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Phantasy Star Online 2
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): PlayStation Vita, Windows PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: RPG































Release Date RRP Code
Windows PC
JP
¥Free; in-game items cost money ?
Windows PC
JP (Premium Package)
¥5,980 (6,279) HCJ-0426
Windows PC
JP (Premium Package 2)
¥5,980 (6,279) HCJ-0427



Sony PlayStation Vita
JP
¥4,980 (5,229) VLJM-35031
Sony PlayStation Vita
JP (Download)
¥Free to play ?
Sony PlayStation Vita
JP (Episode 2 Deluxe Package)
¥4,980 (5,229) VLJM-35091
Sony PlayStation Vita
JP (Episode 3 Deluxe Package)
¥4,980 (5,378) VLJM-35192



Sony PlayStation 4
JP
¥4,990 (5,389) PLJM-84053
Sony PlayStation 4
JP (Download)
¥Free to play ?




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Phantasy Star Online 2 (ファンタシースターオンライン2) is a PC MMORPG developed and published by Sega, released in Japan in early 2012. A PlayStation Vita port was released in early 2013 and a PlayStation 4 version is planned for 2016. The game is a true sequel to the original Phantasy Star Online (unlike Phantasy Star Universe) however it takes features from all of the series, including Phantasy Star Portable 2. It features a brand new combat system similar to hack and slash games such as Devil May Cry and Bayonetta with the ability to run and climb on enemies includes a revamp of the Ranger combat playing more like third person shooters such as Lost Planet and the return of MAGs.

Multiple party quests are also a new addition to the game, with multiple parties grouping together to succeed in difficult challenges (like raids in MMORPGs)

History

Alpha Test

On Febuary 5th at the "Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Nationwide Fan Thanks Festival 2011" Sega announced that the Alpha test would be available in Summer 2011 and purchasing a copy of PSP2 Infinity would give players a lottery code with the chance to gain access to the Alpha. Two days later Sega announced that having an active Premium Japanese Phantasy Star Universe account on certain dates would also allow users to also get a lottery code.

The alpha dates with 3 tests were as follows:

  • August 18th, 16:00 ~ 23:00 [Test 1]
  • August 19th, 18:00 ~ 23:00 [Test 1]
  • August 23rd, 16:00 ~ 23:00 [Test 2]
  • August 26th, 16:00 ~ August 27th 23:00 [Test 3]

After the alpha Sega of Japan announced that the game was delayed till 2012 after fan feedback to adjust the game in several ways. [1]

Second Alpha Test

Back in late November 2011, SEGA opened up Registrations for the second Alpha Test which closed entries on the 17th January 2012. Afterwards SEGA announced a week later (on the 24th) which players were picked for the Alpha 2 through waves. The NDA was lifted for this alpha. Many new features and changes had been introduced: player shops, massive changes to the mission types and enemy spawn system and rooms were introduced to the alpha along with a brand new interface far more similar to Phantasy Star Portable 2. The amount of people who got in was far larger than the original. (23k players online consecutively at one point)

The test dates for Alpha 2 were as follows:

  • January 27th, 16:00 to 23:00 JST
  • January 28th, 18:00 to 26:00 JST
  • February 1st, 16:00 to 23:00 JST
  • February 3, 15:00 through Feb 4, 23:00 (32 hours continuously)

Beta Test

Open beta began on June 21, 2012 as free-to-play. Open beta ended on July 2, 2012, in preparation for release on July 4, 2012. Characters created by players during open beta were carried over to the live servers.

The game was a success in it's native market, with an update yearly. Currently it is on Episode 5.

Magazine articles

Main article: Phantasy Star Online 2/Magazine articles.

Artwork

Physical scans

PC version

PC, JP (Premium Package)
PSO2 PC JP Box PP.jpg
Cover
PC, JP (Premium Package Vol. 2)
PSO2 PC JP Box PPV2.jpg
Cover
PC, JP
(Episode 2 Deluxe Package)
PSO2E2 PC JP Box.jpg
Cover
PC, JP
(Episode 3 Deluxe Package)
PSO2E3 PC JP Box.jpg
Cover
PC, JP
(Episode 4 Deluxe Package)
PSO2E4 PC JP Box.jpg
Cover

PlayStation Vita version

PlayStation Vita, JP (Special Package)
PSO2 Vita JP Box SP.jpg
Cover
PSO2 Vita JP Cart.jpg
Cart
PSO2 Vita JP Box SP Manual.pdf
Manual
PSO2 Vita JP Box SP Pamphlet.pdf
Pamphlet
PlayStation Vita, JP
(Episode 2 Deluxe Package)
PSO2E2 PSV JP back.jpgNospine.pngPSO2E2 PSV JP cover.jpg
Cover
PlayStation Vita, JP
(Episode 3 Deluxe Package)
PSO2E3 PSV JP cover.jpg
Cover
PlayStation Vita, JP
(Episode 4 Deluxe Package)
PSO2E4 PSV JP Box.jpg
Cover

PlayStation 4 version

PlayStation Vita, JP
(Episode 4 Deluxe Package)
PSO2E4 PS4 JP Box.jpg
Cover

External links

References

  1. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/vljm35031.html
  2. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0177pcsg00141_00phantasystaronl2.html
  3. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/vljm35091.html
  4. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/vljm35192.html
  5. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/pljm84053.html
  6. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0177cusa02647_00phantasystaronl2.html


Phantasy Star series
"Classic" series
Phantasy Star (1987) | Phantasy Star II (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (1990) | Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (1993)
Phantasy Star II Text Adventures (Amia | Anne | Huey | Kinds | Nei | Rudger | Shilka | Yushis/Eusis) (1991) | Phantasy Star Adventure (1992) | Phantasy Star Gaiden (1992) | Phantasy Star Generation: 1 (2003) | Phantasy Star Generation: 2 (2005)
Compilations
Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection (1998) | Phantasy Star Collection (2003) | Phantasy Star Complete Collection (2008)
Albums
Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection I (1993) | Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection II (1993) | Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album (2008) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013)
Audiobooks
Memorial Drama CD & Fanbook "Phantasy Star: Fuujirareshi Kioku" (1995)
Books
Phantasy Star II Hint Book (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Toki no Keishousha Koushiki Guide Book (1990) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Hint Book (1991) | Phantasy Star: Sennenki no Owari ni Game Guide Book (1994) | Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu (1995) | Phantasy Star IV Official Players Guide (1995) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013)
"Modern" series
Phantasy Star Online (Ver. 2 | Ep. I & II | Ep. III | Ep. IV) (2000-2005) | Phantasy Star Universe (Ambition of the Illuminus) (2006-2007) | Phantasy Star Online 2 (es) (2012-2014)
Handheld games
Phantasy Star 0 (Mini) (2008-2009) | Phantasy Star Portable (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Infinity) (2009-2011) | Phantasy Star: Eternal Planets (2011) | Phantasy Star Nova (2014)
Compilations
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II & III Trilogy (200x) | Phantasy Star Defender's Pack! (2011)
Albums
Phantasy Star Online Original Sound Track (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Songs of Ragol Odyssey: Soundtrack Episode 1 & 2 (2002) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III Special Edition (2003) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution Original Sound Track (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Premium Arrange (2004) | Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst Episode IV Sound Track (2005) | Phantasy Star Universe Game Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Tsutaya Original Sound Track (2006) | Save This World: Phantasy Star Universe Original Score (2006) | For Brighter Day Phantasy Star Universe Original Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Original Soundtrack (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Original Sound Track (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Special Single CD (2009) | Phantasy Star Soundtrack: Theme Song Collection (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Original Soundtrack: Wings of Universe (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Special CD (2011) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Original Soundtrack (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Mini Sound Track (2013) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 1 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 2 (2013) | Phantasy Star Music Collection 2000-2007 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Song CD: Song Festival (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 3 (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Original Soundtrack (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Song CD: Song Festival II (2015) | Phantasy Star Online Series 15th Anniversary Concert: Sympathy 2015 Live Memorial Album (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation Original Soundtrack (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 4 (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 5 (2017)
Audiobooks
Phantasy Star Online 2: Project Dream Arcs! (2013)
Books
Phantasy Star Online Navigation Guide (2000) | Phantasy Star Online Official Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Kanzen Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Tettei Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Fan Book (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Official Perfect Guide (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Ultimate (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution Complete Guide (2003) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (2004) | Phantasy Star Universe Signature Series Guide (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Perfect Bible (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Visual Book (200x) | Phantasy Star Universe Settei Shiryoushuu (2007) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Perfect Guide (2007) | Phantasy Star Portable Fan Book: Guardians Maniacs (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable Perfect Bible (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Photon Master Guide (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Complete Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star 0 Official Strategy Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Star Frontier Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Perfect Bible (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity: Infinity Battle Guide (2011) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Start Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Master Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Expert Guide (2013) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013) | Phantasy Star Nova Guide Book (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Side Stories (2015) | Phantasy Star Nova Perfect Bible (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2012-2015 (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2015) 15th Anniversary Phantasy Star Online Visual Chronicles (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2015-2016: Oracle & Tokyo Collection (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 3 Settei Shiryoushuu (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 es 3rd Anniversary Visual & Chip Collection (2017)
Other
Phantasy Star Online 2: On Stage (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (2016)