Sega’s tremendously popular online action RPG series Phantasy Star Online will be coming to the PlayStation Vita in the form of Phantasy Star Online 2. Even better news is that it will be cross-platform compatible with the PC version, and that owners of both versions can play the same character in both.
Announced during Sony’s “Game Heaven” night of Vita game announcements, the news should give the Vita a needed boost in Japanese hardware sales. Both Phantasy Star Portable and its direct sequel for the PSP sold extremely well in Japan, and it’s not unreasonable to expect that this should at least contribute to Vita’s climb.
Here’s a YouTube video of the announcement. All videos from this night began with some hooplah about the system itself. This is necessary, because no one in Japan has one yet.
There is not yet an exact release date on this game, so its help to the Vita crusade won’t be coming any time soon.
Phantasy Star Online for the Dreamcast was my first experience with online gaming — about a decade ago. I’d go on to play the game online and with my siblings on the GameCube, but have been absent from its world for quite some time since those days. At long last, I’m gonna get my PSO on once again with the Vita though. You?