Phantasy Star Online 2

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Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2 logo.png
Developer(s) Sega, Phantasy Star Crew
Director(s) Yu Suganuma
Producer(s) Satoshi Sakai
Artist(s) Akikazu Mizuno
Composer(s) Hideaki Kobayashi
Kenichi Tokoi
Tadashi Kinukawa
Series Phantasy Star Online
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android
Release date(s) Microsoft Windows PlayStation Vita
  • JP February 28, 2013[2]
Android (Phantasy Star Online 2es)
  • JP April 7, 2014
iOS (Phantasy Star Online 2es)
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Multiplayer online RPG Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Multiplayer Single player
Distribution Micro SD Card, Downloadable content , DVD, PlayStation Vita Game Card. Digital Distribution, Flash Memory, Hard Disk Drive

Phantasy Star Online 2 (ファンタシースターオンライン2 Fantashī Sutā Onrain Tsū?) is a video game in the Phantasy Star series published by Sega. It was released for Microsoft Windows on July 4, 2012,[4][5] and for PlayStation Vita on February 28, 2013. A spin-off game, Phantasy Star Online 2es, was released for Android on April 7, 2014 and for iOS on May 14, 2014.[6][7] The game is currently only available commercially in Japan and the Pacific Southwest, but an English-language patch was released and "Ship-02"(server) is where a lot of the English-speaking players are.[8]


Upon starting the game, the player can select one of several servers, known as "ships," to play. Players create and customize their characters to be used in the game. The name, gender, race, character class, body and facial features are available for customization during the character creation process, and later, the player can acquire a number of accessories and aesthetic goods to further customize their characters. There are various races available to the players in the game, which include Human, Newman (bio-engineered humanoid elves), CAST (manmade androids), and Dewman (species that contains recessive Darker genes in them). Players also pick a starting class: in addition to the core classes Hunter, Ranger, and Force, the hybrid classes Braver and Bouncer, introduced in Episode 2 and 3 respectively, are also available. Furthermore, as of Episode 3, the advanced classes Fighter, Gunner and Techer are also playable immediately.[9][10] Classes in Phantasy Star Online 2 are interchangeable; every character has access to all classes, although they all level individually, and can switch between them freely at any time from the lobby. When players are finished creating their avatar, they begin playing in the tutorial and the story's prologue stage.

PC Battle Interface of Phantasy Star Online 2. In the Ruins stage, the player battles Dark Falz Hunar, one of the main antagonists of the series.


The user interface and controls are similar between the PC and the PS Vita. By default, players can play the PC version using a mouse and a keyboard, but may also play the game using an Xbox 360 Controller, which the game supports natively. The player's Character ID, Health (HP) and Photon Points (PP) are displayed at the bottom left corner of the screen. At the bottom of the screen, the sub-palette may contain consumable items, class active skills, Technics and Photon Blast skills. The mini-map is located at the top-right corner of the screen. When a target is acquired, the top-left corner of the screen displays the information and status of the target.

The chat log displays messages left by players and NPCs, as well as system messages. Chat commands can customize text in many ways, such as changing the colors of the text or using special speech bubbles and animations. The player can also create and display Symbol Arts, images made within the game out of various symbolic objects. Autowords can also be created for a character to react to certain events in battle automatically, such as dying or successfully completing a mission.


Gameplay in Phantasy Star Online 2 is action-oriented, and features a diverse selection of weapon types and playstyles for the player to choose from.

A form of energy known in the game as Photons plays an important role in the game's battle system. During battle, the player can combine his normal attacks with Photon Arts (PA), special attacks using photon converted into energy, to perform a variety of attack combos. Additionally, the Force, Techer and Bouncer classes can use Techniques, photon converted into magic-like spells in both offensive and support forms. Players can guard with certain weapon types to reduce damage taken at the cost of some PP, or "Just Guard" with accurate timing to perform a counterattack at no cost.

In some areas of the game, Photons can be generated by defeating enemies to fill up the Photon level in the environment. In return, Photon-sensitive effects (PSE) can provide bonuses to the players in that area. When one of these effects reaches the maximum level of 8, an event known as PSE Burst can occur where many enemies will rapidly spawn for a limited time. This can be further extended by causing a different PSE Burst to form a Cross Burst.

Upon reaching a certain level, each player will be granted a Mag, a small droid that hovers around the owner. Mags can be fed a variety of items in order to strengthen and eventually evolve them. In addition to enhancing the player's stats, a mag will support the player with abilities such as healing or buffing under certain circumstances. Mags also enable the Photon Blast ability, in which the player and mag summon a Photon-based avatar for a brief time to attack enemies or support party members, depending on the type of mag. Photon Blasts can only be used after defeating a certain amount of enemies and generating enough Photon energy to fill up its gauge.


Zeno (ゼノ Zeno?)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura
Echo (エコー Ekō?)
Voiced by: Youko Hikasa
Afin (アフィン Afin?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
Matoi (マトイ Matoi?)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō
Shion (シオン Shion?)
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata
Quna (クーナ Kūna?)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura


On February 5, 2011, at the Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Nationwide Fan Thanks Festival 2011 in Japan, Sega announced that the alpha test for Phantasy Star Online 2 would begin in the summer. They stated, "Entry into the test will not be open; instead, all participants will be selected by lottery. And your first chance at putting your name into the drawing will be by purchasing Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity."[11] On February 7, Sega listed on the PSO2 website alternate ways for users to enter into the lottery.[12] On March 9, 2012, Sony announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 would also be released on the PS Vita. Later that month on March 26, it was announced that the game would also appear on iOS and Android.[13]

Open beta began on June 21, 2012 as free-to-play. Open beta ended on July 2, 2012, in preparation for release on July 4, 2012. Characters created by players during open beta were carried over to the live servers.

Episode 2 of Phantasy Star Online 2 launched on July 21, 2013, which introduced the new Duman race and the Braver class.[14] Episode 3 launched on August 27, 2014, which introduced the new Bouncer class and Casino, new skills for every class, new items, a new planet, and new quests.[15][16][17]


Promotion at TGS 2012

The game was launched in Japan on July 3, 2012. The game was free to download and free-to-play, with an optional real money to in-game currency feature known as the "Arks Cash" system. Sega also has released a retail version of the game on September 13, 2012 along with an installation disc that includes bonus features.

Southeast Asia release[edit]

It has been reported that Asiasoft, an MMORPG publisher, will be releasing Phantasy Star Online 2 in Southeast Asia. The closed beta for the English Asian server began on April 10, 2014.[18]

Early access began on May 27, 2014, and official launch of the Southeast Asia was released on May 29, 2014.[19]

On February 24, 2015, Asiasoft announced Episode 2, which was be released on March 5 this year.


Registered users for the game exceeded 2.5 million in March 2013.[20] The game won the Rookie of the Year 2012 WebMoney Award.WebMoney. "WebMoney Award 2012".  Famitsu gave the game a score of 33 points out of 40 points possible.


Sega will be releasing Phantasy Star Nova in 2014. The game share similar elements to Phantasy Star Online 2 and is also part of the Online series. However, unlike Phantasy Star Online 2, Photon is not present in the game.[21]

Phantasy Star Online 2 Side Story will begin novelization on June 15, 2014.[22] It will focus on the NPCs of PSO2.


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