March 26, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
Sega doesn’t exactly have a lot of Android games lined out for the moment, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as their titles, limited in number, are very popular amongst mobile technology enthusiasts.
The Japanese company’s Android game portfolio will be enriched later this year with another exciting title that might bring up some memories for old-time gamers. Phantasy Star Online 2 is the name of the game which Sega plans to release this winter and some of us (the really old ones, including me) remember the original Phantasy Star Online, launched in 2000 for PC, as well as a bunch of other platforms available at that time.
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Phantasy Star Online was a pretty cool online multiplayer action RPG back in the day and pretty much influenced all the great RPGs of late, including Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy.
Phantasy Star Online 2 looks like it might have the potential of getting close to the original game’s popularity and will in fact have a very important ace up its sleeve. Unlike its predecessor, the latest Sega title will be made available for free on Android, iOS, and the PS Vita.
On the other hand, the PSO 2 for Android will not support cross-platform multiplayer, according to trusted sources, which means that we will only have basic data-sharing options available.
There aren’t many details known about the game for the time being, other than the fact that the mobile version will come with simplified controls and will insist on a more ‘’personal gaming experience’’, but that’s enough to make me put this game on my to-install list once released.
It’s also worth mentioning that, while the game per se will be a free-to-play title, certain in-game items and functions will be unlocked by paying ‘’symbolic’’ fees. Finally, you should know that up to 100,000 gaming enthusiasts will be allowed to participate in a Phantasy Star Online 2 24-hour closed beta, scheduled to take place towards the end of April. I don’t know about you, but I for one am counting the days before April, when I will most definitely be on the game’s testing list. What do you say, will you meet me there?