Now, to complete our show, we turn our focus to Phantasy Star Online 2, which recently arrived at the West two years following the release of the Dreamcast first -- and eight long years after PSO 2's release in Japan. Additionally, Sega has announced a brand new, open-world PSO 2 upgrade called New Genesis, due out in 2021. This update has been published instead of a brand new episode to deliver the 8-year-old movie engine up to date, worldwide. Details on New Genesis are light right now, but Sega says it will reveal more in the Tokyo Game Show timeframe after this year.
We recently talked to Yuji Nakazawa, PSO two North America manufacturer, in regards to the game's long-awaited coming from the West. Polygon: Please introduce yourself and on your own words explain your role on the PSO 2 team. I've been off and on of this group. I started with Phantasy Star Universe in Japan and then also [worked on] the launch 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 launch of PSO 2, that was released prior to the U.S. version. So I'm sort of this localization specialist. Is it a relief now that PSO 2 is finally from the West, for most of the English-speaking PSO fans who have been asking for it for ages? There's a sense of relief [since ] there was a lot of preparation that went to the development; for example, Sega U.S. and Sega Japan took polls in the fans about what they wanted in the game. But as an internet game, I believe the real challenge is in maintaining the service moving forward. So in February, we had the closed beta, and there was an unexpectedly large number of participants. We heard a great deal of players say they have been waiting eight long years for this launch. We were very pleased about that.
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