Returns, Westerners No Longer Welcomed

Much excitement was had around the web last week when it was reported on many sites that the SEA version of Phantasy Star Online 2 was no longer blocking non-Asian country’s IPs. Some were quick to point out that it would switch back, or perhaps the removal was due to temporary server maintenance, but many (like myself) hoped it was a sign of Sega loosening their grip on title.

Unfortunately, reports (thanks, Kamikaze Teemo) have come in from several places that the IP block has returned, with western players now getting errors when trying to connect. Some are reporting that even the previous method of using VPNs no longer works, with many of them being banned. Details can be found in this Reddit post.

It turns out that the IP block was removed to help people within the game’s “official” territories connect to the server, supposedly alleviating the latency and connection issues they have been experiencing as of late.

The saddest part of this story is that those westerners who spent money in the cash shop are now unable to access the digital goods they have purchased. One does have to wonder what they will do if all of these people file a chargeback on their cards and get refunded the money.

Carl Batchelor


Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  1. PenguinPlayer
    July 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    SEGA hates us.They just do.

  2. Carnel
    July 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    It’s alright, Sega can go Bankrupt, I don’t care about them anymore

  3. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    and then they said they want to bring back fans’ acknowledgement of SEGA? ha! this is the outcome, eh?

  4. andyscout
    July 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    “One does have to wonder what Sega will do if all of these people file a chargeback on their cards and get refunded the money.”


  5. Yate
    July 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Could we not post incorrect information?

    The SEA version of PSO2 is not related to SEGA, at all, in any way, shape or form. You can also just play the Japanese version in English trhough the patch at arks-layer.com.

    The SEA version is hot garbage pay to win that is nothing like the actual game at all, in any way, shape or form.

  6. ToKiO UnKnOwN
    ToKiO UnKnOwN
    July 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    #1 is, Sega doesn’t run the SEA version. So let’s not even blame them for anything. #2, I can’t really be surprised. SEA doesn’t play with Westerners on anything.

  7. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I really want to like Sega but they really, really don’t want me to like them.

    I’m not even a PSO fan but the way they’ve been handling this game is fucking disgusting.

  8. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    even worse, they promised us a western release about 3-4 years ago, but was just abandoned that way and still insisted that they “delayed the game” not canceled it

  9. Phelan
    July 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Many many many years ago Sega was more powerful player than SONY, but one day they made one tiny mistake.

    They believed that there is no point in bringing japanese games to western market.

    SONY decided to the the opposite and started bringing all juicy japanese games to PSX.

    That’s one of the reasons why Sega Saturn failed and PSX was big success.

    Seems to me that someone didn’t learn from past, right?

    But than again as people already mentioned… in this case Sega is not guilty.

  10. lRagna
    July 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Asiasoft runs PSO2 SEA, not SEGA

  11. lRagna
    July 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Asiasoft runs PSO2 SEA, not SEGA…

  12. lRagna
    July 23, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Asiasoft runs PSO2 SEA, not SEGA

    So if you want to blame a company, dont blame SEGA because they have nothing to do with the SEA rules with IP blocks

  13. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    yeah I knew that Asiasoft was the most responsible for this, but SEGA should know and be aware of the problem. They made wrong choice of trusting to Asiasoft which is notoriously shit for games like RO2, etc

  14. Unknown
    July 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    You guys are being misinformed in the first place. That ‘ip-lift’ was meant to be a temporary fix for those SEA players who couldn’t enter SEA PSO2 to begin with. While it be extremely pleasing if the region-lock did not get fix that quickly so that other regions could play it, you guys shouldn’t have jump straight off the bat by DECLARING that Asiasoft or SEGA lifted the ip region block to begin with as well. Both have their own fair amount of hate but for SEGA it’s a WHAT THE HELL DO YOU EVEN PLAN TO GIVE OVERSEAS PLAYERS as an international company.

  15. lRagna
    July 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    You mean Asiasoft, the company that runs the PSO2 SEA region, not even the main server that is the japanese running by SEGA and that pretty much everyone can join and play

  16. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    July 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Sorry for not being up on everything. It’s not incorrect though.

  17. Carnel
    July 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    the server that if you join and play while not in Japan, you’re at risk of getting banned because you’re breaking ToS.

  18. yukitron
    July 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    It’s still PSO2, so I suggest to calm your boobs

  19. lRagna
    July 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Please don’t put SEGA into this post because they don’t run the PSO2 SEA, Asiasoft runs it and everyone knows how they break games with their terrible work and money sucking, SEGA has nothing to do with this since their main and updated server (japanese) EVERYONE can join and play without issues at all and better yet, is not p2w like the SEA region

  20. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    July 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Hey guys – just stopping by to let you know that while most of you have been playing the Japanese version with an English patch, this article is about the SEA version, which is the only legitimate/official way to play in English.

    Sorry if we misled people, but we’re just covering the English version.

  21. asn
    July 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Everyone just leave PSO2 for like a few weeks, their sales are going to drop by 23% lol

  22. Ms_Fortune
    July 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    My friends gonna be pissed, he was super excited for it.

  23. solbalmung
    July 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    It’s Sega that requested the IP block, not the publisher, the publisher has nor rights whats so ever on PSO2, Sega got the license, they are the one that makes the rules on a developer/publisher relation.

  24. Kiara BaBlam UnikittyPudding
    Kiara BaBlam UnikittyPudding
    July 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Sea can eat a fat hobo dick…pieces of shits

  25. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    July 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Fair enough but I still think SEGA is at least partially to blame since this game was announced for a western release a long time ago and that just never came.

  26. Justin Greene
    Justin Greene
    July 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I don’t really get people getting upset for thinking it’s SEGA making this decision.

    SEA a simply runs PSO2 in Asia…they don’t own the property, they don’t make the property. They only get to publish what SEGA allows the to publish. If SEGA comes along and tells them to do something, what standing do you really believe they have to say “No”?

    No the truth is we don’t know who is making the decision to block western IPs, and by the corporate and legal processes, we’ll never know. BUT, if I were to guess based of past actions and complete disinterest in serving a select market, then yes I would say SEGA made this decision and told SEA to execute that decision.

  27. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    SEA is an area though, and its Asiasoft that handles the license in the SEA area, and Sega has no hand in implementing the ip block, Asiasoft is

  28. Justin Greene
    Justin Greene
    July 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    SEGA owns the license and the property. If they came along and said shut it down. It doesn’t matter who runs it. They have complete rights to even revoke their right to handle the property in Asia

  29. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    if that is a question of if they can do it or not, then yes, but the IP block is 100% on asiasoft, not sega

  30. Justin Greene
    Justin Greene
    July 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Your missing the point. If SEGA orders a button to be pushed, you’re trying the blame the person pushing the button.

  31. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Asiasoft is just republisher, all server side elements like IP blocks are under SEGA responsibility.

  32. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    …except this is something that asiasoft has been doing with their shit for years, everything in their lineup, they ip ban it from those who aren’t in the SEA region (and a few countries in that region), SEGA has the property but its Asiasoft that decides to put the IP ban in the first place

  33. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    As minimum read things from SEGA offs and then def them, servers are under SEGA responsibility, Asiasoft is just Re-Publishing of the game to region, they can’t make decisions like that.

  34. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Did you think that asiasoft made a gateway for people of SEA to connect to Sega’s server to play a translated pso2 ? Because that’s not how it works, that’s not how anything works, sega is NOT responsible for the server in the SEA region, Asiasoft IS. And Asiasoft have made alot more decisions towards the game along with the IP ban.

  35. Justin Greene
    Justin Greene
    July 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    At best they can choose how they impliment the game. When you’re working with someone else’s property, everything that goes into your version has to be approved by the owner of the property. This goes for localization, for HD Remasters that are often given to outsource dev teams, lots of situations. In all of these cases you have ZERO pull in interpreting how their property should appear. At best, you get to ask questions on how to proceed and how to implement things, but you have ZERO rights to say “this is how we’re doing it and that’s final.”

  36. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t know, the changes to the SEA version compared to the JPN version is incredibly big, lore mistranslated/changed to their own liking, item restrictions are made worst in SEA version, SEA version has its own costumes and events, SEA version has way lesser servers available at launch, SEA version uses its own versions, so they have more liberty than you think/imply, they do have rights to say “This is how we’re doing it and that’s final”.

  37. Tusheer
    July 23, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah, I thought that the SEA version would be atleast the same with JPN, but nope, costume locks, terrible exp rate, expensive cash shop, terrible economy, and then there’s apparently magic now… yeah… SEA version not worth it, JPN version better

  38. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Read License then speak please. SEA just can’t make decisions like this, they don’t have a single permission to do so, just SEGA have legal permissions to apply things like this.

  39. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    It’s same like blaming soldier for execution of the Commanders order.

  40. Neojames82
    July 23, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Wow, people in the comments are actually DEFENDING Sega for once…never thought I see that.

  41. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Its because its asiasoft

  42. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    SEA is a region, not a company, don’t be ignorant, and as far as the terms and condition is concerned, this is what’s written;

    “ASIASOFT reserve(s) the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to
    change, modify, add to, supplement or delete, at any time, any of the
    terms and conditions of this Agreement, any feature of the Game or the
    Service, hours of availability, content, data, software or equipment
    needed to access the Game or the Service, effective with or without
    prior notice…”

    So unless if you have a very different version of the license, I’d love to see it

  43. Neojames82
    July 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I guess technically Sega doesn’t have much involvement in this, kinda part of the problem when you think about it XD.

    Maybe Sega Of Japan is looking at this and maybe FINALLY they can let us over here in on the game…oh who am I trying to fool…

  44. Tusheer
    July 23, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Asiasoft is just that bad, to give you a picture, costumes in PSO2 JPN (Sega) are simply costumes and you get them from spending cash money, you can freely equip and unequip them and sell em without any problems, while in the Asiasoft version costumes are gained the same way, except that they bind upon equip, and they have game breaking stats like this http://i.imgur.com/yxZZEky.png

  45. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Could be, but Asiasoft have been terrible at handling all of the games they touch and it always ends up being p2win, I think Tusheer mentions it already/

    And Sega of Japan does know that we gaijins play their game and for the most part they don’t really care, I played it since launch (JPN version) and so they never banned my account and IP. But yeah, actually thought we were going to get it when Sega of NA says they want to “regain fan’s trust”, but instead more sanic boom…

  46. Kurumi
    July 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I don’t get the downvotes you are getting mang. You were right 5 hours ago.

  47. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    If you read post before you will see I use Asiasoft and no’t SEA, I use it for shortcut.

  48. Reggie Carr
    Reggie Carr
    July 23, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    im still able to play

  49. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    edits don’t appear until I refresh the website

  50. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I edit it for you, cos I see you have problems with grey liquid.

  51. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Nor main server and nor Sea one are their. But in Sea region Asiasoft manage games soft and in game content, but don’t have permissions to game server, SEGA have permissions to make changes as to games soft same to hardware.

  52. Nonscpo
    July 23, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    and who didn’t see this coming?

  53. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    So not only ignorant, but also incredibly shallow? Classic, even added the name calling and all that too. They block ALL of their games, not only pso2. MMOs DON’T WORK THAT WAY, your stupid soldier/commander analogy neither work nor fits in this context. And finally, its called Gray Matter, not grey liquid.

  54. Lays
    July 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    go play the jp version, much worthed then sea..

  55. Lays
    July 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    play the jp version

  56. Luna Kazemaru
    Luna Kazemaru
    July 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Lol man the comments blaming sega for this are amazing

  57. Leaanna
    July 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    It has nothing to do with PSO2? Are you kidding me? its the first official english version. Sega slapped us in the face by giving it to SEA before america. Americans helped make PSO popular in the first place on Dreamcast (alot of americans bought it) and they repay us for our loyalty this way?

  58. lRagna
    July 23, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Once again, the ip block is UNDER Asiasoft since SEGA has nothing to do with it, in fact Asiasoft told sega to ip block all the SEA players so they can’t join the JP server forcing them to play the SEA version because if you say that it’s SEGA responsbility then all of us would of been ip blocked since this game started and I started to play since the closed beta

  59. lRagna
    July 23, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    It’s the other way around, Asiasoft requested SEGA to IP block sea people so they are forced to play PSO2 SEA, and this IP block on PSO2 SEA is something that Asiasoft do with ALL the games they publish

  60. Leaanna
    July 23, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    everyone without a japanese IPaddress are in violation of TOS and could get banned

  61. lRagna
    July 23, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I know that, yet i’ve been playing since the closed beta and have some jp friends, pretty much all the true english community are playing in the JP version of the game and all the people i know from long time ago havent been banned

  62. Tusheer
    July 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    wow, talk about entitlement for something that’s questionable

  63. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I’ve been playing PSO2 JP since the beta and none of my English speaking friends were ever banned or IP blocked

  64. solbalmung
    July 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    They officially stated in their forums that it was Sega who requested the IP block, Im sure I saw it, I’ll look for the link. And its more logical for Sega to request it because they are keeping the license for further regions, now I don’t think any EU/US plublisher would want to make a contract with SEGA if most of its playerbase are already playing on the SEA server (the sole english version) because the EU/US servers took so long. Thats the main reason behind IP blocks on my humble opinion.

  65. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Ok, ok, SEA commands to SEGA to block IP… But I can play DC and CABAL from EU, just can’t access PSO2.
    And exactly liquid and why I use it just think a little.

  66. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    July 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    It works exactly that way and PSO2 isn’t first game with that problem, most of JMMO have this problems unlike French, German and US MMOs, also it may be caused by law in different countries and some games didn’t pass economical permissions..

  67. Ferrick
    July 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    That’s not what I said, and I don’t think I need to bother re-explaining anything anymore at this point, especially when your reading comprehension, knowledge of servers, and comprehension of human anatomy is severely limited. There’s no way I’m getting through that empty brain of yours.

  68. Yami
    July 23, 2015 at 9:07 pm


    …It’s not fair. ;~;

  69. Delidelidelideli
    July 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Wrong on all levels. SEGA is the one that issued the IP block. The IP block you’re talking about is standard licensing protocol and has nothing to do with the IP blocks in the SEA region. SEGA only blocks SEA from the JPN servers because there’s a version in SEA. There’s a reason why other games issue IP blocks for games with multiple versions, it’s to keep the money inside the region. Asiasoft’s license only cover the SEA region.
    SEGA doesn’t IP block every foreign IP, because PSO2 is owned by them. They won’t talk about it, but let it happen anyways.

  70. Immeis-sus in the Shade
    Immeis-sus in the Shade
    July 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Wellp. I played the game for a bit… It was fun :/

  71. Aditya Novianto
    Aditya Novianto
    July 23, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    perhaps sega ask you to play in jp server instead sea. with using some eng patch. :D

  72. ngus2angus
    July 23, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    nope. IP Block is requested by Asiasoft. Since Taiwan also got it’s own version of PSO2, and they can freely choose which server they want to play.

    You should see the chat in-game when some JP players wanted to go to Taiwan because some of items there looks cool lol

  73. none4you
    July 23, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    you sure?
    im pretty sure SEGA had them impliment the IP Block under license agreements
    source: http://forums.playpark.net/index.php?/topic/245576-usa-players-welcome/page__p__2846134#entry2846134
    and JP server implimented an IP block towards SEA because Asiasoft now has the rights to profit from the game in the SEA region. it also works as removing server stress in JP server because there is already a working server in SEA, not to mention SEGA would earn more from Asiasoft paying for the license.

    and i’m pretty sure SEGA JP told everyone outside japan to keep out of their server:

  74. none4you
    July 23, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    nope. they dont run it. but SEGA owns the IP.

    they can call shots because they own the rights to Phantasy Star. not Asiasoft.

  75. amc99
    July 24, 2015 at 12:25 am

    If this can help to make anyone feel a littlebit better, the game seems dead now anyways… not any ppl are playing it anymore. The lobby really are empty sometimes =(

  76. Tusheer
    July 24, 2015 at 12:31 am

    on that last paragraph, that was an update from 2012, which didn’t exactly went through because we could still play it, after that announcement was made. Satoshi Sakai, the producer of PSO2, acknowledges that foreigners do play the game and he expresses no intention of stopping us, unless if something that caused that rule to appear again were to happen.

  77. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 24, 2015 at 12:37 am

    But it was Asiasoft who suggested the IP Block, as games by Asiasoft always do IP Blocking. SEGA only granted the request

  78. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 24, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Yes they are, but Asiasoft has the right to magane the SEA version, including suggesting an IP Block for SEGA

  79. Code Xtreme
    Code Xtreme
    July 24, 2015 at 12:39 am

    What a liar, they do NOT bind..

  80. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 24, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Yeah but I can’t play the Vita version cos they still do IP blocking for SEA

  81. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 24, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Both are guilty but Asiasoft is the most responsible in the wrecked system

  82. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 24, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Tfw you have JP reg PSN on your vita but can’t play the japanese coz you live in SEA region

  83. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    July 24, 2015 at 12:50 am

    I knew that it isn’t SEGA who is the most responsible for this coz Asiasoft is the one behind the IP Blocking. For more proof you can see other games that were published by Asiasoft did IP blocking and they mostly failed on their games like Ragnarok 2, etc. Even on the forum you can only post 1 reply per day (?), and they do bad managing the game becoming just P2W.

    Anw SEGA must be aware of this bcos they made some many mistakes of these

  84. Tusheer
    July 24, 2015 at 1:48 am

    you sure you played the SEA version? Cause they do bind, this is the warning you get before wearing one


  85. Tusheer
    July 24, 2015 at 1:54 am

    actually never mind, it used to bind but was dropped post beta, but regardless the gamebreaking p2win costume stats are still there

  86. Phelan
    July 24, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Did you notice that I said “many many many years ago”?

    I was speaking about Sega Saturn Vs PSX. 20 years ago.

    Now SONY is making the same mistake with Vita. Jim Ryan (CEO of SCEE) just 3 months after release of Vita said that they don’t need to do anything because either way Vita will sell, and all that juicy Japanese content “wouldn’t resonate well in western world”.

    Of course the role of console maker in localization process is much smaller than it was in PSX era… but still… SCEE and SCEA are responsible for failure of Vita in western world just as Sega was responsible for failure of Saturn.

  87. DevilMayCry898
    July 24, 2015 at 5:40 am

    It’s not like the JPN Server welcomes Western Players either.

  88. Cheey
    July 24, 2015 at 7:18 am


  89. Cheey
    July 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Dafuq are u out of your mind?

  90. Joseph Orellana
    Joseph Orellana
    July 24, 2015 at 8:19 am

    the thing is I played from united states, i understand japanese both written and spoken never used mods or anything, quite sad that im blocked from the game, i have a few friends who moved to the states and the block applies to them as well which kinda sucks

  91. DwightParkman
    July 24, 2015 at 8:41 am


  92. none4you
    July 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    As a producer to his fans, that’s basically right.

    but SEGA as a company holds more than just Sakai. SEGA says, Sakai does. We all know Sakai wants everyone to play the game, but it’s a business to SEGA first.

    being able to play in the Japanese servers while that paragraph in the ToS remains is like a money tree with no responsibilities. you play even if they told you not to, removes them of any responsibilities to your problems of the game.

    remember that DDoS last year, and the solution they made after? it rendered the whole world outside japan unable to connect. Did they express the issue to the west or the rest of the world? no. did they actually care? no.

    only after a year and the network changes made it possible again to connect.

    sure we can play, but SEGA doesnt see us as customers. just money bags. once they get the money, they can screw with us and we have no right to complain.

  93. none4you
    July 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    wha? you think SEGA has no right to control their IP?

    even is Asiasoft manages the SEA server, it’s under the license agreement with SEGA. Asiasoft has the right to change things in the game to fit the region, this is called “localization”
    but anything SEGA tells Asiasoft, Asiasoft will follow. that’s because “Phantasy Star” is not Asiasoft’s, it’s an IP of SEGA. and SEGA states that IP block be made, so be it.

  94. Bumbayker
    July 24, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    You couldn’t be more further from the truth. You guys like to assume and speculate without even verifying or researching on it. You have no idea how regional licensing works. Asiasoft has a binding contract with SEGA that they can only cover the SEA region thus the IP block. If they lift the block or go beyond their area coverage that would be a breach of contract and refute their rights to the game.

  95. Tusheer
    July 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    it didn’t really render the whole world outside japan unable to connect, some ISPs were able to map through yahoo.jp’s weird IP addressing, and its no surprise that they don’t express the issue to the rest of the world because they don’t have the obligation too

  96. Bumbayker
    July 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    That image must have been taken during the CBT. Costumes or CAST parts don’t bind since OBT began over a year ago.

    Those costumes with abilities are NOT P2W and you guys are blowing it out of proportion. There’s no PVP or direct competition with another player so who the heck are you winning against? You just have no idea because you’ve never experienced it. Even Taiwan and Thailand servers have them. Heck JP server would have implemented it if it weren’t for the recent change in their anti-gambling laws a few years ago.


    So please stop spreading misinformation about SEA server and do some research first.

  97. Bumbayker
    July 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Sakai is just the game producer. He doesn’t make the policies. No one outside Japan is welcomed to the JP server regardless is it has an IP block or not. It clearly says so in their ToS so it doesn’t matter. There are already been many foreign players who have their account banned for playing outside or even speaking English or even a character/player ID in English. So please don’t pretend that its a global server.

  98. Tusheer
    July 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    yeah i acknowledged it above that it stopped after OBT, PSO2Thailand is handled by Asiasoft as well, so no surprises there, and beanfun is handling the Taiwanese version, so again, no surprises here.

    And if you have played the game, you would know that the stats are simply cheating because it boosts your stats to ungodly proportions, with the additions of the rare drop boost, and yes there is competition in pso2, but you have no idea because you have never experienced it,

    So do some research first and stop being ignorant

  99. Tusheer
    July 24, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    never said that it was a global server, and the team knows that foreigners are already playing their game. and i speak english in game since the very first beta and so far nothing went wrong with my account nor the people i know who speak english regularly

  100. Othman Mohd Said
    Othman Mohd Said
    July 25, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I’m reading all the comments…literally….and I was like….fight….fight….FIGHT !!!! Though I was really hoping to play with the westerners. They seemed pretty psyched to me in the lobby.

  101. Sycho Soldier
    Sycho Soldier
    July 25, 2015 at 11:10 am

    so many hateful comments…why all this hate? So what, they IP blocked it again. There are always ways around ip blocks. Even if the vpn usage that was working before is now not, there will most likely be another way around it soon enough…but now switching the subject here. If the players do a charge-back and get their money back, it will just prove that Sega will know that players from america were on those servers when they shouldn’t have been…sure it might show that we really want the game in English, but it will also show that we are not afraid to break rules….it might entice them toward making the game for america, or it might just push them even further away….either way, im going to be looking forward to the results of the situation.

  102. Juju
    July 26, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    it is ok you can play the GOOD version, the one that doesnt ip block you and has actual GOOD FONT

  103. Bumbayker
    July 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Nope. You’re the ignorant retard. I’ve been playing PSO2 SEA for well over a year now and I know how it works. You on the other hand have never even tried them. They are not cheating and hardly gives you a huge advantage. I know many players who have those costumes including myself and the boost are so insignificant that we went back to using our old costumes. I said once and I’ll say it again. YOU ARE BLOWING IT OUT OF PROPORTION. Before you spew shit get your facts straight first.

  104. Vince Metzler
    Vince Metzler
    July 29, 2015 at 12:03 am

    You’re defending a worse experience. Stockholm Syndrome much?

    Why not grab the Tweaker and play the game as intended rather than with this mandatory nickle-and-dime crap?

  105. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    August 5, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    There is a Contract, that Asiasoft is Publisher of the game in SEA region (SEA Region, South East Asia Region) and not in West (EU, NA, Africa atc…) Regions, and there is just one company who can change this rule named SEGA. Asiasoft does what they should : Brings game to SEA region (once again for slow people – South East Asia Region, it’s not North America or Europe, it’s South East Asia)…

  106. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    August 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Asiasoft responsible just to brinhg this game in to SEA region (SEA – South East Asia) and not in NA or EU regions. And they do they job, It’s Contract SEGA+Asiasoft that Asiasoft will publish game in SEA region and they are doing it as well. If you want to change Contract rules contact SEGA cos they are OWNERS of the Software and who can bring this game or give responsibility to someone to publish this game in West is just SEGA. Asiasoft is just publisher in SEA (once again if you don’t know what is SEA – South East Asia) and can do nothing with that contract, if SEGA will give them permissions to publish game in EU or NA they probably will do so, but now they can just publish this game legally just in SEA region.

  107. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    August 5, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    IKR dude, Asiasoft is SEA only

  108. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    August 5, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Exactly, that’s rule that Asiasoft can’t brake without SEGA permissions. Contract and law.

  109. Renaldi Saputra
    Renaldi Saputra
    August 5, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    I just think that they were the one who suggested SEGA to do IP blocking for SEA region

  110. George Khifiani
    George Khifiani
    August 6, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I think you don’t understand how that thing works, it’s not a suggestion, it’s contract and law, also there are different economical politics in different regions, it’s not first game with region block.
    On Steam there are minimum 10 game that are blocked for my region (Georgia, Tbilisi), but it’s not steams fault, devs made some sort of economical politics that is for example restricted in current region. Also it can be price politics, for example in my region same games and in game content is x3 time cheaper than in USA and x4 time than in EU, so game owners decide to bring this project here or by prices like are in US/EU or block Region/IPs.
    It’s law side problem, Asiasoft opens IP once, but in contract they are publishers just in SEA, so they don’t have permissions to publish game in other regions, I hope that SEGA want to find publishers in west (SEGA is owner), but Asiasoft have no permissions to publish this game in West nowadays, just SEGA can change this part of contract. I think they made a test on PING and understand that most of players will have huge PING and uncomfortable gameplay in SEA region and hope SEGA will finally start finding Publishers in Western regions EU/NA.
    Asiasoft is just middle part of that story, things like that are SEGAs problem and they must fix it, they promised to bring this game to the West, but so many years left and no news, SEGA is responsible for this and SEA publisher is just a pawn in the global economic and political game jurisprudence. I don’t say nothing bad, just SEGA should work on this. Asiasoft must publish this game in SEA and they are doing it as well as they want, all other regions are not under their competence.

  111. Leaanna
    October 17, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Its in the Terms of service. Thats reason enough to not get invested in the game.

  112. Leaanna
    October 17, 2015 at 3:28 am

    As a costumer that has stuck with sega from the beginning i expect to be treated fairly atleast.

  113. Cem Anaral
    Cem Anaral
    October 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I cannot find any words to say.. just..

  114. Töbías
    February 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    So …. this is only for PSO SEA? or is for PSO2 jp ?
    i was baout to download PSO jp, using VPN and suddenly ended herer
    while searching if the jp version has ip block …

  115. Ardyanto Destino Syabana
    Ardyanto Destino Syabana
    March 10, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Funny thing is despite the existence of SEA server, there are still like many SEA players who becomes an immigrant to JP server and made it impossible to ban them since they’re using tweakers unless you publicly chat in non-Japanese language or uses a VPN

  116. Boobven
    June 2, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Almost all SEA servers are applied IP block. Sometimes VPN won’t work. So you should pick one best VPN with multiple SEA servers. SEA server don’t love me, so I am playing PSO2 JP server, anyone want to join PSO2 JP server read guidance here http://bit.ly/1srfrUA

  117. Alif Putra Ramadhan
    Alif Putra Ramadhan
    May 24, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Now with PSO2 SEA is about to “die” (26th may, if you don’t know), then what will happen? .-.)