It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything new about Phantasy Star Online 2, and Sega is making up for lost time with a whole bunch of new information about the upcoming RPG.
Perhaps the best news to come out of the info dump is that Phantasy Star Online 2, the sequel to Sega’s popular online RPG that originally saw a release on the Dreamcast, will be a free-to-play title and, in addition to releasing on PC, PSO 2 will also be released on the PlayStation Vita.ata
According to a report by Siliconera, Phantasy Star Online 2 on the PC and PS Vita will be funded by micro-transactions, a first for the series. It appears that the client for the game will be made available for free as well on the PC, but it isn’t known if the same can be said for the PS Vita version.
In addition to releasing on the PC and PlayStation Vita, Sega will also be making a version of Phantasy Star Online 2 for iOS and Android devices. While the version will share character data with the PC and PS Vita versions, the mobile version of PSO 2 will apparently be a toned down version that focuses on “social” elements.
Phantasy Star Online 2 is set to release on PC in Japan sometime around early summer, with the PS Vita version following quite a bit later–sometime around early 2013, apparently. Sega still hasn’t announced PSO 2 for release outside of Japan, but we’ll likely hear something more about that in and around E3.