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Rumour: Relic possibly working on localising PSO2

On January 5, 2014 by Aaron Meehan

Rumour is beginning to spread that Relic Entertainment are working on localising Sega’s PC MMO Phantasy Star Online 2, after the company posted a job opening that stated that the applicant would be working on an existing Japanese MMO.

The rumour comes from Negogaf user Nirolak, who made a thread showing off the job description.

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 Homeworld, Dawn 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

You can find the application on the recruitment site, Jobvite.

Ever since Sega announced that they planned to bring the MMO to North America and Europe in 2012 fans have been patiently waiting for the game, but after the promised release date of early 2013 passed without a localisation in sight people began to lose hope in seeing it. What compounded the issue was the fact Sega has promised updates, but never delivered them.

Only time will really tell if this rumour turns out to be true.

Relic Entertainment was bought by Sega on January 22, 2013 after THQ went bankrupt.

Source: Dualshockers

Author: Aaron Meehan

Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.


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