Microsoft has been front loading a lot of news into their E3 2019 press conference, now fans of a particular JRPG franchise that goes back decades have something to be excited about. That’s because the iconic Phantasy Star is getting a new game, well it’s actually a localization, but it’s still really cool.
During the E3 2019 presser, Microsoft revealed the upcoming English port of Phantasy Star Online 2. The popular MMORPG set to launch on Xbox One in spring 2020. The game has been out in Japan for a really long time. The game came out in 2012 in Japan. It was then ported to the PlayStation Vita in 2013, PlayStation 4 in 2016, and Nintendo Switch in 2018.
Sega originally announced a port of the game for Western audiences in 2012, but that never happened for a variety of reasons. Now we’re finally getting our hands on it.
Phantasy Star Online 2 players will become members of a “research expedition called ‘Arks,’ which belong to a fleet of interplanetary cruising ships, setting out to a research a variety of different planets,” according to a press release. “Visiting places for the mission (quest) always evolves into a fresh and surprising adventure, including auto-generated maps, sudden events, and a Multiplayer Party Area, where up to 12 players can play together simultaneously.”
I personally spent a lot of time playing the online portion of Phantasy Star Universe on the Xbox 360 back in the day. So I’m pretty intrigued but the prospect of getting to jump back into the franchise again.