Phantasy Star Online 2 alpha testing starts this summer (in Japan)

So SEGA had their Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity event this weekend, where they said they where going to reveal some Phantasy Star Online 2 news. The news is that alpha testing will start this summer. How do you get in?

You need to get a special code, the code can be obtained in two ways. The first print of Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity will have codes inside, it will have a yellow sticker on the cover stating it has the code. The other way is playing Phantasy Star Universe and Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst (which is still active in Japan), SEGA has not given details on what you will have to do to get them.

So you get the code and you’re in, right? Nope, the code just lets you get into a drawing for the beta. Damn, SEGA are really making it hard. No word on how we in the West will be able to play or if it’s being published here…

[Source: AndriaSang]

New Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity Trailer

The newest trailer for ‘Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity’ the expansion to the original Phantasy Star Portable 2 has got the Phantasy Star fans in a crazed speculation frenzy.

Because not only does it show some of the new characters, races, game play and locations. The end of the trailer shows something far more interesting… Near the end of the trailer you’ll see an old looking spaceship rising from the ground.

Hit the jump to find out more about the story/speculation.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity incoming

While us Americans are still waiting for Phantasy Star Portable 2, Japan already getting the budget version. Someone got their budget copy early and posted this image online.

It says that your save data from Phantasy Star Portable 2 will work with the upcoming Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity. No information outside of that. It seems that SEGA will take the Capcom route with the Monster Hunter PSP games. Good luck.

[Thanks: STORM!]

Phantasy Star Portable 2 demo hits PSN

The US PSN store has just been updated and PSP SEGA fans got a treat, a Phantasy Star Portable 2 demo. Last time they got Valkyria Chronicles II, now Phantasy Star? Good times.

The game is suppose to hit retail on September 14th.

Unexpected items in English release of Phantasy Star Portable 2

It looks like SEGA is pulling all the tricks they can to get Phantasy Star Portable 2 localized with minimal cuts. SEGA America community manager Aaron Webber who goes by the name RubyEclipse sent an email to Siliconera about two items that will be making it into the English version of Phantasy Star Portable 2.

Hit the jump to read about the unexpected Japanese items that have made it into the English release.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 art contest winner announced

The above image is actually not the winner, he won second place. Though, I think he was cheated. So sadly this masterpiece will not be in the game, that is the price for first place  (Correction, both 2nd and 1st will be in game. Yay!).

Head over to the SEGA Blog to see the top 10 pieces of art, what are your favorites?

Get your artwork featured in Phantasy Star Portable 2

So you like doing doodles and like Phantasy Star Portable 2? What if you could get your artwork as an in-game item? The item will be a wall scroll that players will be able to hang in their ‘My Room’. They say you are allowed to submit anything as long as its Phantasy Star releated. Nei lives, come on guys!

  • One Grand Prize Winner receive their art included as a wall-scroll in Phantasy Star Portable 2, and a free copy of the game!
  • Two First Place Winners winners will each receive a free copy of the game, and their submissions featured on the SEGA Blogs!
  • Seven Runner-up Winners will each receive a Phantasy Star T-shirt, and an inflatable Rappy!

The image size will be 374 x 561, or multiples of this as long as the it can be scaled down correctly. E-mail your submissions to More details on the SEGA Blog.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 coming west this fall

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