Phantasy Star Online 2 Trailer, Screenshots Unveiled

You may remember the big announced regarding PSO2 last year, right? Well, SEGA has finally released a new trailer and screenshots for the game. The trailer and it’s subsequent translation can be seen below. For screenshots, head over to the source, SEGAbits.

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The following translation was done by the website andriasang.

As reported at 4Gamer, the video Sega showed at the event had a bunch of phrases that may provide some hints about the game’s background.

First, what appears to be the overarching story:

The ship fleet Oracle (written in Japanese, “オラクル”) which travels the endless stars. A new adventure that awaits on the countless planets. Invasion of the malice that covers the universe. The name of the people who face off against them is Arcs (in Japanese, “アークス”). Will the universe be saved, or will it be swallowed up? It’s in the hands of the hero (you).

The above is just a super quick translation of 4Gamer’s summary. 4Gamer said that it might have made some errors in its transcript.

The video also mentioned a few key words and phrases:

Is there adventure in today’s RPGs?
Always, to a new field. Random field.
Original Combos
TPS style
Jump Action
Hybrid Custom Action
It gives you a foreboding feeling — seamless weather.
Something will happen every time!? Interrupt event
Aiming for “Endless Advneture.”
The adventure without end, once again.

Phantasy Star series producer Satoshi Sakai took the stage at the event and said that the staff is aiming to give players the feeling of adventure that has been lost in today’s RPGs. He described the game as “a brand new title” and said that he hopes the game will be enjoyed by series fans, online gamers and even players who have yet to get into online games.

Further details on the game will be released ahead of the alpha test, which kicks off this summer.

At the moment, this game is only confirmed as a PC release.

Steve Lycett De-confirms Hooked Gamer’s ASR Phantasy Star Online Track Revelation


UPDATE: Steve Lycett under his S0L tag over at the SSMB has de-confirmed the Phantasy Star Online track mentioned in Hooked Gamers preview with the following statement –

Errr de-confim

I’m not sure which track they’re talking about – but it’s not a PSO one. They’ve likely seen a Final Fortress stage


S0L

Look’s like Hooked Gamer got confused somewhere during their preview. UPDATE END
Original article below –

Gaming website Hooked Gamers(yeah we haven’t heard of them either) have recently had the chance to check out how Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing is coming along. In their preview they see the game has potential but they also think it might end up being simple and standard.

The most interesting part of the preview is the quote below revealing that the game has a Phantasy Star Online track, unfortunately there are no screenshots to give us a glance at track.

It’s great to see so much of the old classic Sega games return to the TV screen. In tune with these classics, the confirmed stages in this game vary from the bright, welcoming beachside of Seaside Hill from Sonic Heroes to a futuristic and whimsical Phantasy Star Online stage.

Check out the preview here.

We’ll keep an eye out for any more info, screenshots and video’s and keep you up to date.

Thanks to Blue Toad over at SEGA Forums ASR topic for the find

PSO: Blue Burst BETA Trial

Sonic Team are gearing up their Western release for the long-awaited PC version of Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II, including a new “Episode IV” mode and a limited free trial.

The new version, subtitled “Blue Burst”, will be available for free trial download from May 10 on the official PSO:BB websites for SEGA Europe and SEGA America. The trial will allow players to get a feel of the PC version of Ragol, while offering 30 days of free online play.

Interestingly, SEGA will provide special quests for BETA players, perhaps in a way to trial every aspect of the game experience before releasing the final version in stores.

Continue reading PSO: Blue Burst BETA Trial

Friday Loungin’

Don’t you just love Fridays? Beginning of the weekend (which is always dogged with work for me), all-round good feeling, spring in yer step. For us at TSS, it means we polish off another healthy update for you to get your teeth into.

First off, we have new entries for the TSS Mailbag’s April month. Have a general question, comment on something Sonic or even TSS itself? Or maybe you just wanna chat. Be sure to get in touch, and mark your email subject “Mailbag”. Today’s update discusses Death Eggs, online Sonics, Shadow (again) and a fan of the ol’ Illegitimacy section.

Continue reading Friday Loungin’

PSO: Blue Burst Mini US Site

Sega of America has opened their mini Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst official site a few days ago. The website features some information (shown below), PC requirements, screenshots, and a spring 2005 release date listed. Stay tuned to Sonic News for further information on its release.

New Quests!
Thirty three quests have been created from the offline portion of the PSO story. Visit the Governor-General and receive up to 15 quests, or get to the Laboratory to accept 18 quests that await you there.

Continue reading PSO: Blue Burst Mini US Site

You’re All Talk and No Meat ^_^

Hands up those who thought the old ZX Spectrum was dead? Oh, a lot of hands there. Well, I don’t blame you. But, thanks to some talented guys online, Sonic is set to hit the classic 1980’s UK micro computer! No lie. Of course, it’s not SEGA, but rather some groovy Spectrum enthusiasts giving a go of porting Sonic 1 (the 8-Bit Master System/Game Gear version) onto the Speccy. Click here to check out Sonic ZX, and thanks to Psychobob for finding this webpage. As well as looking to the future of console gaming, it seems Sonic is also speeding backwards through time too.

Aside from that surprising but cool news, this is a pretty boring period for us Sonic fans isn’t it? I mean, at least the Americans got Sonic Advance 3 a few weeks back. PSO III: CARD Revolution is out now in stores, but only in GAME stores (bunch of butchers… gimme a freckin’ job!), so until the 25th June (Sonic Advance 3’s UK release) we’re just sitting on our thumbs here for something Sonic-y. Continue reading You’re All Talk and No Meat ^_^

Downloadable Mini-Games in PSO

From an IGN News Story:

“A demo area set up in Nintendo’s booth to demonstrate the connectivity of the GameCube and GBA revealed that Sega has some great tricks up its sleeve regarding Phantasy Star Online on the Nintendo console. By connecting a GBA unit to the GameCube, players can actually download supplied GBA minigames from the Phantasy Star Online server.

This was demonstrated at Nintendo’s “Get Connected!” section of its booth, where gamers familiar with the Phantasy Star Online interface could head into the N-Port section and grab minigames for the Game Boy Advance, including Puyo Pop and Nights into Dreams: Score Attack. Since we’ve already played Puyo Pop, we went right for the goods and played around with Nights. The game is, essentially, a 2D conversion of the 3D game released on the Saturn system several years ago. The GBA version features scrolling bitmap backgrounds instead of a full polygonal world, but the flying action was pretty faithfully converted on the digital GBA pad.”

Exciting, huh? Click below to find screens and footage of NiGHTS in action.

Source: IGN “Article”

Rumour: PSO To Offer Xbox and Gamecube Cross-Play

Seems like the upcoming release of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II is going to be much more significant than we thought, if recent rumours are to be believed. Apparently, the game will allow for cross-play between Nintendo Gamecube and Microsoft Xbox players. Continue reading Rumour: PSO To Offer Xbox and Gamecube Cross-Play

PSO Episode I & II Will Update and Remix Original Dreamcast Content

New details on Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II – and by extension, the upcoming trial version of the game that’s coming next month – have been coming thick and fast. Some of the more interesting tidbits that have appeared relate to how content from the original Dreamcast game will be handled. Continue reading PSO Episode I & II Will Update and Remix Original Dreamcast Content

PSO Gamecube Trial Won’t Be Broadband Compatible

Sonic Team recently revealed that a trial version of Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II on Gamecube will hit Japanese store shelves in May, but if anyone was hoping for some broadband-speed Rappy-bashing next month they can forget it.
Continue reading PSO Gamecube Trial Won’t Be Broadband Compatible

Final Details for Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II on Gamecube Revealed

You might have read about the GameJam2 festival in Tokyo already, seeings as Sonic Team made a pretty big splash there. But some more details have come from the event, with Sonic Team head Yuji Naka revealing the final details for the Gamecube version of Phantasy Star Online. Continue reading Final Details for Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II on Gamecube Revealed

Phantasy Star Could Be Offline on Gamecube

Sonic Team seems to be doing its best to bring everything it has in its portfolio to Nintendo’s Gamecube, but if Yuji Naka’s words recently are any indication there could be trouble in paradise, with the developer saying that its upcoming port of Phantasy Star Online may not actually come with the… well, ‘Online’ part. Continue reading Phantasy Star Could Be Offline on Gamecube

Phantasy Star Online for Gamecube Could Include Brand New Stage

It’s been a while since we’ve reported on any new Phantasy Star Online info, right? Well, that might well change very soon as the rumour mill starts up on the upcoming Nintendo Gamecube release, which will apparently include a few more features over its Dreamcast counterpart. Including a new stage… Continue reading Phantasy Star Online for Gamecube Could Include Brand New Stage

Yuji Naka Plans to ‘Discuss’ NiGHTS, Burning Rangers Sequels Soon

Sonic Team has certainly been coy about the cult success of its non-Sonic IP, such as SEGA Saturn classics NiGHTS into Dreams and Burning Rangers. But if a new interview with Famitsu is anything to go by, it seems like studio head Yuji Naka is keen to explore the potential to create some sequels. Continue reading Yuji Naka Plans to ‘Discuss’ NiGHTS, Burning Rangers Sequels Soon

Christmas Comes Early for Japan as Three Sonic Team Games Release

Christmas has come, in more ways than one! Not only is it literally Christmas in a couple days time, but Sonic Team has also figuratively brought the festivities to Japanese fans by releasing not one, not two, but three games this past week! Continue reading Christmas Comes Early for Japan as Three Sonic Team Games Release

Phantasy Star Online Earns Accolade from BAFTA

And the awards just keep on coming for Phantasy Star Online. Sonic Team’s innovative console RPG has been honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in this year’s Interactive Entertainment awards. This is a big deal, as BAFTA is the leading arts group in the UK. Continue reading Phantasy Star Online Earns Accolade from BAFTA

PSO Getting ASCII Controller, Xbox Broadband Support

Sonic Team head Yuji Naka revealed at SEGA’s Consumer Conference that the Gamecube release of Phantasy Star Online will be accompanied by a third-party controller by ASCII that features a small keyboard. On the Xbox, PSO will be unique in that it will support the broadband features of Microsoft’s console, as opposed to Dreamcast and Gamecube’s modem connectivity.

Read more on these, as well as the news coming from other SEGA developers and executives from the Consumer Conference, in Gamespot’s report.

Tokyo Game Show: PSO Version 2 Coming to Xbox

Good news for potential Xbox owners – Sonic Team has revealed at this year’s Tokyo Game Show that a version of Phantasy Star Online version 2 will be coming to Microsoft’s big black box. As Microsoft is intending to move into the online gaming space, it makes sense for SEGA to think about the Xbox as a viable platform for PSO. No more details were revealed, so we’ll have to wait and see what form it takes.

Phantasy Star Online Heading to PC

Hold on to your butts, PC owners – you’re finally going to get a taste of the online RPG goodness that is Phantasy Star Online. SEGA has confirmed that Sonic Team is working on a home computer version of the award-winning sci-fi adventure, and that graphically it will look about four times better than the Dreamcast original. Fancy that! Continue reading Phantasy Star Online Heading to PC

Yuji Naka: Nintendo’s Gamecube Will Revitalise Gaming Industry

At Space World, Sonic Team head Yuji Naka spoke about the state of the games industry today, and how Nintendo’s strategy with the Gamecube fits in with the current landscape. In particular, he explained why SEGA as a company has been such a key third party partner for the platform – and it’s because he feels that Nintendo has the ability to inspire players. Continue reading Yuji Naka: Nintendo’s Gamecube Will Revitalise Gaming Industry

PSO Gamecube to Release Next Year With Nintendo Network

Nintendo has revealed that it will be releasing modem adaptors and launching its online network for Gamecube early 2002 – and Phantasy Star Online will release on the purple box at the same time (March 2002) to take full advantage of it. No pricing plans have been revealed yet, but we’re bound to know more soon as Space World is just around the corner.

PSO Hackers to be Charged

Sonic Team will now attempt to press criminal charges against individuals hacking into Phantasy Star Online servers. Hacking into a server is illegal under the Japanese penal code. The ‘Team is working with the police to track hackers inside Japan and out, and in some cases, the International Interpol has been notified.

PSO Earns Another Award

According to Dengeki Online, Yuji Naka’s wonderful multiplayer RPG Phantasy Star Online has won yet another award. At the Sixth Annual Animation Kobe, Phantasy Star Online received the Best Network Media award, adding to it several awards received from various conventions including Tokyo Game Show and Game Developers Conference.

PSO Will Not Be A Launch Title for Gamecube

Don’t expect the Gamecube version of Phantasy Star Online to be released as a launch title for the console. Yuji Naka has explained that, even though the game is likely to be completed by the time the Gamecube launches, he is considering holding the game back until Nintendo reveals more details about its networking plans. It doesn’t seem like there will be online connectivity straight out of the box, which would make a game like PSO pretty useless.

PSO Version 2 Will Support Dreamcast Broadband Adaptor in US

Even though the Dreamcast is on its way out, there’s no need for you to worry about whether that Broadband Adaptor will continue to be supported. SEGA has confirmed that the US release of Phantasy Star Online Version 2 will indeed support the peripheral. The catch is that, for some reason, the game won’t support PPPoE connections. Still, you’ll be able to get some good broadband play in. The game arrives September 11.

Phantasy Star Online Version 2 is Definitely Coming to the West

You’d think with all the delays that Sega would just cancel developing Phantasy Star Online Version 2 for the West. But according to a story on Gamespot, the Dreamcast online RPG is still very much on track for an English language release. “Definitely coming to the US” was the official line, although the date, server fees and more details are said to be revealed soon. Let’s hope it’s very, very soon.

Yuji Naka Talks PSO Gamecube Four-Player Mode

Yuji Naka has talked some more about Phantasy Star Online for the Nintendo Gamecube. In particular, he’s revealed how the version’s four-player mode came about – and would you believe it, it’s all because the development team had single machines lined up next to each other. Continue reading Yuji Naka Talks PSO Gamecube Four-Player Mode

PSO Version 2 Delayed in the US

So many PSO Version 2 delays! This time it’s the US version of the game that’s being held back, originally due to release on July 10th but has recently changed to ‘TBD’ (To Be Determined) on SEGA’s official website. It’s likely that the game won’t see light of day in the West until August or September.

Sonic Appears on US/EU PSO Servers

Sonic, Tails and Knuckles have made their way onto the North American and European Phantasy Star Online servers! We weren’t sure if they were going to appear after we heard the news that they’d cameo on the Japanese version, but this is great news! Continue reading Sonic Appears on US/EU PSO Servers

Sonic to Make Appearances in PSO Throughout June

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

PSO on PS2: Sonic Team Gives Sony Some Love

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.

Via Reuters

Naka: PSO Gamecube Netcode Ready for Broadband Adaptor Launch

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