Phantasy Star Online 2 is headed west
North America is going to get some Phantasy Star Online 2 action, as this reveal trailer confirms…
If you like your RPGs with brightly-coloured armour, oversized swords, booming orchestral scores and more hair dyes than a L’Oreal catalogue, and you live in North America, you’re in luck.
Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2 is set to depart from the exclusive climes of the East, and will be released in the US next year on PC. A fully translated PC version would also open the game up to other western gamers too, assuming no region-locking funny business is employed.
PSO2, the successor to the Dreamcast original PSO, is a loot-heavy action RPG dungeon crawler where players can group up online and head into co-operative battles. The game itself is quite simplistic when compared to more traditional RPGS, and of course, to more full-fledged MMOs like World of Warcraft and The Old Republic, but the action-heavy combat and accessible game mechanics present a big appeal for those not to keen on spending a frightening amount of their lives in a virtual world, and instead want instant gratification and hands-on play.
The original PSO was the first major online console RPG released, and it was an addictive and enjoyable co-op experience. With the PC, the genre’s spiritual home, hosting the second title, it’s sure to be a success, if it can tempt players away from the big online RPGs, that is.