If you look at the japanese and american release dates of PSO, PSU etc, its usually about 2 months apart or so.
So don't expect the game tomorrow or something. The premium boxed edition comes out in sept, and in a week or so the mines level is being released. They might hold of on a NA release, even if all the text is already translated on their end, until they have a good deal more content for players to work with.
Right now the situation for the japanese launch, is kinda like they opted to get the game to the fans sooner, while they continue developing the main body of the games content.
If there is a NA release, I would say at least 6 months from now, but if I had to guess the earliest, september. If they waited six months it would be a much stronger offering, given the crazy amazing as hell things they will of released by the end of this next fall.
Some might think sega can just translate the text and leave the JP voice work in, but thats really not how professional gaming companies like sega roll. Their US marketing dept would never hear of such a thing, because they feel it would alienate 'a broader audience' to have moonspeak voice acting and forcing the player to read etc. Its just not 'accessible' enough so it wont happen that way.
Yet another reason I'll stay on the JP servers regardless, cuz you know the voice acting is gonna be cringeworthy. I just hope the client gets an update to select english in the drop down, thats all I want or need.
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