Phantasy Star Online 2 Bans Overseas Players. Sorry Foreigners! [Update]

Players outside of Japan have been enjoying online role-playing game Phantasy Star Online 2. Those days are over. Until its Western release, the game is now Japan only.

Sega updated its terms of usage today, dropping this bombshell for PS02 players outside Japan: "Connecting to the game server through the installed software is restricted to domestically located computer terminals. It's prohibited to directly connect to the server from outside Japan as well as to route a connection from outside the country through domestic computer terminals."

Until now, it was possible to log in to Phantasy Star Online 2 from outside the country. It's unclear why Sega decided to restrict this.

Last month, Phantasy Star Online 2 was hacked and non-playable characters were moved about as some sort of prank. The hackers were allegedly non-Japanese players.

Update: According to several Kotaku readers, it's still possible to log in outside Japan after the maintenance and notice.

利用規約改定のお知らせ [PSO2 via GlitterBerri]