In the midst of all of the buzz surrounding Sony’s surprise announcement of a new PS Vita 2000 system, one of the big unveils that may have slipped under the radar is the confirmation of a brand new Phantasy Star game, exclusively for Sony’s PS Vita handheld.
Developers tri-Ace have announced that they are bringing Phantasy Star Nova to the PS Vita in 2014 and unlike Phantasy Star Online 2, this one will be focused more on single-player gameplay. It means that the game is going to be a proper offline RPG adventure that you can enjoy and should help to fill the void left by the lack of a PS Vita Final Fantasy game.
Nova is now in progress by a 200-strong team at tri-Ace and the developer has already confirmed that the game will feature elements from Phantasy Star Online 2 – a game that is still awaiting a western release on the PS Vita.
Nova will also feature a co-op multiplayer mode as well, with support for up to four players to work together to do battle against various monsters in a classic Phantasy Star style environment. The fact that this is meant for a single-player audience though, should be very encouraging for fans who have been feeling starved of J-RPG action on the PS Vita.
Like Phantasy Star Online 2, expect a Japanese version to release first, but hopefully it won’t be too long of a delay until a version is ready for Europe and the US. Expect to see more details on Nova at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show expo in the coming days.
Are you excited about a single-player orientated Phantasy Star game coming exclusively to the PS Vita? It could turn out to be a massive success. Who needs Monster Hunter eh?