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It’s no secret by now that everyone is getting restless over PSO2, but it seems that you’ll have to hold off even longer now that Sega has announced that PSO2 is officially delayed.
It’s been months of silence since Sega announced that PSO2 would be localized for western audiences, but now at least we have some word. Earlier, Sega shared this news to Polygon, stating “originally slated for an early 2013 launch, Sega can officially confirm that PSO2 has been delayed. We don’t have any specifics but will update everyone as soon as there are more details to share.”
It looks like we may have the same problems with PSU, with content being a year behind Japan. Are you still excited for the release, or have you pretty much given up on PSO2 by now? I’ll definitely still play the western release, but I will still tend to my Japanese account when I can.
To commemorate the Phantasy Star series 25th anniversary Sega have decided to go all out with a full blown orchestra concert. This Japan-only exclusive show (conducted by Masamichi Amano, and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra) will cover the entire spectrum of this series, giving one of gamings most recognisable RPG franchise’s a proper celebration. The concert itself will feature 10 different songs, and if that wasn’t enough reason to go everyone coming will receive exclusive music themed items for hugely popular Phantasy Star Online 2!
Above you can see the trailer for the concert which mainly just shows off the new items available at the concert. The event itself will take place on March 30th in the Hibiya Public Hall, Tokyo, and is sure to be a blast for all involved! Who knows maybe if they like it enough in Japan it’ll make it’s way over to the West… right? Right? Right?!!
Phantasy Star Complete Collection was an exceedingly rare, Japan-exclusive compilation of several classic and hard-to-find games from Sega’s iconic RPG series. Other than the lesser GBA game Phantasy Star Collection, which only included the first three games in the series, we’ve never seen an impressive Sega Ages collection like this one out West.
I suppose it makes sense then that Japan is exclusively getting Complete Collection as a downloadable PS2 Classic on PSN. For just 800 yen ($10), RPG fans will be able to play Phantasy Star I, II, III, and IV; Phantasy Star Text Adventure for the Genesis; as well as Phantasy Star Adventure and Phantasy Star Gaiden for the Game Gear.
As someone who has always wanted to play both of those Game Gear games, I have to say: no words can accurately describe my jealously right now.
Sega has announced a new update for Phantasy Star Online 2 in Japan titled “Destroyer of History.” This update will include:
- A new area based on ruins of a past civilization for players level 25 or higher
- Brand new enemies and a new boss character
- A new item called the ExCube which is gained by gaining experience after receiving the level cap. This item can then be exchanged for certain in-game items.
- A new shop for exchanging Photon drops
It’s great to see Sega continuing to update and support PSO2. With the success it’s been in Japan, I can’t wait to see how the game fares in the West next year.
Today marks a momentous occasion for Sega’s successful MMO Phantasy Star Online 2 as it received its one millionth member. To celebrate, Sega have announced a selection of prizes that will be awarded to a lucky 100 players that log on between October 17th and November 7th. The glamorous prizes up for grabs are as follows:
- Two Alienware M14x laptops with a Phantasy Star Online 2 design
- Phantasy Star 25th anniversary concert tickets
- Phantasy Star 25th Anniversary Sound Collection CDs
- Posters signed by the PSO2 development team
- One million ID celebration t-shirts
This is great news for Sega, and it’s nice to hear that they’re giving something back to the loyal Phantasy Star fans, at least the Japanese ones. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be made available in Western territories in early 2013.
Just like the PC version, the Vita port of Phantasy Star Online 2 will follow the same free-to-play structure and be downloadable off of the Japanese PlayStation Store for free once released. Unfortunately, there’s been no official announcement of the Vita version making it’s way to the West but with the PC version already confirmed I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Vita one make it’s way over as well.
In addition to the free-to-play confirmation a few other details were revealed about the Vita port:
- Vita players will be able to play with PC players on certain “ships” in the game.
- Only one PSO 2 account will be allowed per memory card.
- Based on user demand popular mags might evolve into a girl. Wait… what?
Along with it’s legions of fans on PC, Sega can expect a new crowd of Phantasy Star Online 2 fans for Vita and the iOS/Android market when it launches soon. With this news comes the trailers for these particular versions which were released recently at the Tokyo Game Show.
It was also detailed that the smartphone version (entitled Phantasy Star Online 2 es) will not have the functionality of the Vita version which will be able to link up to the PC game for multiplayer fun. The trailer for which (viewable after the jump) explains the touch screen interface and key features exclusive to the system. The expected Japanese release date has been set for next Spring while Phantasy Star Online 2 es will come out late this year. These portable versions however do not have a release date for the US or Europe but you can expect the Western PC release of next Spring. Until then you can drool over these sweet trailers!
I couldn’t resist, I’m sorry. But once you see the pictures in Sega’s most recent Flickr update you will agree that they are kickin’ or whatever the kids say these days. There are a few pictures of the last days of the Phatansy Star Universe servers (*tear), but the real impressive screenshots are the NiGHTS HD and Christmas NiGHTS HD selections. It really is exciting to see a game from the age of jagged polygons in such vivid and smooth textures. I have already happily changed my desktop wallpaper. The Sonic Adventure 2 screenshots are equally impressive with the widescreen showing just how big the game really is with its giant boss battles and open worlds to explore. Is it somewhat sad that I am more excited for these re-releases than any of the “triple-A titles” releasing this fall? I don’t think so. What about you?
Sega’s free-to-play sequel to the original Phantasy Star Online has officially topped 900,000 registered users in Japan. That’s a pretty impressive number considering the game’s only been out since July and has yet to be released outside of Japan. Hopefully, those 900,000 users turn this game into a success for Sega as I’d love to see it succeed.
The user base will likely only continue to grow in Japan with and Android & iOS version coming out this winter and the Vita version arriving next year.
While it’s still not out in this region Phantasy Star Online 2 has been making it big in Japan and expanding in every way possible. And with new players comes new goodies as Sega are going to add three entirely new classes to the recently released MMO. In mid-September the Fighter, Gunner and Techer classes will be added and made unlockable once you surpass level 30 and perfect your skills in a specific type of weaponry.
Which new class you will unlock depends on the character you’ve already levelled up. Reaching 30 in the Hunter class and gaining skill with leightweight weapons for example gets you the Fighter class who can use Double Sabers, Knuckles, Gunslash and Twin Draggers. Doing the same with the Ranger class unlocks the Gunner who can use Twin Machine Guns, Gunslash and the Chain Trigger attack. And finally achieving the same with the Force class unlocks the Techer class who can use Dark Light and Wind Technics along with Gunslash again. Word on the street is they can also use wands!
Phantasy Star Online 2 is still expecting release over here, and I’m personally betting that we’ll be seeing a bunch of more content before it’s launch. But that’s just me. Either way we’ll keep you posted as the game reaches Western shores.
[Source: Game Connect]