Phantasy Star Portable 2 coming to North America, Europe

Sci-fi role-playing game sequel confirmed for fall launch, complete with online multiplayer mode.

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Sega's long-running series Phantasy Star might be flickering of late, but the sci-fi role-playing game franchise still has life left in it yet. Sega provided the latest example of that today, as it announced North American and European releases for Phantasy Star Portable 2 for the PSP.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 has sold over 600,000 copies to date in Japan alone.

Perhaps the biggest selling point for Phantasy Star Portable 2 is the addition of online multiplayer action in both ad-hoc and infrastructure modes supporting up to four players at once. The game also includes a full single-player campaign set three years after the events of Phantasy Star Universe.

Phantasy Star Portable 2 had a strong Japanese debut late last year, racking up more than 286,000 copies sold in its first week on sale. That would be good enough to top the Japanese charts most weeks, but Sega's PSP sequel had to settle for a distant second behind the debut of New Super Bros. Wii. Nintendo's side-scrolling revamp for the portly plumber notched nearly 1 million copies sold in its first week.

Discussion

57 comments
Charliesix
Charliesix

it'd be cool if i could hook up my PSP to a 3G network and play online anywhere :)

jaquaman23
jaquaman23

Yes online and no dissapointing adhoc

jordonj
jordonj

I loved the first one (not a GREAT game) but a good one nonetheless. I probably will get this one too!

jamyskis
jamyskis

Sweet. I admit I didn't get Phantasy Star Portable 1 because I already had the PSU plus Ambition of the Illuminus on the PC, but I will more than likely pick this one up.

poptart
poptart

So many good memories with the original PSO with a great online community. It would be great to replicate that with PSP2 - fingers crossed!!

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

The first is great fun multi player but the maps being identical to Universe kind of killed it a bit. I hope there areas are completely new otherwise i will pass this up.

Dualmask
Dualmask

It's about time. I played the Japanese demo and I was thrilled at the revamped art direction and controls. Phantasy Star Portable 1 is a great game for PSP even when playing solo; the sequel can only be better.

funsohng
funsohng

plz no dubs this time, i beg you

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

I'd rather see the original Phantasy Star Online show up on PSN and Live. Spread Needle FTW.

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I would not bring this game over it will likely bomb. The first one barely broke even but whatever its not my money they are betting.

pasheffi
pasheffi

really this is the big 10 year announcement? you have to be kidding.

tommy_boy9999
tommy_boy9999

I dont care what anyone says. Phantasy Star Universe Online was an amazing game. I will definitely get this game. I want to follow the story.

Smarty12
Smarty12

@taxonomic Don't forget Birth By Sleep!!! MGS Peace Walker will finally give me a reason to pick and play my PSP again. It's been gathering dust for some time now. After 500 or so hours of Dissidia can you really blame me :S

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I wonder whether the overseas version will have commerical tie-ins like in the Japanese version.

kitty
kitty moderator

awesome, I'm definitely getting this.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

Score! This will soon be pre-ordered!

smm217
smm217

I just purchased the first one. By the time I beat it, I'll be able to get my hands on the second one. :)

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

I enjoyed the first PSOP, and will be looking forward the release of #2. Would still like to see what they could do with a standard ver. PS on today's consoles. The 3d dungeons on the SMS PS back in the day on the absolutely floored me the first time I saw them (and for a long time after that).

OGKNav
OGKNav

Thank you, Sega.

swamptick
swamptick

I hope Sega and Phantasy Star continue to make stuff. I am 33 and have been gaming a long time. I agree that the Phantasy Star series has gotten away from what made it great, but they still are not bad. Here is hoping that, sooner or later, a new Phantasy Star will come out that rocks people's faces off.

Slagar
Slagar

@enzyme36 The Sega that made those games is gone. The original Phantasy Star games were epic, but a PS5 would just hurt. A few years ago in an interview with Pheonix Rie (one of Sega's most talented game designers, behind the originals; Skies of Arcadia et al) she would happily comment on the original PS games, yet when asked about Phantasy Star Online she gave a succinct "I do not comment on the Online games." She hasn't been on the new PS game projects, and that's why they've not been of the same flavour (and calibur) of the originals. (Though I did love PSO in it's own right, nothing compares with the original Phantasy Star for me).

publicgamer
publicgamer

@ kiramasaki thats unfortunate that you like universe the most. its the worst of them all. I was really excited about PsP and then when i got it it was a huge let down. Some ideas that they pose in Universe are neat, but over all it is a much more childish and boring game. I really hope they spruce up the environments for PsP2 because the first one's were very generic compared to the great locales i remember from the glory days of PSO and PSO ver2

thisranks
thisranks

SDBusDriver1979 said: Didn't the first one sell like no copies in the US? I purchased a copy. I have been a big fan of Phantasy Star since the DC, which i still own btw. Googling it before the usual "insult to Americans gets turned into making a fool out of one's self" is the smarter thing to do here... --------------------------------------------------------------------------- At this point in time Sega is in my doghouse. Yakuza 3 localized with no Eng VA and Resonance of Fate localized with a pittance of Eng VA with Nolan North used to sucker people as well as comments made by the localization producer has me on odds with their thinking, and pretty much guarantees that i won't be purchasing a copy of Phantasy Star portable 2.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Yes sweet Jesus. I was on here a few weeks ago wondering if this would happen, because behind Suikoden, Phantasy Star Universe is my favorite franchise, note Universe only, I am not to high on Online, and havent played any of the originals.

taxonomic
taxonomic

@Bangerman15 : Don't worry, in an interview late last year Sega said that this was going to be the last portable Phantasy Star title and that further entries in the series would be for a home console, though they didn't specify which one. They also said that on Phantasy Star Online's 10th anniversary (which is coming up this fall) they have a special announcement planned involving the future of the franchise. People are speculating that it's either a remake of PSO for XBLA or a new PSO game for next gen systems. We'll have to wait and see.

taxonomic
taxonomic

Phantasy Star Portable is one of my favorite PSP games, a really underrated dungeon crawler that took everything that was good about the now defunct Phantasy Star Universe and recreated it, as well as taking out everything that was bad about PSU. It was basically the game PSU should have been, minus the online mode unfortunately. I have friends who've ported over the japanese release of this game and they've said it's the best PS game they've played to date. Add in the online mode and you know I'm psyched. PSP is going to get a boatload of great games this year. Peace walker, Ys7, Ys Felghana, PSP2, and Legend of Heroes. Year of the PSP!

Cephrien
Cephrien

YES. FINALLY. HNNGGGG~!!

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Great that the PSP is getting a good game and that its coming to the West. I kinda wish it was on consoles, I mean Monster Hunter Tri has done much better in the west than the original PS2 game or any of the PSP games. Still the one major negative about the Monster Hunter PSP games (well there are several but still) but no online play was as major one. I hope this PS game does well here, its one of Sega's best franchises.

bodyguardkun
bodyguardkun

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Pickleking23
Pickleking23

Crap I thought this said Phantasy Star AND Portal 2...hmm.

Reciprocation
Reciprocation

Yo dawg, I heard you like PSP so we put PSP on your PSP so you can PSP while you PSP. AGAIN. And I'm very excited :D

TitusFFX
TitusFFX

Been waiting for a while to see in come in english ^.^ Finally can buy it with out worrying what everything says.

Ringx55
Ringx55

Infrastructure multiplayer? Count me in.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

ughhh portable?? wheres the console love sega?? i want sega to redeem itself after psu!

kindredmachine
kindredmachine

YESSS!!! THANK YOU!! Just please release this onto PSN cause I have a GO.

ASG_
ASG_

I for one think this is pretty awesome.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

did the first one ever come out in the us? i want this game. wonder if they will make a digital version for the psp go

enzyme36
enzyme36

although im a big fan of the online series, and i will be getting this... i am still waiting patiently for a true Phantasy Star 5..... looking at you sega!

boctober
boctober

YES! Since I was a kid I have played Phantasy Star games when the first one appeared on the Sega Master System. The first Phantasy Star Portable was great and really gave fans a feel from the Phantasy Star Online series. I have been waiting for this one to hit North America. Can't wait to play!

JoshuaM55
JoshuaM55

I care too, i'm glad this is coming to europe and north america, the more Phantasy star and/or PSP support the better