Phantasy Star Online 2

  • Released on Jul 3, 2012
  • By Sega for PC, PS4, PS Vita

[edit] Background

Continuing on a decade of Phantasy Star Online, SEGA continues the legacy of the Dreamcast original with Phantasy Star Online 2 for the PC. In the Year 238, the New Era of Light, players will join a new band of Arcs in the fight against mysterious D-Arkers, embarking on another epic adventure of infinite possibilities!

[edit] Game Info

Phantasy Star Online 2 will find players joining the “Arks” organization as part of the Oracle Fleet – a group of spaceships traveling through the far reaches of the galaxy, with the mission to explore and research newly discovered planets. The game recaptures the sense of adventure and discovery of the original PSO, with players finding their way through uncertain territory while working together — the game is designed so you can adventure alone and explore at your own pace, but has a heavy emphasis on teamwork as well, making unprecedented group encounters possible.

Starting the game in a central hub reminiscent of the original PSO, players will find join a futuristic living space with the chance to learn about their missions, meet other players, and set off to explore challenging new worlds. Embark on the game’s story, and encounter the mysterious D-Arkers — a malevolent force challenging those who would venture into the depths of space.

Together, intrepid players may be able to unravel the mysteries of Phantasy Star, but one thing is for sure: from Rappies to MAGs; from player housing to massive boss encounters, with teamwork and skillful action combat, Phantasy Star is back to provide all new worlds of adventure.

Play as the jack-of-all-trades Humans, the mystical Newman, or the powerful and robotic CAST. From there, you can begin to explore the way the class system is designed to open up your ability to experience and interact with the game world.

The game features three different classes to start as: the Force class with their mastery of Photon Arts, the up-close-and-personal combat prowess of the Hunter, and the long-range tactical genius of the Ranger. Leveling in PSO2 is class-based: you level up classes as you choose, allowing you to try out different ways of playing.

Making your way through the game you will explore randomized dungeons and have special random encounters – custom-event challenges that happen during the course of a mission, designed to test your skill, nerve, and teamwork. Oh yes — and, making its return from the original Phantasy Star Online, the MAG – a combat assistant you can customize to suit your needs.

Ultimately, the game is shaped around the core idea of players extensively customizing their individual weapon combos and upgrading their own skills, combining the character progression of an RPG with the flat-out combat prowess of an arcade-action game. Mix in Phantasy Star’s unique and extensive style and incredible customization, and you have the recipe for an online multiplayer experience unlike any other.

[edit] Features

  • Deep sci-fi fantasy universe filled with lush landscapes, extraordinary creatures, and epic adventures
  • Revolutionary real-time combat and third-person action with devastating combos and counters to master
  • Flexible, class-based leveling system that lets players define their own play-style with distinctive melee, ranged, and magic weapon types
  • Randomized dungeon maps and unexpected mid-quest encounters that ensure each quest is different for each player
  • Deep character creation system with a nearly limitless number of potential appearances
  • Three degrees of humanity to experience across three unique races: the versatile Humans, spiritually-powered Newmen, and artificial CAST


Sega has no plans to release Phantasy Star Online 2 for PS4 outside of Japan

Greatness does not yet await PSO fans in NA and Europe

Aug 21 at 5:25pm, by Maxfield Navarro | 15 comments
Phantasy Star Online 2 heads to PS4 in Japan next year

Still no update on whether or not MMORPG will be localized outside of Japan

Aug 17 at 11:04am, by Luke Gillespie | 5 comments
Phantasy Star Online 2 trailer has all you need to know about the Vita version

It's long as hell, seriously

Jan 31, 2013, by Lydia Sung | 9 comments
Phantasy Star Online 2 user count hits 1 million

Doing well in Japan

Oct 09, 2012, by Sean Ridgeley | 5 comments
Phantasy Star Online 2 to launch for Western markets in early 2013

Remains free-to-play for North America and Europe

Jul 09, 2012, by Leo Chan | 2 comments

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Release Dates
  • North America: Jul 3, 2012
  • Japan:
    • Feb 28, 2013 (vita)
    • Jul 4, 2012 (PC)
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