• Phantasy Star Portable 2 Release Announced for North America and Europe

    Announced this morning on the SEGA Europe blog, Phantasy Star Portable 2 for the PSP has been confirmed for release in North America and Europe this year. Specific details are a bit slim, but Phantasy Star fans can expect to see PSP2 become available sometime in Fall 2010. If you were bummed that Sega's recent teaser countdown was not for a Phantasy Star game, this will hopefully brighten your day!

    The story in Phantasy Star Portable 2 takes place three years after the events in Phantasy Star Universe, with resources in Gurhal quickly running out. Players will work for a private military group, known as "Little Wing", aboard the space colony Clad 6.

    One of Sega's top five selling games of last year, PSP2's Western release will include a new story, full online functionality, new weapons, additional character customizations, an enhanced combat system, and other improvements. It is still uncertain which content and DLC from the Japanese release will survive the trip West, but more information should be available in the near future.

    We'll keep you up to speed on the latest details and release date, but in the meantime, join in on the ongoing discussion of this exciting news in the forums!

    Update: Gamestop now has PSP2 available for pre-order and is showing an estimated released date of September 28, 2010. Thanks to Thor131 for the heads up!

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    1. Akaimizu's Avatar
      Akaimizu -
      I read this, and I couldn't be happier. By far, the best online-playable Phantasy Star Sega has released.
      If they advertise this well, it could sell PSPs. Or, maybe the proper word is *should* sell PSPs.
      Of course, I've been playing the Japanese release of this one, but this one would benefit a lot more from localization, than the other ones. Mostly because it's a good deal more advanced. Of course, now everybody will talk about what things will be *cut* from the US release. Well, since infrastructure play was already advertised, I'm guessing that's not the issue. I'm not even holding my breath for the Japanese exclusive anime costumes, though the game is already immense without using a single one of those. (For which I've collected, but barely ever wear)
    1. Seth Astra's Avatar
      Seth Astra -
      Well, I know it will sell at least one PSP. I'm gonna be getting one just for this game.
    1. ZIE creations's Avatar
      ZIE creations -
      This'll be pretty awesome considering we are finally getting some good suport outside of japan. I personaly was disapointed with the first PSp as it was a basic ripoff of PSU but this one is (from what i heard) a completely different game and that will be actualy interesting. by the way if your planing on buying a PSP DO NOT buy the GO (can't play UMDs) or the original version1 (Joystick begins to stick after droped [no i didn't drop it, my fat sister did] She still owes me for that one). Get V.2+
    1. SubstanceD's Avatar
      SubstanceD -
      Don't get me wrong, I am happy to hear this anoucement ( took them long enough to annouce a relase date ) and I am looking forward to playing PSP2 in English but why do we have to wait untill Fall 2010 for an English language version.
    1. pso_crash's Avatar
      pso_crash -
      This is so awesome. I am super excited!
    1. Mike's Avatar
      Mike -
      Sega went with a HUGE online campaign for PSP2 with offline events all over Japan. It would be a miracle if SoA advertised it the same way.
    1. FeiRayne's Avatar
      FeiRayne -
      Well this just made my day!
    1. Ken_Silver's Avatar
      Ken_Silver -
      Nice. I had left SEGA and the PS franchise after what happened with the PC/PS2 PSU servers and Sonic and the Black Knight.

      I came back to check PSO-World after I heard about Sonic 4 being delayed (didn't even know it was coming out) and Phantasy Star Portable 2 coming over to the U.S. (never thought it was going to happen.

      Then I just now find out that there is a Phantasy Star game for the DS, called Phantasy Stat Zero. When did this come out? I guess SEGA is doing some reconstruction.

      If PSP2 Online play is the reason that the PC/PS2 servers got shut down, then I might understand a little. Hoping that this game will be great and give me a reason to play my PSP again.
    1. bns1991's Avatar
      bns1991 -
      I have been waiting for this for a long time now. I am not surprised that it took this long to be released because the first PSP took about the same amount of time to come to the US that this one is going to take. PSZ is fun, but PSP2 is going to be one of the best selling Playstation Portable games that come out this year.
    1. Akaimizu's Avatar
      Akaimizu -
      I can think of two reasons.
      1. The timing when they can start the translation given who they have to work on it. I can imagine this has more stuff to translate than previous Phantasy Star Online entries.
      2. To give the current PSU 360 servers time to run and enjoy their endgame content (from the server) before PSP2 threatens to put a nail in the coffin of all Western PSU servers as we know it.
    1. aiko.'s Avatar
      aiko. -
      Nice! A reason to get a PSP now. lol
    1. Darklighter's Avatar
      Darklighter -
      I am so happy to see this!!
    1. Kinako78's Avatar
      Kinako78 -
      That's actually an earlier release date then I was expecting.
    1. Arika's Avatar
      Arika -
      I don't think it will have any DLC at all... or any update..
    1. Akaimizu's Avatar
      Akaimizu -
      One might think so, but there's a special difference here. A different content charge model. Online play is free, using that Guild Wars/Free MMO style model so there's a huge incentive to offering DLC that has minimal costs to them. Being that's the main way they planned on making money for their servers, it'll put the pressure to provide content. I'll be interested in how this pricing model will affect DLC, myself.
    1. Mizumi323's Avatar
      Mizumi323 -
      Maybe if we're lucky we'll get some DLC...lol
    1. goldbrease's Avatar
      goldbrease -
      you mean get a psp model 2000 or 3000, not a model 1000. duno if you could even find a 2000 anymore unless its a second hand or amazon deal. if i can get up enough money this may be the exact excuse i need to buy a psp.
    1. DarthCastivious's Avatar
      DarthCastivious -
      What a load of Cr@pd! when will the next console game come out? untill that announcment, don't even mention a thing to me. " well that is what i think about it"
    1. REIA-1's Avatar
      REIA-1 -
      I will try out the english version but as long as I don't have to get a physical copy of it, don't wanna waste more in shipping about PS franchises >_>. I can content with just downloading it. Atm I'm really at my endgame of the japanese version and I'm only looking forward on meeting players who don't blacklist me because of my weak japanese lol.
    1. ZeroXmp's Avatar
      ZeroXmp -
      Good News
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