SEGA announces Idola Phantasy Star Saga for mobile, looks terrible

The trailer is the new debut trailer for the brand new Idola Phantasy Star Saga, which is mean’t to celebrate the franchieses 30th birthday. The only issue here is that they stripped out almost everything that made ‘Phantasy Star‘ a Phantasy Star game and made it a cheap,  generic JRPG mobile cash grab. Instead of having cool characters, art from the franchises history they just turned everyone into waifus because it sells. The good news is that the game has Producer, script writer and world builder Shuntaro Tanaka (Valkyria Chronicles, Sakura Wars, Phantasy Star Online 2), Tomomasa Chin (Valkyria Chronicles 2, Phantasy Star Online 2 )as director, and Sho Mutsuura (Phantasy Star Online 2) as art director.

Going to be honest, its a bit sad state of affairs being a Phantasy Star fan right now. First we got screwed from a Western Phantasy Star Online 2 release and now SEGA has this planned for the franchise. SEGA West hasn’t talked about bringing the title over to Western mobile, I personally wouldn’t bother. The game is set to come out later this year. Hit the jump for more info on the characters and their backstories:

  • Stella, voiced by Akane Fujita

The main heroine of the story, she is the leader of the White Sheep Knights that fights the hordes of the Idola. Due to having a shy personality, she tends to hide her true feelings behind the iron mask she wears into battle. With the help of her mask, she is able to act confidently in her role, but when the mask is removed, her shy demeanor takes over.
  • Yuri, voiced by Toshiki Masuda

Here we have the main hero of the story. He has a bit of a tragic backstory as he lost both of his parents at a tender young age. A friend of his father who is also a ship captain took him in and raised Yuri as a sailor. After experiencing a fateful encounter with Stella, he decides to join the White Sheep Knights as the leader of a commando unit. With his broad personality and strong heart, he exudes a cheerful yet honest behavior with those he meets.

22 responses to “SEGA announces Idola Phantasy Star Saga for mobile, looks terrible

  1. Randr01d says:

    I’ll take it.

    Knowing that this was going to be a mobile game, this could have been MUCH worse.

    A brand knew single player Phantasy Star story, this looks far from terrible.

    • Nero says:

      Agreed. A classic rpg style game could work well on mobile.

    • ONESTAR says:

      My thoughts exactly. Knowing from the start it was going to be a mobile game, it could have been SO much worse. I’ll definitely take this over a town building simulator with time based micro-transactions.

      I do agree that none of the assets besides the rappys look Phantasy Star in the slightest, but I will give sega some time to show more. It’s the first Phantasy Star RPG since the mid 90s. It could be sonic 4esque junk, or it could be a decent mobile based RPG in the Phantasy Star universe – no pun intended.

    • Yamato says:

      People, this looks exactly like Fate Go, there’s no reason to be hopeful, at all, and I do think it would be better to just release some merch for the anniversary instead of making a gacha game, they are giving PSO2’s Quna for pre-registering, this is as gacha as it can be.
      Of course we also won’t be able to read the story even if it somehow doesn’t suck.

  2. Nero says:

    Terrible? Way to judge a book by its cover. Everything here looks pretty decent for mobile. Not like we didn’t already know it would be mobile in the 1st place with the teaser.

    I’m a phantasy star fan & I’ve been more than fine, PSO2 has done all that you’ve asked for this past year. The english community of PSO2 has really been the savior here to help players like me enjoy.

    • George says:

      I said looks terrible, meaning I’m judging it based on what they have shown. Can the game come out and be great? Maybe, sure, anything is possible but what they have shown so far is terrible.

  3. renakry says:

    Disappointing yes, absolutely terrible? No. I wouldn’t say this is a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of something, but I’ll still play it bearing it’s release in the west. I would still say that this is better than not having celebrated the anniversary at all.

  4. Harlemknight116 says:

    What’s so terrible about it?

  5. Ikagura says:

    I could understand that people are disapointed (because we hadn’t had a western ps game in a decade…)

    Some people are asking for Phantasy star 5 (which won’t happen) or a remake of PSOBB or even PSU (which won’t happen either)

    Maybe Sega should soon do something about the serie (probably a solo game, turn based or action-RPG)

    I would love to see a big crossover with every characters personally

  6. TDixpix says:

    Why do all of these characters look like anime body pillows?

    What a disappointment.

  7. Corbin says:

    I’ll give it a fair chance when it comes out, but I’m not too impressed.

  8. Deefy says:

    Given the names at the head of the project… why not give at least one chance to the aforementioned game?

  9. Yamato says:

    The double saber truly is the cursed weapon, now Universe isn’t that bad in hindsight.

    • Ikagura says:

      Was Universe that bad? I mean the Episode 1 was meh but Ambition of the Illuminus and Portable 1 were good.

      Portable 2 and Portable 2 Infinity were great imo (almost as good as PSIV and PSOBB)

    • Randr01d says:

      Yup another game that gets undo hate. PSU was fine.

    • Ikagura says:

      There something I don’t get from the fans, I could understand that Sega is not doing good thing about the serie but asking for things like Phantasy star 5 isn’t the best idea…

      Also I see some classic fanboy, and (in a lesser extend) Online fans who are asking for a remaster of PSOBB and dislike PSU (even tho it’s more different than PSO without being bad itself)

      Portable 2 is closer to PSO imo.

      Finally the Classic serie should be treated like the others, not a perfect RPG but a great one for its time, like PSO in the early 2000’s and PSU in the late 2000’s

    • Yamato says:

      I was merely talking about the first release, yeah I loved portable 2 actually.

  10. Centrale says:

    I don’t know, it seems like you have a chip on your shoulder about this kind of art direction but I’m not seeing the problem. I think you’re expressing a point of view that might get backed up in an echo chamber of people who already agree with you but for people who aren’t in there, the resentment really makes no sense.

    • Ikagura says:

      I would agree with that, but even if we didn’t have a proper Phantasy star game since 10 years (PS0 and PSPo2) and we didn’t have a classic serie’s sequel people are kinda overreacting as the game wouldn’t automatically means that Sega won’t make a port of the classic game or even making PSO available through the Switch VC…

      Also Phantasy Star V won’t happen, not now

  11. X.Q.Jonah says:

    “they just turned everyone into waifus”

    You might have gotten away with saying something so patently false had you not posted the video along with it.

  12. legaiaflame says:

    That girl in the main artwork looks like she wants you to *%$# her brains out. And the game doesn’t look or feel like Phantasy Star at all….

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