Sega’s free-to-play PC MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released for the PlayStation Vita February 28 next year, this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine revealed. Like on the PC, the basic level of service in PSO2 for the Vita will be free, with certain noncritical perks like a bigger storage warehouse and access to a personal living room available as paid content.
PSO2 on the Vita will share the same servers as the PC version, and the game itself will be available as a free download from the Japanese PlayStation store on 28 February 2013.
Fortunately for fans who’d like to get in on the PSO2 Vita action early without being forced to stick with a Japanese PSN/SEN account on their Vita systems, Sega will also be releasing a retail version of the game client, in the form of a “special package” that comes bundled with seven premium items for 5,229 yen.
(Note: it is unknown at this point if a Japanese PSN/SEN account would be required to play, even if you bought the retail package.)
Here’s what the special package contains:
- Phantasy Star Portable 2 costume set (2 costumes for each of the game’s four races, for a total of eight)
- Phantasy Star Portable 2 weapon set (3 types: the sword “Wing Sparda”, launcher “Grad Cannon”, and rod “Grand 6”, all refined to better suit PSO2’s graphical style)
- Mag Evolution Device (allows one mag to be evolved into an angel-type support mag based on the image of Emilia)
- Ornament Stickers (lets you attach “little wings” to your PSO2 costumes)
- Music Disc (containing tracks from Phantasy Star Portable 1 and 2)
- Premium Set for 30 days
- 1000-point FUN ticket
According to Sega, Phantasy Star Online 2 on the PC – officially launced in July this year – passed the 1,000,000 registered players milestone last month. Outside of a PC and PS Vita version, a PSO2 smartphone game app that serves as an offline companion to the aforementioned two versions, is also in development.
Sega has plans to bring a localised version of Phantasy Star Online 2 to English audiences.