Sega has announced to the excitement of many fans, that they will be bringing free-to-play sequel ‘Phantasy Star Online 2’ to North America and Europe early next year. With the game already up and running in Japan since July 4, Sega decided to branch out and bring the MMO to Western PC gamers over a decade after the original landed on the Dreamcast console.
Phantasy Star Online 2 takes place in the year 238, where players will join a new band of Arcs in the fight against mysterious D-Arkers, embarking on another epic adventure of infinite possibilities. The game will use micro-transactions, which will allow players to spend real-world money on Arcs Cash, which in turn can be used for in-game purchases.
PSO2 will also ship with a ton of new features, which include:
- Deep sci-fi fantasy universe filled with lush landscapes, extraordinary creatures, and epic adventures
- Revolutionary real-time combat and third-person action with devastating combos and counters to master.
- Flexible, class-based leveling system that lets players define their own play-style with distinctive melee, ranged, and magic weapon types.
- Randomized dungeon maps and unexpected mid-quest encounters that ensure each quest is different for each player.
- Deep character creation system with a nearly limitless number of potential appearances.
- Three degrees of humanity to experience across three unique races: the versatile Humans, spiritually-powered Newmen, and artificial CAST.
“Phantasy Star Online was a revolutionary game when it was released, and we want to make sure that its successor in the series is every bit as ambitious,” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “We look forward to introducing Phantasy Star Online 2’s unique, easy-to-access multiplayer action to the rest of the world next year!”
It wont be just PC users getting a taste of MMO action, PSO2 will also be making its way to the Playstation Vita Handheld and also iOS and Android devices, so everyone can play at home and on the go. Keep an eye out for a console release, I have my fingers crossed! Are you happy with the return of Phantasy Star Online? Make sure to hit us up with your thoughts in the comment section below.