I agree, and that's why I'm concerned that Phantasy Star Online 2 Meseta the health of Phantasy Star Online 2 at launch will be somewhat poor, because it's a Xbox One exclusive. Till we get a PC release it might be months following Xbox release. Hopefully the PC release is able to revitalize Phantasy Star Online 2 enough to keep it alive, presuming the Xbox launch is as lifeless as I envision it being. Perhaps I'm being overly pessimistic and do not know Xbox userbase enough, however I really don't watch Phantasy Star Online 2 with multiple thousand users months on US Xbox.
There is no reason not to go play with it now and get the enthusiast dictionary if you're itching to play it. You will get banned for logging in from so that you do not need a VPN, someplace that is not Japan. The translation covers most of everything up to chapter 4 so you dont have to know any Japanese at all. Phantasy Star Online 2 is at a fantastic spot at the moment and it is fun though it's not at all like the original PSO (theres a good thing for the most part). It is free, so you have nothing to loose. Dont get overly invested because you will not have the ability to transfer advancement to the NA version.
Some things need 12+ people to conquer, but a very large chunk (possibly the majority) could be performed solo. I played Phantasy Star Online 2 with just one other person and there was always something. Granted, we only ever played Super Hard, and not the Ultra Hard mode (all quests have difficulty options, so technically if you want to solo stuff you could play everything on easy lol). In terms of grind, I really don't know the release is but PSO2 is rather in the Sunset stage. Just a couple more years of support probably. Therefore, they're boosting the hell from gamers, passing out countless EXP and Meseta (cash ). Near all gear can be purchased for in game cash, or you may complete missions for certificates which give high end gear to you.
It's definitely grindy, and your definition of"solo friendly" depends on your definition of solo. That being said, if you're not joining a team as there are plenty of bonuses and rewards that have handed out cheap PSO2 Meseta for being on a 41, you are doing it wrong, and will be punished for it.