Pso2 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Pso2 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Phantasy Star Online 2 Heading to Southeast Asia in English Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:19:51 -0400 Ashley Shankle

While we over here are waiting for Sega to release Phantasy Star Online 2 in North America, Southeast Asia is getting its very own English server courtesy of publisher Asiasoft. No release date has been given just yet, but we can at least take solace in the fact that there is an English version on the way.

The Japanese version of Phantasy Star Online 2 has more than 1.7 million players, including those native to Japan and people overseas playing with guides. The game is consistently being updated, as it is one of the biggest games in the country.

While the Southeast Asian server will suffice for some time, provided there are no IP restrictions, when will Sega finally be bringing the game to the West? They initially announced the game for an early 2013 release, but have since pushed it back and been silent for the most part.

Are we going to see Phantasy Star Online 2 in the West this year at all? We'll have to continue to wait for Sega to make their move, but an English release in another territory such as the Southeast Asian release may be a good sign.

Differences Between Phantasy Star Online 2 PC and Vita Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:06:22 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Phantasy Star Online 2 heading to the Vita is exciting news for fans. As would be expected in a port of a large game to a handheld, there are going to be some changes to the Vita version that are going to change the overall experience that you should know about before getting too excited.

But still, you should get excited.

Satoshi Sakai, the games producer, spoke with Japanese site 4Gamer (according to Phantasy Star Fan Blog) about some of the changes coming in the port. And no, they're not expanding the scope of the game. This a port from PC to handheld we're talking here.

Luckily, the changes are all simply to make Phantasy Star Online 2 run smoothly on the Vita.

Fans can expect smaller maps and less enemies on screen to ensure the game runs smooth as butter. This might sound terrible, but the smaller scope of the maps will allow players to encounter and fight enemies more quickly. That is a plus.

PC players will have the same experience as Vita users when using the cross-play servers.

This is a far better option than having huge chunks of content taken out of the game -- though we will have to wait to see exactly how much smaller the scope of PSO2 will be.

PSO2 for the PC is currently live in Japan and is thriving at over 1,000,000 registered users. A portion of those users are English-speaking, as the Phantasy Star fanbase is more than a little dedicated. Those interested can look for English tutorials online to get into and enjoy the game almost to its fullest.

The PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released on February 28 in Japan and will be free via the PSN, meaning English-speaking players familiar with the game already will be able to get in on the Vita action relatively easily.

Source: Siliconera

Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to Vita for Free Sat, 24 Nov 2012 14:33:57 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Phantasy Star Online has a place in every Dreamcast owner's heart. The Dreamcast is dead (RIP, sweet prince), but Phantasy Star Online 2 on the PC is alive and kicking some serious butt in Japan. The game has more than one million players, and it's coming to Vita for some portable (and free!) adventure.

Despite being in Japanese, PSO2 has a dedicated English-speaking playerbase. You can bet that anyone with a Vita who enjoys this game, no matter what country they are in, is going to download and play it portably.

What's most exciting is that the server between the Vita and PC versions of Phantasy Star Online 2 will be shared, so you can play the same characters on either platform.

While the game itself is free, there will be a special paid edition for those looking for extra goodies. These goodies span from costumes and weapons to a CD with music from Phantasy Star Portable 1 and 2. You can check out the whole list over at Siliconera.

The free Vita download and the special edition will be available on February 28, 2013. Hopefully we'll get Phantasy Star Online 2 in English one day. Please, Sega?