Relic Working on Localizing a Japanese MMORPG: is Phantasy Star Online 2 Finally Coming West?

on December 28, 2013 1:53 AM

A new career opportunity ad from Sega and Relic Entertainment has some interesting information about the fact that the development studio acquired after the demise of THQ is working on the localization of a MMORPG developed in Japan.

Here’s the text of the ad (that was discovered by NeoGaf user Nirolak) with the relevant text bolded.

Server Engineer

Programming/Engineering | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | 12/23/2013

Relic Entertainment, a wholly owned studio of SEGA, is the award winning RTS developer of HomeworldDawn of War and Company of Heroes, among other games.  Relic was founded on the premise that it is entirely possible to ship first class, genre altering, AAA titles, and have a life. Relic is based out of beautiful Vancouver, Canada, a city that has breath-taking mountain and ocean views, along with snowboarding and skiing, golfing year-round and amazing hiking trails. If you love games, enjoy working collaboratively with smart, creative people, and have diverse personal interests outside of work – you’ll enjoy our culture.

What you will be doing

  • Ramp up and perform due diligence on an existing live MMO project in development in Japan, embedded with the live team
  • Gain full understanding of the game and code architecture, content authoring pipelines, build and deployment process, engineering process, and current code status
  • Establish working relationships with key members of Japanese development team
  • Participate in and contribute to minor/peripheral engineering tasks on the project, as well as in daily project planning, code reviews, release process, etc.
  • Create/translate documentation of existing code modules, tools, processes and work flows
  • Prepare regular status and activity reports to Producer
  • Prepare a full written project evaluation 

What you should have 

  • 5+ years’ engineering experience from PC client/server based MMO development
  • Ability to spend extended (3+ months) periods of time on-site in Tokyo
  • Ideally fluent in Japanese and English languages
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


The only Japanese MMORPG currently live in Sega’s portfolio is Phantasy Star Online 2. Is the game finally getting a western localization?

Unfortunately no official announcement has been made yet, but it would be long overdue. We have contacted Sega to see if they have any relevant information to give. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything straight from the lion’s mouth.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.