Phantasy Star Online 2 Will be Free-to-Play and Supported by Microtransactions

on March 26, 2012 6:02 PM

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.


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Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.