Get a Slightly Bitter Taste of Phantasy Star Online 2 on PS4 with Free Theme

on December 23, 2016 4:52 PM

If you want to decorate your PS4 with some sleek illustrations from Phantasy Star Online 2, you have come to the right place.

Sega released a free PS4 theme on the Japanese PlayStation Store and you can grab it here. It’s static, and doesn’t have custom background music or sound effects, but the illustrations feeaturin Episode 4 and the Battleship Yamato battle are actually very nice.

As usual, you’ll need a Japanese PSN account to download it, and if you’re not equipped, you can find out how to create one in our super-detailed guide. If you want a preview, you can check out two screenshots at the bottom of the post.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is one of the weirdest cases of “missing in action” in the gaming industry. Back in 2012, Sega announced that it would come west. It’s been an eternity, so long that the writer that posted that news article hasn’t been working for us for years.

Yet, the game still has an active official site, or at least as active as one that had its latest update over four years ago. The release was never officially cancelled, and the publisher seems to have completely forgotten about it, stubbornly refusing to respond to any request for a clarification on the issue.

If I was a betting man, my money would be on the “it’s dead Jim” option, but I said the same of Blade & Soul. Coincidentally, that’s another game that went dark in 2012, only to suddenly pop back up, and get a surprising release last January.

Could Phantasy Star Online 2‘s western release be suddenly resurrected by Sega as well? I’m not gonna hold my breath on it, but never say never. In the meanwhile, at least you can grab the theme.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is currently available in Japan and Asia for PS4, PS Vita and PC, and will most probably come west when it starts snowing green and pigs sprout wings.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.