Sega has just announced an American release date for Phantasy Star Online Version 2 – finally! It’ll arrive on July 10th for a price of $39.99. No word on the pay-to-play online, but at least we have the release date for now.
Probably. But those of us that have a Sega Dreamcast, like me, are likely thinking about what console to get next. Seeings as Sega is currently not making any more consoles, the sensible option would be to grab the machine that has the most Sega support going for it. Well, at this stage it’s hard to tell, but in an interview led by IGN, Yuji Naka, Sonic Team boss (and God in many people’s eyes), has said to stick with the Nintendo GameCube should you be a full on fan of Sonic Team. Continue reading Stick with Ninty for Sonic Team! Confused?
We all know that the Dreamcast is pretty much dead, but every time we see an interview that affirms that fact, we get a little bit down. Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka has said he’s unsure whether he’s going to be making any future projects on the console, which feels like another drive of the stake in the heart. Ow. Continue reading Sonic Team Unlikely to Make Another Dreamcast Game
Check this out – Sega has released brand new screenshots of Phantasy Star Online featuring characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Seems like Sonic Team wants to hype up the blue blur’s 10th Anniversary as much as possible! Continue reading Sonic to Make Appearances in PSO Throughout June
What good is an anniversary without a party to celebrate? Sonic Team plans to do just that in honour of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 10th, with two events happening in Japan which will allow fans to net some swag and schmooze with Sonic Team developers. Continue reading Sega Plans Big Parties for Sonic’s 10th Anniversary
Reuters reports that Sega and Sonic Team will be making a special version of Phantasy Star Online for PlayStation 2. The game will be released later this year in the US and will apparently be one of the first products that will be involved with Sega’s latest collaboration with Sony, which will also see Dreamcast users link up to PS2 players.
In a recent article in the UK edition of Nintendo Official Magazine, it was noted that Sega and Nintendo are working together on a top secret RPG for Ninty’s new knight in shining armour, the GameCube. We already know that Sega is releasing a number of games on the console, including Phantasy Star Online, so this wouldn’t seem too far fetched.
In any case, it really seems like Sega has hit the ground running when it comes to third party development. Beware, Electronic Arts!
Sonic Team’s own Yuji Naka had a chance to talk with the folks at Famitsu about the upcoming Gamecube port of Phantasy Star Online, and its actual online capacity. “I haven’t done any work concerning the Gamecube PSO network yet. What I want you to know for now is how passionate we are about Gamecube.” Continue reading Naka: PSO Gamecube Netcode Ready for Broadband Adaptor Launch
Check out the official box art for Phantasy Star Online Version 2. It looks way cool! One thing that’s clearly noticeable from the front cover however are the words “Credit Card Required for Online Play (Details Inside).” Continue reading PSO Version 2 Box Artwork Unveiled – Online Play Requires Credit Card
Yuji Naka has been talking a lot about Phantasy Star Online on Nintendo’s Gamecube this past week. When it comes to porting other Sonic Team franchises on the console, however, he’s a little more coy. Continue reading Yuji Naka Undecided on Next-Gen Samba de Amigo
You know the Sonic Dreamcast bundle that was rumoured to include Sonic Adventure, Sonic Shuffle, a Sonic Adventure 2 demo and a blue VMU? Well SEGA has finally said that it’s official and in stores now. Continue reading Sonic Dreamcast Bundle Pack is Official, Only $120
E3 is a long, hard, punishing show. So it’s nice when developers get the chance to escape from the PR room and enjoy some gaming of their own. Sonic Team chief Yuji Naka was able to do just that at Nintendo’s booth this week, enjoying a round of strategy game Pikmin. Continue reading Papped: Yuji Naka Enjoys Pikmin
After an initial delay to beef up security to the game’s netcode, SEGA has announced that Phantasy Star Online Version 2’s release date has been pushed back again in Japan. Continue reading PSO Version 2 Delayed in Japan… Again
Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka was at the E3 conference this week showing off Phantasy Star Online on the Nintendo Gamecube, and he mentioned that developing for the console has been a breeze so far. Continue reading Naka: Gamecube PSO Port Took A Single Month to Make
What better way to celebrate Sonic’s 10th Anniversary than with an official desktop wallpaper? Well, SEGA understands your needs – which is why it has shared a special background for fans to use on their computers to celebrate the big event.
You can download the wallpaper in full by heading to The Sonic Stadium’s Wallpaper section.
SEGA revealed more of their third-party publishing plans during the first day of E3, with SoA President Peter Moore confirming a slew of games for Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation 2. Continue reading E3 2001 Roundup: Day 1 Coverage
E3 is the gaming industry’s superbowl; so it’s little wonder that various companies are prepared to spend loads of money on marketing their biggest titles in outrageous ways. Sega is no exception – to promote Sonic Adventure 2, the publisher has placed an absolutely massive Shadow poster across the outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Continue reading Shadow Dominates E3’s LA Convention Centre
Sega has revealed their core line-up of titles that will be showcased at E3 2001. It looks like the company wants their foray into third party development to start with a bang, as a swathe of Gamecube and Game Boy Advance titles have been announced, alongside a rather large number of Dreamcast games. Continue reading SEGA Reveals E3 2001 Lineup
Seems like Sonic Team is getting serious with Phantasy Star Online hackers and pirates. Following a series of mishaps, including the hijacking of a live event, the developer is introducing a ‘three strikes’ penalty policy on offenders. Continue reading Sonic Team Cracks Down on PSO Pirates
Sonic Team’s lead producer, Yuji Naka, has won an award for Best Programmer at the annual high profile Association of Media in Digital (AMD) Awards in Japan. Congratulations Naka-san! Continue reading Yuji Naka Wins Best Programmer Award for PSO Innovations
Could PSO Version 2 also see a global release? That’s the current chatter happening in the Sega community this week, with suggestions that Sonic Adventure 2 will just be the first of many games that will enjoy a co-ordination worldwide launch. Continue reading Rumour: PSO Version 2 Could Get Global Launch
The Mega Drive lives on! In Japan and Asia at the very least – word on the street is that a new handheld device will be made available that comes pre-loaded with over twenty 16-Bit games. It’s called the ‘Mega Drive 21’ and will be on store shelves April 27. Continue reading ‘Mega Drive 21’ Handheld Console to Launch in Japan
It’s official – Phantasy Star Online ver 2 will indeed be hitting North American Dreamcast consoles, as well as Japan. Sega confirmed the existence of the Western release when announcing server downtime for the original Phantasy Star Online. Continue reading PSO Version 2 Confirmed for North American Release
No, that’s not the name of a weird new Sonic zone. Sega Europe has reportedly teamed up with a chain of popular bars and restaurants to promote upcoming Dreamcast games to kids and adults alike in the UK. Continue reading Sega Europe Plans Dreamcast Parties at Sports Cafe and Wacky Warehouse
Sega is preparing to show off a lot of titles at this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo. Among the confirmed games on the show floor will be the upcoming GBA titles Sonic Advance as well as ChuChu Rocket from Sonic Team, but Sega titles on Xbox will also be revealed. Continue reading SEGA’s E3 Details Revealed
Sega officially announced its commitment to third party development in a huge news conference this morning. The company outlined which of its development studios would align to which console, noting that Sonic Team, AM2 and Amusement Vision will largely focus their efforts on Nintendo’s Gamecube. Continue reading SEGA Reveals Third Party Plan: Sonic Team to Make Home on Nintendo Gamecube
As we reported last week, Phantasy Star Online got seasonal to celebrate the Easter holiday. The festivities involved a series of special Japan-only quests that players could download and enjoy. Continue reading PSO Celebrates Easter With New Quests
Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka revealed at Game Jam that Phantasy Star Online Version 2 will be slightly delayed in Japan. It was due to release on May 17, but will instead launch at the end of the month, May 31. Continue reading PSO Version 2 Delayed in Japan
Fresh info straight from PSO World, involving markers indicating a player’s death spot, new dialogue trees, more accessible co-op play and a range of interesting new creatures that can help mix up an online game. Hit the jump for full details of the changes. Continue reading PSO Version 2 to Feature More Monsters, Grave Markers
Easter has arrived on Phantasy Star Online, and that means special in-game events! Giant Easter Eggs and Fireworks on the Pioneer 2 are expected to be added to the game, along with special music whilst in the lobby area.
It’s rumoured that certain special items, and even new enemies, will be making a temporary presence in the ultimate Easter egg hunt. Be careful of giant attacking bunnies!
Looks like the rumours were true – SEGA has formally announced this week that they will be bringing eleven titles to Microsoft’s Xbox. They revealed four such titles during this announcement, which involve sequels to some classic SEGA properties. Looks like anyone who’s after a new Jet Set Radio might have to look at getting a new console! Continue reading Sega Officially Confirms Microsoft Xbox Release Slate
Sonic Team’s kooky puzzle game, ChuChu Rocket, is getting a re-release on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. And Sega has revealed the packshots for the game in both North America and Europe. Take a look below – no news on Sonic Advance’s release outside of Japan yet, but as soon as we hear anything we’ll let you know. Continue reading ChuChu Rocket GBA Box Art Revealed
There’s been a little bit of good news and bad news this week in the world of Phantasy Star Online. The officially-organised PSO Fan Cup has been halted in Japan due to hackers exploiting certain elements of the special quests. It’s likely that the event has only been temporarily stopped while the culprits are weeded out. Continue reading Hackers Spoil PSO Event, Doesn’t Stop Sonic Team Winning Awards
The upcoming Spring 2001 Tokyo Game Show event will be the venue for a big SEGA announcement that will see a list of games planned for Microsoft’s Xbox, according to IGN. The site says that it expects the publisher to outline specific titles alongside Microsoft when it introduces the Xbox console to the Japanese market. Continue reading Rumour: Sega to Announce Xbox Partnership at Tokyo Game Show 2001
TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) – Sega Corp said that its outspoken president Isao Okawa, who recently grabbed media headlines for his 85 billion yen ($695.7 million) private donation to the struggling gamemaker, died of heart failure on Friday. He was 74 years old. Continue reading SEGA President Isao Okawa Dies
New information on the upcoming Phantasy Star Online ‘Version 2’ has been revealed. The game will be released in May for Japanese Dreamcast players, and will include two new levels (Space Boat and Sanctuary) along with new Mags (like a Master System-themed one), new characters, enemies and clothing. Continue reading Phantasy Star Online ver 2 Dated for Japan, New Modes Revealed