Lets hope Steam launch replaces gameguard with VAC, because holy fuck that malware of a"you cant play despite no incompatible programs in error log files and nprotect support tells you to turn off gaming solutions and xbox app services necessary TO BLOODY RUN Phantasy Star Online 2" piece of shit can rot.Don't count on it... SEGA's been loyal to GameGuard ever since Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst days + Lots of MMOs on Steam do use third party anti-cheat applications like Xigncode and all that sort of thing. The best chance to get rid of it would have been on the MS Store but it seems through some hacky method or Microsoft making an exclusion they were able to execute it so... yea. Releasing on Steam is probably not going to change much.
Together with it being released on shops such as steam, that means there's a chance for it to come out on PS4/PS5 and Turn down the line. If only the switch version was good. PSO2 on switch is just a streamed version of Phantasy Star Online 2 and the input lag is really bad.To be fair, can it be bad for individuals playing it where it's intended to be participant? Or can it be bad for people on the side of the world trying to play with a game streamed out of Japan? Japan on average has better internet speeds compared to the US, and is also a lot bigger, so in case the servers are like in Chicago or Dallas then a person from say, California would likely have a much higher ping than you would get from probably just about anyplace in Japan playing Japanese servers.
We can dream, even although it's unlikely that there will be a ps4/5 version in NA, or when there's it'll be an entirely different ecosystem, because the recent characters are tied to a Xbox live account. Given how hard it is to get Sony and Microsoft to play nice together, I doubt we'll have the ability to log in to our Xbox accounts Playstation any time soon, and that I doubt they'll execute a new account to tie your personalities to only so we can log into there.If so, I will point out that in all fairness, that is Minecraft. It among the gaming properties in the world at this point, so constraints that apply in the instances of games will get effort put into being bypassed if there's enough demand there.
Well I'm bummed, I wanted to play the NA version but I am having a wide range of issues on PC. I tried installing it through the MS Shop on a secondary drive and it dumped a bunch of files from the main directory of this drive (probably MS Store stuff) and then some info in my Documents directory. I uninstalled it and it didn't seem to remove anything, and that I had to fiddle around with permissions to get the stuff to delete. Anyhow I'm frustrated that Microsoft can not work out how to install apps without dumping crap it wants. I guess I'll check in on Phantasy Star Online 2 again in a month.
There appears to be a (currently ) known issue with the Windows Store about installing on drives aside from the system drive. If you're prepared to give it yet another try, I would recommend using PSO2 Tweaker. That supports installing on drives. If you go this route, you'll want to join the PSO2 Discord machine and browse the directions on doing as it is somewhat wonky. I rebooted my computer and it's downloading from the MS Store. I saw that the PSO2 Tweaker devs added support for NA link, so I'm going to try it with the initial download from the MS shop and see if Tweaker will update it. I started the PSO2 Tweaker I just downloaded today and it is downloading and installing the NA version for me. Neat!
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