Now that Phantasy Star Online 2 is live in Japan, Sega has decided it's time to talk about a Western release. The publisher revealed that PSO2 will be available in North America and Europe in early 2013.

PSO2 is an sci-fi MMO with real-time combat. Players create a custom character from three races (Humans, Newmen, CAST) and arm themselves with a variety of melee, ranged, and magic armaments. They then set out to explore dungeons with randomized maps and dynamic encounters.

"The number one thing we want to provide players in Phantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every time they log in," said producer Satoshi Sakai. "Just as great table-top RPG experiences revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore dungeons and undertake quests."

As is the trend for new MMOs, PSO2 is free to download and play. The game will be supported by microtransactions. Players will be able to spend real-world money on Arcs Cash, which in turn can be used for in-game purchases. Players will be able to buy additional storage space, room upgrades, and other features apparently unrelated to actual gameplay.

PSO2's PC version launched in Japan on July 4th. iOS and Android editions are slated to go live later this year. The Vita edition will be available sometime next year.


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