SEGA recently announced Phantasy Star Online 2, giving us just a glimpse, at TGS last year. What they did show disappointed some console owners, it was only listed for Windows PC. Now its time for use to tell you why this game needs to be on consoles.
SEGA has starved the console fanbase
Phantasy Star Universe came out in 2006, almost five years ago. Even though the game had a lot of hype and lots of old fans were super excited, the game mostly received negative marks and lots of fans decided to stick with the original on private servers.
In those five years since Universe came out, SEGA have found a strong market in Japan for the franchise with their Phantasy Star Portable games on the PSP. Both of which have sold over one million units in Japan alone. The third game in the series Phantasy Star Portable 2:Infinity will release this year.
It is obvious that most of SEGA’s Phantasy Star userbase now-a-days owns a handheld and most handheld owners will probably find it easier to move to a console than a full gaming PC. Just makes sense and is an easier upgrade, if the fans have to, to get into the new ‘big’ Phantasy Star game.
Final Fantasy XIV sucked and is delayed on PS3
Square Enix has already released their popular MMO franchise on PC, but it received really low ratings, thus the publisher delayed the PS3 one even further and has even issued an apology. Lots of fans got angry at Square-Enix over the game and moved on to other games, at least PC gamers.
I remember playing Phantasy Star Universe, the month it came out and most of the users on the game were Final Fantasy XI regulars who bought the game to try something new. I actually played the game regularly with them, but sadly they did not last. They said that even though they had fun, there was not enough content to warrant the monthly price tag.
So yes, they left back to FFXI, but this time SEGA is in the position to deliver a bigger, better game with more content to draw in crowds from underwhelming games, like Final Fantasy XIV. Since Final Fanatasy XI was the biggest MMO from Japan, striking them on all platforms when they are down is something SEGA should really do.
Console gamers hungry for MMOs
Yes, I know that technically Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe isn’t ‘considered’ an MMO, but most users feel that it is. It might not have the big over world like World of Warcraft, but most publications still consider it a ‘MMO game’. Who knows, maybe Phantasy Star Online 2 will feature a massive over world. If so, I think its the right move for the franchise because console gamers want these type of games.
Sony recently released the first big ‘MMO’ on consoles this generation, DC Universe Online. The game was delayed so long, that I just assumed it would fail horribly when it did come out, quite the opposite happen. Sony braced servers for big traffic, when the game came out, users reported that all servers where full. What happens now? Sony has to put up more servers. If that was not enough, the game sold out in most Europe shops.
The best part is that DC Universe Online tries to play like an action game, just like a game I’m writing an article about. (hint: Phantasy Star Online)
Pay-to-play PC games are failing
[Lord of the Rings Online recently went Free-to-play]
Yes, you have your smashing success stories like World of Warcraft, but sadly, lots of big budgeted MMOs, which are pay-to-play are failing terribly. Most of them have a big IP to back them up and have turned into free to play titles or canceled all together.
The obvious is that most games just can’t compete with World of Warcraft. Sure some MMOs find success, but they will just be a speck compared to the behemoth that is WOW’s userbase.
If SEGA thinks they can pull PC users, to come and pay for their game on PC, they are delusional. Maybe they will get a good following in Japan, but in America? I wouldn’t count on it. Not after big titles like Lord of the Rings Online and many others have fallen victim to WOW. Not to mention, the only reason Phantasy Star Universe had a fallowing was because they released it on PS2 and 360, the 360 only servers being the biggest.
Phantasy Star fans owns consoles, which leads me to my next point…
Phantasy Star Online was created for consoles
How can you have a sequel only on PC, when the original game was made to run on the Dreamcast, a console? It was a console game, from the first day it came out. This is probably the number one reason SEGA should release it on a console, how are you going to release an anniversary game for a game that changed online gaming on consoles, exclusively to the PC?
Most users will say that the game should come out for a SEGA console then, since the Dramcast was a SEGA console. I agree, but won’t happen. Nothing wrong with having a Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 port of the game. I’m sure many fans will appreciate this. Not only that, it will rake in more sales, as proven above that the PC market is flooded with MMOs and console games want their fix of these types of games.
If SEGA ignores all of this, just read this “3 platforms > 1 platform”. Thank you.Ad: