• Phantasy Star Online 2 Announced for Sony PlayStation Vita

    Phantasy Star Online 2 for the Sony PlayStation Vita was announced today on the Japanese Sony Vita Tengoku site with additional information being posted on the official Japanese Phantasy Star Online 2 blog. Here is the promotional video:

    Here is what we know so far:
    • The game is less than 10% complete. It is scheduled for release in 2013.
    • It will use the same servers and character data as the PC version.
    • Gameplay will be online only.
    • It is possible that cross-platform parties between PC and Vita clients will be allowed. This is briefly shown in the video.

    Credit goes to Mike for bringing us this exciting news. You can discuss this news in this forum thread.
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Redboigoi's Avatar
      Redboigoi -
      You can NOT play online with 3G anywhere anytime.... you are confused.
    1. Neoistheone's Avatar
      Neoistheone -
      Really? Didn't know.... then whats the purpose of the 3G model?
      I was just gong off the verbiage from Sony's page http://us.playstation.com/psvita/systems/ps-vita-3g.html
      It would be fun to play on my rig at home and then just take the Vita with me when I go out.
      Also if the Video says it wont work on 3G then I'm sorry, I'm at work and cant watch it right now They block YouTube.
    1. r00tabaga's Avatar
      r00tabaga -
      no games currently support 3g play but eventually there will be...
    1. SELENNA's Avatar
      SELENNA -
      Online only? No thanks
    1. Overlord Zenon's Avatar
      Overlord Zenon -
      the Vita doesnt have me sold, costs to much and I hope this gets a home console release as well, not a handheld exclusive, I wanna play Phantasy star's on my tv >.>;
    1. Shade_Koopa's Avatar
      Shade_Koopa -
      Cool, that PSO 2 is coming to the PSV. Guess it add another game to the collection, but unless we know for sure that PSO 2 is comming to NA/out of japan, then what's the point? Really would like a confirmation or announcement or something.
      Anyway, it looks cool, will the PSVita be able to handle PSO 2?
    1. MaggotSai's Avatar
      MaggotSai -
      If the quality of the game is similar to the PC version then I guess I'll have to get a Vita, it sure beats having to upgrade my computer, and the Vita may drop in price by the time this game is out.
    1. BWS-1's Avatar
      BWS-1 -
      I wonder... if one is to state that, for the Vita, Gameplay will be online only; is it safe/logical to assume PC will have an offline mode?
    1. TrueLugia121's Avatar
      TrueLugia121 -
      SEGA better add an offline mode to the Playstation Vita version as well cause if they don't this game is a waste of time.
    1. SubstanceD's Avatar
      SubstanceD -
      Oh My God! PSO2 on the PS Vita. That's the best news I have heard in a very long time. I've given up hope of ever seeing an English language version of PSP2 Infinity and I like all the things I have been hearing about PSO2 but I don't play PC games at all ( ever ) so I can not begin to tell you how happy I am that I can now buy PSO2 for the PS Vita. For a while there I thought I would never, ever play another Phantasy Star game ever again.
    1. Akaimizu's Avatar
      Akaimizu -
      Actually. BlazBlue plays over 3G already on Vita. Apparenty Hot Shots as well, though Hot Shots is turn-based.
    1. Mike's Avatar
      Mike -
      Both PC and Vita versions lack an offline mode.
    1. OpheliaInfinity's Avatar
      OpheliaInfinity -
      The cross-platform play sounds very fascinating. When you say 'character data' does that mean you can take your PSO2 people on the go using PSV? If so, that's awesome! :O
    1. goldbrease's Avatar
      goldbrease -
      by the sound of it, as you haracters no matter were you are, as longpso2 is an online only game meaning you can play with your have internet access.
    1. slave2pso's Avatar
      slave2pso -
      Great. Does that mean the PC version is coming in 2013, as well? Why are they wasting time on Vita? Getting the PC version done should be their priority right now.
    1. Overlord Zenon's Avatar
      Overlord Zenon -
      the only way i'll bother with the Vita, is if sony drops the price to compete with the 3DS, and online only? ehh I liked PSO and psu (for the most part) for their offline modes, only way this would work if the game is free to play online, and have a pay service like most mmos now for in game content, or exclusive missions. etc but I hope it gets at least a wii u release as well, something to look forward to for next gen
    1. Revy's Avatar
      Revy -
      Great so does this mean there’s going to be a slowdown in game content updates to cater for a handheld? I guess the real question is are we just dealing another monthly trickle of unlocked content again like we did with PSU or will we be seeing real updates and game expansions like we would with a real MMO?
      This is mostly why I want PSO2 to be PC only. PC means quicker updates, console means the game is tied down to dated console system hardware like PSU was to the PS2, and because of the way Microsoft handles updates and doesn’t cross platform servers we get a split community.
    1. Overlord Zenon's Avatar
      Overlord Zenon -
      I agree, at least with a PC i could play it. and I hope it comes out for the other next gen home consoles tho, its how I got into PSO originally was on gamecube 4 player split screen, many hours played at parties with that game
    1. Aki_Yoruno's Avatar
      Aki_Yoruno -
      I had PSU:AotI on PS2. Had the HD for FFXI, too. So when they started changing drastically, I kept hoping they would let PS2HD users update it the same way. Maybe it was possible, maybe not. Total waste, though. Anyway, it should be possible in the first place if they set it up that way from the beginning. Consoles ARE possible, but are they willing to go through with it? I am looking forward to this game on the Vita. However, if it IS pay-to-play, I may not play it unless I'm by chance in fair financial standing by then.
    1. paracelsus's Avatar
      paracelsus -
      If its going to be on the PS Vita does that mean the game will support voice chat like PSO did on the XBox?
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