Phantasy Star Online 2 Headed StatesideYes, it's true!07.09.12 - 11:32 AM
Sega has announced that their recently-released free-to-play title Phantasy Star Online 2
will be headed to both the United States and Europe in 2013. According to an entry in the Official Sega Blog
Phantasy Star Online 2 will find players joining the "Arks" organization as part of the Oracle Fleet – a group of spaceships traveling through the far reaches of the galaxy, with the mission to explore and research newly discovered planets. The game recaptures the sense of adventure and discovery of the original PSO, with players finding their way through uncertain territory while working together — the game is designed so you can adventure alone and explore at your own pace, but has a heavy emphasis on teamwork as well, making unprecedented group encounters possible.
Starting the game in a central hub reminiscent of the original PSO, players will find join a futuristic living space with the chance to learn about their missions, meet other players, and set off to explore challenging new worlds. Embark on the game’s story, and encounter the mysterious D-Arkers — a malevolent force challenging those who would venture into the depths of space.
Together, intrepid players may be able to unravel the mysteries of Phantasy Star, but one thing is for sure: from Rappies to MAGs; from player housing to massive boss encounters, with teamwork and skillful action combat, Phantasy Star is back to provide all new worlds of adventure.
With that backstory, players will find familiarity in PSO2 - there are newman, humans, and CASTs playable in the standard three classes, Forces, Hunters, and Rangers. There's still a lot of details that have yet to be revealed for the US: what the pricing system will be like, whether or not the mobile app or Vita version of the game will come stateside, and whether or not international play will be available.
We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.