Speaking of games confirmed for North America and Europe: Phantasy Star Online 2 is also coming to the West!

SEGA’s free-to-play multiplayer RPG will be released in NA/EU in early 2013. PR and the Japanese gameplay trailer have been embed after the break for those who are, most probably, curious about this pretty big deal announcement. Though nobody knows if the upcoming Vita version (localized and JP) will also make its way in “early 2013”, because that’s the bigger deal for folks like me who own a Vita and crave for something multiplayer-y similar to Monster Hunter.

SEGA ANNOUNCES THE WESTERN RELEASE OF PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 SEGA’s Epic Free-to-Play Multiplayer Action RPG Coming to North America and Europe in Early 2013

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 9th, 2012 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd today announced that free-to-play multiplayer action RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 will be coming to North America and Europe in 2013. For a first look at this new entry in the legendary Phantasy Star series, check out the official Phantasy Star Online 2 teaser site at www.pso2.com.

“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 Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “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.

Over ten years have passed since the release of the boundary-breaking Dreamcast hit, Phantasy Star Online, and SEGA is poised to continue the Phantasy Star series’ multiplayer legacy on PCs worldwide with Phantasy Star Online 2. 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!

Phantasy Star Online 2’s features include:

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

For more information about Phantasy Star Online 2, visit the official site at www.pso2.com.

For more news, follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA (http://twitter.com/phantasystar) or “like” us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sega.pso2).

Exciting stuff, even though it seems 2013 is proving  — yet again, if you check your calendars– to be another ridiculous year for video games. Man, will I have all the time in the world to sit and play all these RPGs and whatnot? Probably not. Probably. But hey — priorities, is all.

The game has also been getting some good reviews in Japan, in case you’re wondering.

I also want to point out that most of my friends back home (a.k.a. the “New Talamasca”) are huge into MMOs and the like, and they’ve been usually telling me to “play the games we all have been playing aside from your consoles and whathaveyou”. Well, PSO2 might be the first then because (a) it’s free and (b) it is set on a pretty established franchise that’s very intriguing for a guy who loves Japananimation sci-fi and mechs.

Of course I have to convince them first, which might take some effort…

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