Although there has been recent speculation Phantasy Star Online 2 might be a Japan-only title, Sega squashed the rumours today by announcing that the game will indeed be coming to the west in 2013. The game was officially released in Japan on July 4th, and follows a free-to-play model. Players can choose to buy various items in-game for real currency if they wish, but it is not a necessity.
In a press release sent to popular Phantasy Star Online fan site PSO World Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America spoke on the company’s decision to bring the game to North America and Europe.
“Phantasy Star Online was a revolutionary game when it was released, and we want to make sure that its successor in the series is every bit as ambitious,” said Olson. “We look forward to introducing Phantasy Star Online 2’s unique, easy-to-access multiplayer action to the rest of the world next year!”
“The number one thing we want to provide players in Phantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every time they log in. Just as great table-top RPG experiences revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore dungeons and undertake quests,” added Satoshi Sakai, Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer at SEGA of Japan.
The game is expected to be released on Windows PC, Playstation Vita, Android and Apple iOS devices. Expect a North American trailer to be posted by Sega sometime today.
An official North American website was also launched with the announcement, which can visited here.