There was a press conference in Japan yesterday (early this morning for us in the U.S.) held by Sega, which focused on Phantasy Star Online 2. Some details of the game’s upcoming beta were discussed, as well as the pricing structure of the game once it’s released.
It seems the beta itself will be open to about 100,000 participants and will begin near the end of April, and this will encompass both the PC and Vita versions of the game.
Additionally, the game will be supported by microtransactions and, for the most part, will be free to play on both platforms. This gives very wide viability to the game, especially in an era where many of the high-quality massively multiplayer games are using a pay-to-play structure (or, at least, starting off that way).
I’m still floored that the game is coming to the Vita, as well, as it looks like a similar structure and play experience across both platforms. Sega is aiming for a Summer 2012 release for the game on both platforms in Japan. Let’s cross our fingers that it makes its way West, as well.