Sega has confirmed that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released on the Playstation 4 in Japan sometime in 2016. This announcement was made during the 2015 ARCS Festival event livestream. No details for the Playstation 4 version have been announced. However, Kotaku contacted a Sega representative about the possibility of the PS4 version being released in the West. This was the representative's response: "SEGA is currently not planning to release the PS4 version of Phantasy Star Online 2 outside of Japan."
Sega of Japan announced today that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be receiving a TV anime series in 2016. According to Famitsu, this series will be known as Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation and feature an original story. No other details have been announced at this time.
This will not be the first time Phantasy Star Online 2 has been featured in an animation series. Weapons and enemies from Phantasy Star Online 2 were recently featured in the Hi-sCool! Seha Girls series.
The third annual Phantasy Star Online 2Arks Player Report was released earlier today. This report provides detailed player statistics on race/class breakdowns, bust sizes, and what the most popular Photon Arts are. An an example, here is the information provided for the race, gender, and class report:
International art dealer Cook and Becker recently partnered with Sega to produce a series of limited edition prints for classic Sega games. As part of this project, Killian Eng of DW Design created the following Phantasy Star print:
The print measures 24 inches x 36 inches (60cm x 90cm) and is limited to 200 copies.
Sega has announced that it will be removing several of its older games from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Samsung App Store, and Amazon App Store over the next few weeks. According to this news article, Phantasy Star II is among the games slated to be removed. The only reason cited for these removals was that the games no longer met Sega company standards. Sega mentioned the games might return in the future as remastered releases given the "right situation."
If you have purchased any of the games slated for removal, you still be able to continue playing them. They will continue to be available in your purchased apps list in case you delete a game or acquire a new device.
Sega released a statement today announcing that it will be offering early retirement packages to a large number of its employees. Also, the company will reposition itself to focus primarily on mobile games for smartphones and PC games. This represents a significant shift away from previous focus on being a console developer. As part of its restructuring, Sega of America will sell its iconic San Francisco office and relocate to southern California by Summer 2015. It is expected these changes will result in substantial savings and allow the company to focus its resources.
As most of you are aware of by now, the official PSO2 site and servers, as well as some related PSO2 sites, have been under intermittent DDoS attacks since late last week. SEGA brought their official site back online Tuesday and has also released an update on the situation.
In their update, SEGA mentions the intermittent nature of the attacks and notes that they may have to stop service to the official site again if attacks intensify. In that event, players are encouraged to get updates via SEGA's official accounts on various social media outlets. At the time of the update, services that were still down included the download servers for the PC game client and character creation trial, AC purchase, and login to all versions of the game (PC, Vita, and smartphone).
Further maintenance to the official site will be carried out on Thursday to reinforce their protection measures and another update will be released on that day, as well. As a result of the downtime experienced due to these incidents, SEGA will be looking to reschedule various events and campaigns and will also be considering some form of compensation to players. More details will be announced at a later time.
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