Phantasy Star Online 2 has trophies on PS Vita
posted on 01.29.13 at 06:34 PM EST by (@salromano)
Latest details from this week's Dengeki PlayStation.

Dengeki PlayStation this week has new details on the PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2.

Yu Suganuma is directing the PlayStation Vita version. Satoshi Sakai is still in the producer’s chair.

During an interview, Sugunuma reveals the PlayStation Vita version will feature trophies, as it raises motivation and he likes collecting them. Within the game title, it is apparent that there are things that cannot be achieved by playing solo, he noted. However, trophies have been regulated to be more balanced so that they can more realistically be achieved, he assured. There are achievements PC users can get without creating a new character, too.

Also new in the PS Vita version is “Character Portrait” mode, where you can place and photograph characters in the game. The character appears on the screen and you can use the PS Vita camera to take photos of it in the real world. You can also add lines / script to it.

Other details published in the magazine include:

  • Even if you are playing with 12 people, the sensation is still the same on PS Vita.
  • Ships will be on blocks shared by PC and PS Vita.
  • A new character named Kuna, voiced by Eri Kitamura, in the story.
  • There are also details on abduction requirements, lucky rise effects, rare drop calculation, master drop limits, balance regulating, and other areas that weren’t summarized online.

Sugunuma recommends you to have an 8 gigabyte memory card or higher to play Phantasy Star Online 2 for PS Vita. Though, if you’re sharing the memory card with other games, then a 32 gigabyte memory card would be more efficient.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is due for PlayStation Vita in Japan on February 28.

Thanks, Game Nyarth, Sokuho@Hokanko.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SasoriJr Ivan Junior

    oh, great, any news about it in america?

    • ShinAsura

      No but this news is pretty big plus they already confirmed it being released on PC here so I’m 99% sure we’ll get the VITA version

  • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

    “A new character named Kuna, voiced by Eri Kitamura, in the story.” Sweet. Enjoying the Japanese version and doubt I’d switch to the US version. History shows even if they do ever actually release it, it will be so far behind the Japanese version (which gets updates every few months) that it wont be worth it.

  • ShinAsura

    32gig microsd card check

  • hush404

    I was excited about all the news except the memory card thing. Are we going to be dealing with a large install?

    • ShinAsura

      I don’t think it’ll be huge then again this is a really big MMO and unless items you get will be server side the size will keep increasing. Normally items are server side to prevent hacking so you shouldn’t be too worried about the size

      • hush404

        Hopefully not. I was also thinking he might of meant if you downloaded the title instead of getting it physically. Even with price cuts, Vita memory isn’t cheap and as awesome as 32GB sounds, it fills up fast (especially with PS+ content). As much as I’m not looking forward to paying for more cards, I’d like to see 64GB and 128GB cards roll out.

        • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

          Sony really needs to address the memory card problems with the Vita. They need to release cards with more storage space, and lower the price tag on the memory cards all around.

          • hush404

            Yep, they do. They already have, 32GB went from $99 to $59, which is a nice drop, but they need to continue the drop.

            • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

              They dropped the price officially? I’m not talking about a temporary sale or anything like that.

              • hush404

                No, yeah, they totally did. In North America at least. Numerous sites online have reported as such, here’s one

                EDIT – Scrap that… it was a limited time thing :/ I got a 32GB at EBGames for $60 though… so I dunno what’s up.

                • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

                  Talking about the Sony Store promo that was going on not long ago? I’m pretty sure that was just a temporary thing.

  • Budgiecat

    I get why it’s for Vita but why the hell isn’t it also for PS3?? I mean hello…..Cross Play?? Would make perfect sense. But I guess common sense went out the window for developers this gen….

    • http://www.facebook.com/InternationalGamer1 Christopher Bosak

      especially SE since they could have REMADE FFVII- FFIX on PS3/PS VITA with Cross Buy. But NOOOOOOOOOoo SE lets Motomu Toriyama be the guy now behind FF. He was better as an Event Planner back when he helped with FFX and previous SQUARESOFT titles.

  • uhawww

    Having played the Beta, I will say that I’m personally amazed how well the game runs on Vita. It’s the total package. It’s even hard to tell that they changed some of the area design algorithms, the multiparty areas are still massively huge. Some slight, yet expected slowdown in full 12-person multiparties, but overall, an amazing experience..

    • Belenger

      I can vouch for this too, those Emergency Orders in the Volcano and City stages ran pretty damm amazingly well even if 10 people where using skills on the same point, I would expect such level of faithful reproduction just on pc, but this was simply “woah”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Jennings/100000158197173 Bobby Jennings

        Likewise. I got to lv 22 in the beta and I was surprised how close to the PC version it was. The graphics are astounding and it felt just like the PC version. I also found that pressing your items with the touch screen to use them were tons more comfortable. I can’t wait for the full release.

  • Bloodios

    I’m hoping that Sony would somehow get involve and push for the localization of the game. It might be a system seller to be honest. That and I can’t trust the dodgy way SEGA America handles localization…

  • http://www.angelmassb.co.nr/ AngelMass

    The trophy whore hidden inside me is very happy about this news.

  • Mar Mar

    PSO2 on Vita and FF XIV ARR on PS3 :D

  • KurisuMakise

    Good to hear the comments from the Beta players, much appreciated @uhawww:disqus @Belenger:disqus