Phantasy Star Online 2 coming to North America, Europe
posted on 07.09.12 at 06:24 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Free-to-play multiplayer action RPG lands in 2013.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to North America and Europe for PC in early 2013, Sega has announced. The free-to-play multiplayer action RPG launched in Japan last week. 

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!”

The game is set in the year 238, the New Era of Light, where players will join a new band or Arcs in the fight against mysterious D-Arkers.

“The number one thing we want to provide players in Phantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every time they log in. Just as great table-top RPG experiences revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore dungeons and undertake quests,” added Satoshi Sakai, Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer at Sega of Japan.

Phantasy Star Online 2 boasts the following features:

  • 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.

A teaser will soon be available at PSO2.com.

Thanks, PSO-World.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    Any mention of the Vita version coming?

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Unfortunately, no. I take it if it does come, we’ll hear about it closer to the Japanese version’s release date.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Thanks for always taking the time to reply Sal.
        Its why your site kicks the ass of every other.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Such awesome news. Looks like the website is live.

    @gematsu-cb953f6ca5923f7517125db46ed1293d:disqus

    Sega put up a roadmap on the jp site recently.

    http://pso2.jp/players/news/?id=165

    It says Vita “service” will start next spring. It also says the mobile and Vita versions of the game will have user testing, which I’m sure means a beta test.

    It also says subject to change or something like that, it might happen sooner.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Above and beyond.
      Good on you sir!

      Thank you kindly!

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        You are very welcome. I hope it comes out sooner for the vita. :)

  • Rydak

    Awesome, this news came earlier than I thought it would, which is fine by me.

  • Amaterasu

    First Xillia gets announced for NA now this? Honest to god I….I love this place.

  • PrinceHeir

    finally Sega!!!!!!

    hope we get the Vita version too :D

    as match as i want this on PS3(same with FFXIV Ver 2.0)

    i think it’s better if they put those two games on PS4 instead :P

  • whiteferrero

    AWESOME NEWS! I loved the 1st one. Lately Japan’s giving us some awesome and more awesome news since last week.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    I’m guessing PS Vita version is coming late 2013 early 2014 for America.

  • zakou

    Reminds me of Star Ocean 4 and thats a good thing ^^