• SEGA Reveals Phantasy Star Nova for 2014, Exclusive to Playstation Vita

    This morning, at Sony Computer Entertainment's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, SEGA announced its latest installment in the Phantasy Star franchise, Phantasy Star Nova. The game, set in the same universe as Phantasy Star Online 2, will be an exclusive to the Playstation Vita and will feature an offline, single-player story, as well as online co-op for up to four players.

    The title is being developed by tri-Ace, also known for games in the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile franchises. There was no indication if Phantasy Star Nova might make it to the West, but it is slated for a 2014 release in Japan. More details are to be revealed next week, during the 2013 Tokyo Game Show.

    A big thanks to everyone who posted about this news in our forums! We'll be sure to post more updates as they become available. In the meantime, feel free to check out the ongoing discussion here!

    Update: More details have emerged, courtesy of Shogai PSO and Mike in our forums, be sure to check them out in the forum tags above!

    Comments 28 Comments
    1. Kevin PSO's Avatar
      Kevin PSO -
      I'm getting a Vita and no one is going to stop me, Sega please localize this!
    1. ungenesis's Avatar
      ungenesis -
      Another PS game we won't get. Lovely. I've already given up on waiting for PSO2..
    1. Fontes's Avatar
      Fontes -
      I personally can't believe that I'm about to let such words be pronounced from my lips... but Sega, you are giving me no other option. Ehem...

      ... Fuck you. Just... fuck you.
    1. UberRottweiler's Avatar
      UberRottweiler -
      I have no hope of seeing this title in the west. BUT, I kinda want to see it localized and not selling well assuming it wont be free (but to be honest I would still buy it, I can't lie).

      As far as I know, hacking a PS Vita is impossible at the current time, so lets assume that piracy wont be a big issue by the time they release it (again, assuming it will be localized), so I wonder who or what SEGA will blame for PSNova not selling well in the west if they decide to release it outside Asia. I kinda want to see it happen because I want to think that it will be a wake up call for SEGA to actually start advertising this if they really want to sell it, if they want me to buy their stuff, at least they should try to sell it to me.

      I bought PSU, AotI, PSP:1 and PSP:2 because I played PSO ep I, II & III, but I didn't know PSO thanks to an advertising campaign, I NEVER saw PSO being advertised here (Mexico) and if I did, it wasn't remarkable and didn't made me pay attention to it, I knew PSO thanks to a friend, if my friend had never recomended me to give PSO a try, I can say I would never have bought PSU and the PS games that followed after.
    1. Blizz3112's Avatar
      Blizz3112 -
      Eyes roll out of socket... wow, interesting...
    1. Norco's Avatar
      Norco -
      Would be awesome if they released a new Phantasy Star for the 3DS with a rich story, though what are the odds of that happening.. xD If it get released over here I might consider getting a Vita ;o
    1. Nilkemios's Avatar
      Nilkemios -
      Thanks to whoever posted this news, but I see no reason to bother with this either. Phantasy Star is still dead as far as I'm concerned.
    1. SC's Avatar
      SC -
      I have the Vita JP version of PSO2, as we are clearly not getting it in the west.
      Although PSNova uses the same areas as PSO2, I doubt we will be seeing it here in the west, so if anything, I'll import again. If, IF we get it, I want to see game play before I consider it.
      Otherwise, it's just another JP game that we wont have.
      I sometimes wonder why I'm a JRPG gamer, when all we do is get **** on from a great height!
    1. metatime's Avatar
      metatime -
      Good news, Sony is releasing a Vita TV player that lets you play vita games on the TV... I'll probably do that =)
    1. OniRobu's Avatar
      OniRobu -
      This title is strange knowing how we can play PSO2 on the Playstation Vita.
      It's perhaps a way just to enjoy PSO2 fix on the go without the internet connection needed
      for PSO2, but still I will be playing PSO2 on my Vita.I might get this game just need more info.
    1. maou_ashura's Avatar
      maou_ashura -
      One hand it's good to see Tri-ace up and about again, maybe they can redeem themselves after the fiasco that was last hope. But on the other I see no point in personally getting excited. Phantasy star here in the west is pretty much a faded memory now. What little faith I had in sega is gone. If by the slightest chance in Helheim we get another PS game then cool, but as of right now I've gone elsewhere to get my action rpg/ loot hunting fix. Thank you Ragnarok Odyssey ace.
    1. Akaimizu's Avatar
      Akaimizu -
      I have to admit. I do share some sentiment with some of the other posters. Not that I want to sound angry, as I generally don't do such a thing.
      These days, it really gets hard to actually get excited about a Phantasy Star release unless you are Japanese or fluent enough for which a localized release doesn't make playing the game any easier or comfortable.
      Thing is. Until Sega gives any word that they are supporting any kind of Western releases on Phantasy Star games, at all; people are going to assume that any announcement comes with a "Japan only" stamp on it.
      Considering Western support completely dropped after the release of Phantasy Star Portable 2, and there have been a number of Phantasy Star releases since then (on different platforms); most announcements here are basically just like a Japan fan-group posting about some Japan-specific toy or food brand for which the only way to obtain it is via import.
      I'm hoping that's not what is going to become of this site. I guess talking about earlier, already localized, games that can be played offline is what people can talk about; but I hope Sega decides to make Phantasy Star-related western releases a reality again.
    1. RLbitClassica's Avatar
      RLbitClassica -
      Agreed. If localization DOES occur(not getting my hopes up...), then a Vita may be the next handheld on my shopping list, but I would much rather see the 3DS get a little PS love.
    1. kururaneko chan's Avatar
      kururaneko chan -
      another PS game we wont see here. yup.
    1. Yaoipop's Avatar
      Yaoipop -
      LOL, what. They totally went Ninja on us about PSO2 and showed up with another title. That's a great way to give us the finger. As for Vita, that's great. The handheld can use more games coming around. Just that, I wouldn't buy one right now. Not many games worth playing IMO other than Persona 3, Soul Sacrifice, Ragnarok Odyssey & BlazBlue if you're into that. Maaaaaabye we'll get God Eater 2 and a Monster Hunter title (although I don't recall MH3rd HD ever being released outside JP so eh..).
      Going to start learning JP now, kbai >.>
    1. LarienTiwele's Avatar
      LarienTiwele -
      http://sega-addicts.murnaumusic.com/?p=41100 -

      If this is true... I'm one sad, sad newman...
    1. TheBlackMage's Avatar
      TheBlackMage -
      Honestly I'm not too surprised. After about a year of no word on a US release of PSO2 and then the announcement of this makes me believe that (as much as I hate to admit it) Phantasy Star is currently dead in the West. Things were looking up when we got the release of PSP2 stateside however without any advertising (as usual)...well we all know how that turned out.
      All I can hope is that Sega just decided not to release Nova for the US because of how much more the Nintendo 3DS is dominating the Vita (At least in my area, seriously I have never seen or heard of anyone with a Vita). Not to mention with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (and soon 4) for the 3DS most people, myself included, have just switched to that for our grinding fix.
      Sega 'could' bring Phantasy Star back stateside but I honestly believe that the only platform it'll succeed on here is the 3DS. With the recent surges in highly anticipated MMO's coming out it would just fall under the radar in terms of PC gaming. (Which is another reason I feel they've just ignored us on PSO2) As far as console gaming goes I just feel that non-Phantasy Star/grinding/dungeoning fan westerners would bash it for it's simplistic/grindy feel since many people are going to compare them to the current trend of stylish over the top games (The western console stereotype is FPS and God of War pretty much). However as far as portable gaming fares, Sega might have a chance with a Phantasy Star game for the 3DS once the hype from Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and 4 dies down.
    1. Ranmaru's Avatar
      Ranmaru -
      Yeah, I'm not hyped at all. Whatever Sega.
    1. pinkace's Avatar
      pinkace -
      So I guess Phantasy Star is dead in the U.S.

    1. Fontes's Avatar
      Fontes -
      More like dead anywhere but Japan.
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