Sega has announced some brand new details for their upcoming MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2. The game was previously confirmed for the PS Vita as well as Windows PC and has now been confirmed for Japanese Smartphones.
The publisher also confirmed that the PC version will be free-to-play supported by in-game micro transactions. Micro transactions will also be supported on the PS Vita and Mobile versions, whoever it is unknown if players will have to play for the client software. Unlike other “free 2 play” MMOs the in-game store will not restrict free players to a certain level cap or offer experience boosts. Items purchased with “AresCash” (in game currency) will be used for cosmetic changes to player’s characters.
No minimum specs or confirmed platforms have been confirmed for the mobile versions of Phantasy Star Online 2 just yet. The in game screenshots released by Sega do show graphics far beyond their previous portable Phantasy Star title, Phantasy Star Portable 2, released in 2009. We’re guessing that the game will require at least a dual core smart phone, but we’ll have to wait for word from SEGA.
Japanese gamers itching for a chance to check out Phantasy Star Online 2 beyond the game’s private alpha, which was held this past december, will be able to download the PSO2 Character Create on April 5th. Characters created after the 5th be will be able to be used in the game’s upcoming Beta.
Here’s hoping that Sega confirms a North American release for Phantasy Star Online 2 during this year’s E3 Expo. So far the game has only been confirmed for Japan.