Phantasy Star Online 2: Vita Cross-Play and More!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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Last week at the Tokyo Game Show the development team for Phantasy Star Online 2 answered some questions about the upcoming PS Vita version of the game (original Q&A in Japanese here).

Phantasy Star Online 2 has a number of Ships (servers) available to play on. These Ships are further divided into Blocks. In addition to the Blocks useable only by PC players, some Blocks will allow cross-play between PC and PS Vita players. “However, team chat will be viewable regardless of which block you’re in.” So don’t worry about missing out on what your Team is doing!

The PS Vita version of PSO 2 will be free to download from the PlayStation Store, free to play and all online like its PC counterpart. It is slated for release in Japan sometime in the Spring of 2013.

“Since PlayStation Network accounts are tied to Vita memory cards, you will only be able to have a single account per memory card.” This means if you want to have more than one character you’ll need to pay cash money (referred to as AC or “Arks Cash” in game) for the privilege. However, one character may be enough for most people. Once you’ve created your first character, you can change class in game. Your character levels up individually for all three classes, so  you’re basically getting three characters in one!

Another feature worth mentioning is the loot. Gotta love it. And the great thing is, you can pick up every item you see without upsetting anyone! That’s right, Phantasy Star Online 2 boasts individual loot. No one can see or pick up your drops. Everybody gets their own. No divvying up the Meseta, or arguing over who gets the rare that dropped.

 

 

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  • Cross-play is a really neat feature – love that more and more games are getting it.
    I must be the only one who’s upset about the loot thing though. I just love snatching up rare equipment before my mates get hold of them!

    •  It’s fun to do that when you’re with friends, but there’s a definite possibility for conflict when playing with people you don’t know. None of my friends play PSO2, so I always leave my group open for strangers to join, and for me I like keeping the peace in order to make new friends. The PSO2 loot system helps me do that! 😀