Phantasy Star Online 2 launches in the West next year

Sega bringing free-to-play continuation of online action role-playing series to North America and Europe sometime in 2013.

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Gamers in the West will soon be able to try out Sega's new free-to-play sequel to one of its oldest franchises, as the publisher today confirmed that Phantasy Star Online 2 will launch in North America and Europe next year.

Phantasy Star Online 2 does not come with broadband adapter.

Phantasy Star Online 2 will see a return of the series' real-time combat system, with players able to level up characters of three races (human, newmen, or CAST) through a variety of classes, specializing in melee, ranged, or magical weapons. Sega did not announce platforms for the Western release of the game, but the Japanese edition launched last week on the PC and is slated to appear on the PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android platforms.

The original Phantasy Star Online launched on the Dreamcast in January of 2001 and was followed eight months later by a "version 2" release with online play that required a quarterly subscription fee. Other follow-ups to the original have included the 2004 GameCube effort Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution, as well as 2006's Phantasy Star Revolution, which came out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and PC.

For more on Phantasy Star Online 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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MrDeeJ
MrDeeJ

I pray to the gameing gods that i comes to x box. PSU's servers are down and i would love another PSO.

Sit_gothalot
Sit_gothalot

I loved all that Phantasy star has out on the market. Was rather disappointed that They shut down the servers and the Sony took Phantasy star portable of the play station store. How ever making the new Phantasy star for the PC and Playstation vita was a good move to also add a cherry on top they are making it free. I for one am looking forward to this game coming to the UK.

JACOBDRAGON666
JACOBDRAGON666

i hate the fact i love this game but the problem is that my computer sucks and its not for xbox.

Speedtrouper
Speedtrouper

PSO and free to play.Transfer all your accounts from tera to PSO2.I always wondered why Tera claims its has its own combat system.PSO Universe always had action rpg combat with free aiming.It also has giant monsters and awesome weapons.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

It it was like the old DREAMCAST days and I can use a controller for the PC version I am defo in for this, I was addicted to the DC version and the re release on the GameCube for months

yuunnnnna
yuunnnnna

Vita but no PS3?

 

Don't care. 

shinmew
shinmew

If they go back to the old TP system and the old magic system then I'm all for it. If you can level up the techs instead of having to hunt for higher level versions... even better.

Neo-ganon
Neo-ganon

As much as I love how it will be free to play, I would still LOVE a downloadable console port. Not having a computer that is good enough to run this game, limiting me to the iOS version, means ill have to wait for a console release, assuming if they decide on one

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Yay!!! Sega all is forgiven. lol

Mozuckint
Mozuckint

Ching ching ching ching

$$$$$$$

Good Sega...I like where this is going.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

I spent countless hours on Dreamcast,later on Xbox and at the end on Game Cube on private server.But i am sad to hear that right now only PC and Vita versions are confirmed.I dont have a gaming PC and the Vita cannot be hooked on a TV like the PSP! Wanna big screen PSO again...c'mon Sega. Ah memories...my best found was a Yasminkov 7000V/35% on hit...GameCube :)

BigAl519
BigAl519

Definitely a must buy! PSO on Dreamcast had me hooked for hours on end every day. Great games!

HawkAnimus
HawkAnimus

I will certainly pick this up when it comes out.  Not sure if I will go for the PC version or PS Vita, but I suppose I have time to decide. ^_^

m4a5
m4a5

YUSSSS! Currently I am playing the japanese version and cannot understand any of it. However it is still pretty wicked!

8bitgen
8bitgen

after phantasy star blue burst and phantasy star universe both had short life i'm not sure if i'd buy it right away. sega likes to pull the plug fast on PSO or least seems like it.

top-wiz
top-wiz

Phantasy Star Revolution? You mean Phantasy Star Universe.

 

You also forgot about the port of PSO to gamecube and Xbox called PSO: Ep1 & 2, And PSO blue burst that was for PC.

Rovelius
Rovelius

By the way, this article has problems. It's not Phantasy Star Revolution, it's Phantasy Star Universe. You also forgot Phantasy Star Online BlueBurst for PC.

Rovelius
Rovelius

"Phantasy Star Online 2 does not come with broadband adapter." Hahaha. Memories...

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

I'm kinda hoping they bring this to the Xbox 360 (or other consoles) again.  Anyone know if this is planned already?

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

 @Neo-ganon Currently. There are no plans on the table for a DLC console port to PSN and XBLA. It all depends on how well the PC western release does.

BigAl519
BigAl519

 @HawkAnimus Im in the same boat. Likely the PC version will be out sooner in NA. Maybe we should just get it for both when its released on Vita and PC here next year!!

8bitgen
8bitgen

 @Crevox free or not i want see how it will do before buying PSO servers seem to have short lives. i loved PSO blue burst and PSU so i am interested but want play it years down the road.

BigAl519
BigAl519

 @LindBergh2007 lol if your going to attempt to act like you know everything at least keep up with the news. The Vita version was confirmed a while ago. 

Crevox
Crevox

 @LindBergh2007 The article itself says free to play. I'm alt tabbed OUT OF THE JP VERSION RIGHT NOW and it's FREE TO PLAY. I don't know what makes you think you know otherwise.