In what appears to be an annual tradition, SEGA is once again celebrating Sonic’s birthday in its massive online RPG, Phantasy Star Online 2. Starting today, players can log in to find the ‘Sonic Lobby’, which will greet you with an adoring monument of the blue blur and offer special Sonic-themed items for a limited time. Continue reading Sonic Birthday Lobby Returns to Phantasy Star Online 2; Beat Up Sonic Enemies For Rare Loot
SEGA Japan is moving hard into competitive sports, using its popular puzzle franchise Puyo Puyo as a means to tap into the market. And as a little treat to hook in Sonic fans, the company has announced that the blue blur and his pals will feature in the newly-released Puyo Puyo eSports. Continue reading Sonic-Themed Puyo Revealed for Puyo Puyo eSports
Oh no! Remember when we reported on Sonic Team developing a new episode in the Phantasy Star Online series? The studio had a display for this ‘PSO Card Battle’ game, with some model figurines on show. Those prototype models have been stolen! Continue reading Sonic Team Has PSO E3 Models Stolen
Surprise! If an upgraded version of Phantasy Star Online on Gamecube isn’t enough to satisfy your Sonic Team RPG appetite, Nintendo has decided to let everyone know that a brand new entry in the series is in development. This one, though, involves playing cards! Continue reading New Phantasy Star Online Card Game Announced By… Nintendo?
Missing Sonic Team’s Saturn classic, NiGHTS into Dreams? Yeah, we are too. Puyo Puyo too. Well, if you’re planning to pick up the Gamecube version of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, you will be able to play micro-sized versions of both games on your Game Boy Advance!
Continue reading NiGHTS and Puyo Puyo Minigames Unlockable on PSO Gamecube
Looks like Xbox-owning Phantasy Star Online players will get something a little extra when the online RPG releases later this year. According to a report from TSSZ, Episode I & II will support Xbox Live’s voice chat system in addition to the usual text communications available on the Gamecube version.
Continue reading Report: PSO Episode I & II Will Support Voice Chat on Xbox
Some disappointing news in the Phantasy Star Online universe, depending on how you were hoping to play and whether you have deep pockets. SEGA has confirmed that the upcoming Episode I & II game on Gamecube and Xbox will require subscription payments – and no, you won’t be able to play between the different consoles either. Continue reading PSO Episode I & II Will Require a Subscription, Cross-Platform Play Killed
If you’re an avid Phantasy Star Online player, you should be aware that on one particular day this month you may not be able to access the online RPG at all. It’s all in preparation for something greater, trust us… Continue reading PSO Servers to Undergo Maintenance in May to Prep for Gamecube Version
SEGA has unveiled its E3 2002 showcase lineup, and it looks like Phantasy Star Online will get a fair bit of attention on the Sonic Team side of things. But, unless there’s a sneak announcement happening during the show, it appears that Sonic himself won’t be showing up in any form.
Continue reading PSO Features in SEGA’s E3 2002 Lineup – But No Sonic
In news that might surprise no-one, Sonic Team has reportedly announced that the release date of Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II on Gamecube has been delayed. Continue reading PSO for Gamecube Postponed?
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
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
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
A collection of retro Phantasy Star RPGs will be released on Game Boy Advance next year as part of a new wave of SEGA title hitting Nintendo’s handheld. Continue reading Phantasy Star Collection Among New List of SEGA Titles Heading to Game Boy Advance
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
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
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 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
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
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.
In a keynote address at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, newly-third-partied SEGA unveiled its new global strategy that it says will make the company the #1 independent game publisher in the world. And if its slides are anything to go by, Sonic Team classic NiGHTS into Dreams could be a part of that strategy. Continue reading NiGHTS Gamecube Teased as SEGA Announces New Global Content Strategy
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.
American third-party publisher THQ has announced a partnership with SEGA that will see it co-publish six SEGA-developed and ten co-developed Game Boy Advance games throughout 2001, 2002 and 2003, including Sonic Advance. Continue reading THQ to Co-Publish Six SEGA GBA Games in the West
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hold on to your RPG hats, because SEGA is preparing three new quests for Phantasy Star Online players on July 19th; all of which pay homage to other Sonic Team franchises. Continue reading PSO Getting Three New ‘Sonic Team’ Quests This Week
Finally! SEGA has announced a new release date for Phantasy Star Online Version 2 in the US. It will hit stores there on September 11th. The game will also charge an online fee of $15 for three months of unlimited play, in addition to its $39.99 price tag.
It’s great that we’re seeing a new Puyo Puyo game appear on the Game Boy Advance. Sonic Team seems to think so too, as it has launched the official website for the upcoming game – and we’ve plucked a bunch of artwork from the site to share with you here. Continue reading New Artwork Revealed for Puyo Puyo Advance
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.
Sonic Team’s puzzle game series, Puyo Puyo (released on Mega Drive in the West as Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine) is getting a portable version for Game Boy Advance! The blob-busting strategy game will be released in Japan on October 18th for 4,800 Yen. Continue reading Puyo Puyo Advance Announced, Launching October
Samba loves to party, so why not party with him? These official 10″ plush toys have just been released, and you can buy a set that includes Samba, Linda, Rio and Bingo at the online store NCS for $9 each. Get orderin’! See below for images of each plush toy on sale. Continue reading Merch Alert: Samba de Amigo Plush Toys Hit Stores