So it seems that it is confirmed that it will have new playable races, new planets and new character classes. More of everything you want, this Summer… While we wait in America for them to port the non-expansion packed version. Get on it SEGA West, stop delaying it.
Are you one of the many people waiting for the Western release of Phantasy Star Online 2? Well there is some good news, SEGA has stated that the game has been delayed. This might not be the fantastic news you wanted, but in the end at least SEGA is mentioning the intention of still releasing it.
“Originally slated for an early 2013 launch, Sega can officially confirm that PS02 has been delayed. We don’t have any specifics but will update everyone as soon as there are more details to share.”
Well, all I hope is that the title is ready before summer so it can eat all my hours and make me depressed come October.
The Weekly Five has made its most triumphant return this week. Since this month marks the 25th Anniversary of the Phantasy Star franchise, I decided to talk about my five favorite moments in its history. So hit the jump and let’s talk Phantasy Star.
SEGA will be celebrating Phantasy Star‘s 25th anniversary on March 30th, they will be holding a one night symphonic tribute to the franchise and promises big special guest and music pieces from most major Phantasy Star titles. The event will be hosted by voice actress Atsuko Enomoto and legendary SEGA developer Yuji Naka. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra will be doing the music and will be conducted by Masamichi Amano. In a play on words, SEGA will call the event ‘Sympathy‘.
SEGA will be advertising and sell a lot of exclusive music item codes at the event that will unlock in Phantasy Star Online 2. Sounds like a fun time. No news on streams or if it will be released after.
Still no word on if this will be heading to the West, but SEGA will officially be releasing the PS Vita version of the popular Phantasy Star Online 2 in Japan on February 28th. Like the PC version, it will be a free to play download title, though a retail edition will also be available. Those opting to buy the physical copy will be awarded with additional items and costumes.
Phantasy Star Online 2 will also come bundled with a new Ice Silver PS Vita, which will see a Japanese release on the 28th of February as well.
A Western release of the PC version, meanwhile, is still vaguely scheduled for “early 2013″ with no word on plans for a Western Vita release.
SEGA Japan has released a new trailer for Phantasy Star Online 2 for the Playstation Vita. The PC version has been released in Japan since early last year and now they are preparing to release the Vita version this February. Yes, the Vita version will also be free to download and play, which of course is awesome.
The best news? You will be able to play with PC players on the Vita and also use ‘character data transfer’.
A few months ago, someone suggested to me that I use Tuesday Tunes to introduce people to the more obscure works of SEGA’s music library. I was told that my choices were often too predictable, and that I was focusing on works people were already familiar with. That person was right. Since it started in its new form a year ago, Tuesday Tunes has spent much of its time focusing on newer games and games that SEGA fans are more familiar with. Though many of the games that person suggest I feature were games I had either already featured or were games I am currently saving for future themed months I’d like to do, the criticism had convinced me to two things: feature more obscure tracks from a wider variety of games and other SEGA related media, and to also think about just what Tuesday Tunes was supposed to be about. You saw the results of the former last week. As for the latter, well, I came to that decision this week as I was reflecting on a year of Tuesday Tunes for the purpose of this article.
Not much to say besides enjoy the visuals! Also just to note… this is different from the PC opening. Phantasy Star Online 2 PS Vita comes out Feb 2013 in Japan, with no date set for western territories.
SEGA has a list of balance changes that you can expect to come to Phantasy Star Online 2 soon. SEGA posted the full list on the game’s official site and thankfully have been translated by fans. So what changes can you expect? Hit the jump.