Phantasy Star Online 2 Heading Our Way Early 2014

Phantasy Star Online 2

We snooped it out a couple months back but now, Asiasoft and SEGA have officially announced Phantasy Star Online 2 for Southeast Asian territories.

In a press release, SEGA President and Chief Operating Officer Naoya Tsurumi said: “SEGA and Asiasoft will be working closely together to provide the best PSO2 experience for users in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines by creating localized contents that will appeal to the market in said countries.”

Phantasy Star Online 2 is a free-to-play online RPG that originally released on PC last year for Japan. It has gone on to great success, registering over 2.5 million IDs and 107 thousand concurrent users, record-breaking figures for an online game there.

Contributing to its popularity is real-time combat that supports combos, counter-attacks and aerial strikes, all taking place in a sci-fi fantasy world that involves space travel, random encounters and boss battles. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Japanese game without a robust character creator to give you the perfect avatar.

It’s possible that we’d be the first English-speaking audience that receives the game outside Japan, as SEGA has yet to make any announcements since delaying the North American release. If true, we can likely attribute it to the fact that most F2P games perform better in Asian markets, especially when it’s made in Asia in the first place. That SEGA will be providing localised content is a neat bonus too, and is likely a move to show their dedication towards the digital space.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is exclusively for PC. More information on the launch plan will be announced soon.

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Ade Putra

Ade thinks there's nothing quite like a good game and a snug headcrab. He grew up with HIDEO KOJIMA's Metal Gear Solid, lives for RPGs, and is waiting for light guns to make their comeback.