For some reason, I thought SEGA already made this announcement. Not the Fall 2010 date, but the “it is coming west.” Seriously, I was expecting a summer release date.
Fall? A bit too close to heavy hitters, no? If it is coming this fall, I hope SEGA at least tries to market it. Protip: make ‘pirates’ and people that buy it used pay for a key to play online. Piracy on PSP is really bad and I want the game to do well.
Press release after the break
SEGA ANNOUNCES WESTERN RELEASE OF PHANTASY STAR PORTABLE 2
The Phantasy Star Universe Saga Continues with Exciting PSP Exclusive Sequel
LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (21st May 2010) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America Inc. today announced that Phantasy Star™ Portable 2, the sci-fi role-playing game exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system is coming to North America and Europe. Explore the universe of SEGA’s critically acclaimed and best selling RPG franchise in this second installment of the Phantasy Star™ portable series. The game returns to its roots by offering an online multiplayer component in addition to its robust single-player action adventure. Now gamers can meet other players, strike up alliances and embark on a huge variety of online quests in Phantasy Star™ Portable 2 anywhere, anytime.
“The Phantasy Star franchise is famous for its online pedigree, so we are pleased to deliver this functionality to gamers on the move with Phantasy Star Portable 2,” said Gary Knight, European Marketing Director, SEGA Europe Ltd. “The extensive online multiplayer offering will allow gamers to expand and share their experiences with other players around the world.”
Phantasy Star Portable 2 takes place three years after the exciting Phantasy Star Universe saga. With the great menace of the Seed now defeated, the people of the Gurhal System are confronted with dwindling resources. Returning the game to its online roots, Phantasy Star Portable 2 connects up to 4 players online via Ad-Hoc and Infrastructure mode, allowing gamers and fans to play with their friends via the internet wherever they are. In addition to the online capabilities, Phantasy Star Portable 2 offers a new in-depth storyline, enhanced combat system, new weapons and character customisation options that combine to form one of the most extensive RPGs ever created for the Playstation® Portable.
Phantasy Star™ Portable 2 will be available in Autumn 2010 exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system. For press information and assets please visit the www.sega-press.com.Ad: