Sega has a lot of pressure on their shoulders to deliver a top quality online RPG on the PS Vita. Sony’s handheld is in dire need of some new games to play and Phantasy Star Online 2 is surely going to help fill the gap when it releases later on this year. The game is already out in Japan and to prepare for the upcoming western release on PS Vita, we now have some extended gameplay to show you to get your juices flowing.
If you didn’t already know it, Phantasy Star Online 2 is a free-to-play game. You’ll be able to download and start playing the game for free, but you’ll find that many in-game items are locked out and in need of micro transaction payments in order to have access to the most worthwhile items.
This is a formula that many game developers are now favoring over standard format, with DUST 514 and Marvel Avengers Alliance just two examples that appear to be very successful – Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic is another notable one after first being released as a paid-for game.
Unfortunately, there is still no definite indication on when SEGA plans to release the game in English, for US and UK PS Vita owners. It doesn’t look like it is coming any time soon either as the game is only being prepared for a Japanese PS Vita release this February – as it will obviously take a good deal of time to localize the game in English.
The gameplay itself in the trailer is very good though and should give you a nice conclusion as to whether you think the game is actually worth buying. There’s a detailed look (in Japanese) on how the in-depth character customization features work, while there is also an appearance from Sony mascot Toro as well for those that have seen the cat before in other Sony games.
What are your thoughts on the game going free-to-play? – Are you willing to spend all of your money via micro transactions rather than a one off payment? Enjoy the new gameplay footage below.