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Sega Announces Phantasy Star Online 2 For PC

And then mentions little else about it.

Even though Sega neglected to bring the confetti, the kazoos, and the fireworks to the floor of Tokyo Game Show 2010, it's managed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Phantasy Star Online in a radical and meaningful way. How, you ask? By announcing a brand installment in the long-running MMO-ish franchise called Phantasy Star Online 2

Details are lighter than air, despite the recent appearance of an official site, but it is known that PSO 2 will be a PC game set for release at some point in 2011.
 

 
Siliconera reports that Phantasy Star brain Satoshi Sakai is calling PSO 2 a "true successor," and more importantly, a "completely new work." And here I was thinking that Sega was just rereleasing a PSP classic under this game's name. Shucks.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Even though Sega neglected to bring the confetti, the kazoos, and the fireworks to the floor of Tokyo Game Show 2010, it's managed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Phantasy Star Online in a radical and meaningful way. How, you ask? By announcing a brand installment in the long-running MMO-ish franchise called Phantasy Star Online 2

Details are lighter than air, despite the recent appearance of an official site, but it is known that PSO 2 will be a PC game set for release at some point in 2011.
 

 
Siliconera reports that Phantasy Star brain Satoshi Sakai is calling PSO 2 a "true successor," and more importantly, a "completely new work." And here I was thinking that Sega was just rereleasing a PSP classic under this game's name. Shucks.
Posted by EdsXwing

Nice!

Posted by The_Laughing_Man

Mmm another MMO? Can you call PSO an MMO?  
 
Wonder how much it will cost per month. 

Posted by OllyOxenFree
@The_Laughing_Man said:
" Mmm another MMO? Can you call PSO an MMO?   Wonder how much it will cost per month.  "
MMO= Massive Multiplayer Online.  So...yes?
Posted by august
@OllyOxenFree said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" Mmm another MMO? Can you call PSO an MMO?   Wonder how much it will cost per month.  "
MMO= Massive Multiplayer Online.  So...yes? "
He's asking because the original PSO was highly instanced, and not exactly "massive."
Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

Fail. Will go route of APB.

Posted by CowMuffins
@Lind_L_Taylor said:
" Fail. Will go route of APB. "
Have you ever played PSO? Probably not.
Posted by WinterSnowblind
@OllyOxenFree said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" Mmm another MMO? Can you call PSO an MMO?   Wonder how much it will cost per month.  "
MMO= Massive Multiplayer Online.  So...yes? "
PSO was a CRPG.  There was nothing massive about it..  You were in a lobby with (I think) around 20 other people and then formed teams of four to take on missions.  This structure is no different from something like Guild Wars, Neverwinter Nights or Diablo.
 
I was a big fan of the first game back on the Dreamcast and later the Gamecube, but if they even consider charging a monthly fee for this..  I'll gladly pass and go back to the PSP version.
Posted by ViciousAnchovy

Oh man, I'm not too big on playing things on PC. But I love PSO. Maybe I will get it, since I played Cave Story and Daggerfall on the PC and enjoyed those.

Posted by Xeiphyer
@Lind_L_Taylor said:
" Fail. Will go route of APB. "
Phantasy Star is actually pretty popular, and its not a new IP like APB was, so it already has name recognition and an existing fanbase. It won't fail like APB =P
 
Plus Jeff loves PSO, so he will just buy a lifetime subscription and keep it going forever.
Posted by OllyOxenFree
@WinterSnowblind said:
" @OllyOxenFree said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" Mmm another MMO? Can you call PSO an MMO?   Wonder how much it will cost per month.  "
MMO= Massive Multiplayer Online.  So...yes? "
PSO was a CRPG.  There was nothing massive about it..  You were in a lobby with (I think) around 20 other people and then formed teams of four to take on missions.  This structure is no different from something like Guild Wars, Neverwinter Nights or Diablo.  I was a big fan of the first game back on the Dreamcast and later the Gamecube, but if they even consider charging a monthly fee for this..  I'll gladly pass and go back to the PSP version. "
Oh, I see.  It's been a while since I played PSO so excuse my confusion.
Posted by StrikeALight

Holy shit. PSO2.
  
2001 was a total blur to me because of the original. Here's hoping it won't suck as hard as PSU did.

Edited by Brodehouse

Unless they're going to have it on consoles, this probably won't return investment.  Phantasy Star, like most Japanese games, has not progressed in years.  I'lll put dollars to donuts that the same stuff that was messed up about the original will still be messed up a decade later in the sequel.  
 
The people who played it back then have moved on to games that have progressed... to the people who didn't, Phantasy Star are kind of crappy action RPGs that get released every year.
 
People say new Phantasy Star games aren't as good... the truth is that they're the same.  Nostalgia rampancy.

Posted by Vitius

I'll get it if it has no monthly subscription. Otherwise, PSU has left too much of a bad taste in my mouth.

Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@august said:
" @OllyOxenFree said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" Mmm another MMO? Can you call PSO an MMO?   Wonder how much it will cost per month.  "
MMO= Massive Multiplayer Online.  So...yes? "
He's asking because the original PSO was highly instanced, and not exactly "massive." "
Ya..so will we be charged? Cause the one on the dreamcast was free. 
Posted by crusader8463

As long as this is like the original PSO and doesn't have a monthly fee I will be buying it. If it does however, it's got to do some amazing things to make me consider buying it.

Posted by TheHT
@crusader8463 said:
" As long as this is like the original PSO and doesn't have a monthly fee I will be buying it."
Posted by TheMustacheHero
@Lind_L_Taylor said:
" Fail. Will go route of APB. "
You've obviously never played PSO then.
Posted by Olivaw

If this game is as good as the original PSO, I will play the hell out of it.

Posted by WhiskeyMcGhee

Cool, but I don't have high hopes for it.

Posted by Tekkor

The original PSO on Dreamcast was awesome.....the second PSO Universe or whatever sucked. I really hope they come through with this one. PSO is a great alternative to the heavy MMO's of today. It was more about faster action and fun. Didnt stress your brain more then needed.

Edited by Solh0und
@Lind_L_Taylor said:

" Fail. Will go route of APB. "

You sir are thee fail 
 
Back on topic: I loved the original PSO and the episodes. PSU was a ok game and currently I have yet to play Phantasy Star Portable 2
Posted by Jalaman

YES
YESSSSSSSSSSS
FUCK
YESSSSSSS
DAY ONE PURCHASE
YES
MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE

Posted by BrickRoad

PSO2. I've been waiting, Sonic Team. Please don't screw this up.

Posted by Vitamin_Dei
@The_Laughing_Man said: 
Ya..so will we be charged? Cause the one on the dreamcast was free.  "
No. A "Hunter's License" was $10 a month.
Posted by Jeffk38uk

So long as it wasnt like PSU, I'm golden.

Edited by Vorbis

Kinda hoped it would be a console game, since ya know, PSO being the first of its kind on consoles. But I'll take it.

Posted by megaplushie

Yes! I'm looking forward to this! I just hope it's actually PSO and not Universe.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85
@Vitamin_Dei said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said: 
Ya..so will we be charged? Cause the one on the dreamcast was free.  "
No. A "Hunter's License" was $10 a month. "
Yeah I can totally see them charging for this. Why not? Consumers are stupid enough to pay for just about everything (myself included) why not charge a fee in this day and age?
Posted by SunKing
Posted by Chrion

Its like Diablo with some timing to your attacks. Its actually quite addictive and fun. Dont expect it to replace your Star Wars the Old Republic or World of Warcraft, expect it to be more something you and your buddies on vent do after you log off your MMO of choice, and before you go watch your porn, smoke a cig, and go to bed. Its fun for a few hours or so here and there.

Posted by JoelTGM

I'm somewhat excited for this, but they can't be charging monthly like they did before, because it's exactly like Guild Wars in that there's a lobby and then instanced worlds.  No reason for monthly fees. 

Posted by 137
@OllyOxenFree said:
" @WinterSnowblind said:
" @OllyOxenFree said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" Mmm another MMO? Can you call PSO an MMO?   Wonder how much it will cost per month.  "
MMO= Massive Multiplayer Online.  So...yes? "
PSO was a CRPG.  There was nothing massive about it..  You were in a lobby with (I think) around 20 other people and then formed teams of four to take on missions.  This structure is no different from something like Guild Wars, Neverwinter Nights or Diablo.  I was a big fan of the first game back on the Dreamcast and later the Gamecube, but if they even consider charging a monthly fee for this..  I'll gladly pass and go back to the PSP version. "
Oh, I see.  It's been a while since I played PSO so excuse my confusion. "
YOU JUST GOT SERVED SON!!! 
Posted by JamesBoyce

FUCKING.  YES.

Posted by Jadeskye

OH MY FUCKING GOD YES! MY LIFE IS COMPLETE!

Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@Vitamin_Dei said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said: 
Ya..so will we be charged? Cause the one on the dreamcast was free.  "
No. A "Hunter's License" was $10 a month. "
I was never charged. I played the fully game with others and never was charged. 
Posted by Jadeskye
@The_Laughing_Man said:
" @Vitamin_Dei said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said: 
Ya..so will we be charged? Cause the one on the dreamcast was free.  "
No. A "Hunter's License" was $10 a month. "
I was never charged. I played the fully game with others and never was charged.  "
How? On the gamecube, Dreamcast, PC. every platform required a hunter's license at 10 bucks a month.
Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@jadeskye said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" @Vitamin_Dei said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said: 
Ya..so will we be charged? Cause the one on the dreamcast was free.  "
No. A "Hunter's License" was $10 a month. "
I was never charged. I played the fully game with others and never was charged.  "
How? On the gamecube, Dreamcast, PC. every platform required a hunter's license at 10 bucks a month. "
Dreamcast. Was never charged. Played for a nice 5 months. Never had anything happen. Aside from meeting some hackers. Which I stole all there money from. 
Posted by jakob187

Eh.  The game was cool to have on Dreamcast, but it wasn't anything super fantastic.

Posted by Jadeskye
@The_Laughing_Man: I wish i knew how that was possible O_o
Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@jadeskye said:
" @The_Laughing_Man: I wish i knew how that was possible O_o "
It may have been during the last 5 months. Who knows. I just remeber a lot of 

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Posted by Mechanized

No Spread Needle, no buy.

Posted by MrKlorox

I hope this isn't just another terrible MMO. Here's hoping they go Guild Wars with the pricing.

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Posted by TheChaos
@JamesBoyce said:
" FUCKING.  YES. "
Posted by HarrySound

One of the most influential games ever made. 
VERY good news!

Posted by SuperSecretAgenda

So they're bringing back the actual PSO and not this PSU crap?
 
Praise be the lord.

Posted by Svampson

No the dreamcast version did not have a monthly fee (atleast the PAL version)

Posted by dungbootle

Radical!

Posted by ceego

Well excited by this! Loved the original PSO!

Posted by ch13696

Most likely it will probably cost $9.99 a month like Phantasy Star Universe.

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