Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 won't cost you a dollar -- unless you'd like an item or two. Sega has announced that the upcoming sequel to the everyone's favorite "light" MMO, Phantasy Star Online, will roll with the standard MMO free-to-play model, and charge users for select item transactions from its in-game store. Also, an iOS and Android version has been confirmed. Both are slated to hit at some point in "winter 2012," according to Andriasang.
Keep your expectations in check, though: Sega has said that the phone versions of the game are simpler and will feature "social game elements," on top of a basic character creation mechanism, and controls. These versions will be able to loosely communicate with the PC and Vita versions of the game, but the experiences won't had across these platforms won't be measuring up to each other.
The available intel on PSO2 still isn't fantastic, as it seems like Sega is keeping its marketing efforts for the game contained to other regions. However, we do know that PSO2 will continue to offer the franchises' specific blend of shooter-meets-brawler combat and offer instanced-based content. Oh, and Mags are totally coming back!
Footage of the Vita version.
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