Phantasy Star Nova Announced by Sega During SCEJA Press Conference

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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SCEJA Press Conference 2013: Logo

Earlier this morning, at around 2 AM EDT, Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference took place. SCEJA chose to stream the conference in both Japanese and English, meaning that some of these announcements could indeed be relevant to Western audiences. We’ll be covering the key titles announced during this press conference as we brush the sleep from our eyes, but I’ll get one out of the way right now.

Phantasy Star Nova - Logo

SEGA has announced Phantasy Star Nova for the PlayStation Vita, a new game set in the same universe as Phantasy Star Online 2. Phantasy Star Nova can be played offline, and it will be sold in stores, unlike PSO2. Players can enjoy the game’s offline mode or jump online for four-player co-op via ad-hoc play.

tri-Ace will be developing Phantasy Star Nova. For those unfamiliar, this is the development team behind games like Star Ocean (and its many sequels), Valkyrie Profile, and Radiata Stories. This is all we know so far beyond the small bits of footage shown during the press conference.

So…will this be released in the West? If there’s one thing fans in North America and Europe are painfully aware of, it’s that news of Phantasy Star Online 2’s Western release has been…sparse, to say the least, since it was announced for localization last year. Methinks we’ll have to get one before we get the other, but…I’ve certainly been wrong before.

…At least the Vita is region-free! The game is set to release in Japan sometime in 2014.

SCEJA Press Conference Stream

  • Roberto Ruiz Contreras

    Just release Phantasy Star Online 2 in the West already… and for Vita.
    Think about it, it could become the Vita’s killer App.

    • RagunaXL

      agreed! if diablo III is killing it on ps3 and xbox 360. and it’s totally awesome, then vita would go tiger blood with pso2.

    • the_sidewinder

      Think about it, it could become the Vita’s killer App.

  • Had me until story based. I fucking love the PSP/2 and PSU world, but the story is the last reason I play it. No online no buy.

  • An Tran

    So…looks like Sega doesn’t think Nintendo consoles would be a good home for Phantasy Star anymore. Does Sega think that only Sonic games would sell on Ninty’s consoles?

    • RagunaXL

      agreed. own a 3ds and wii. when this game comes out I gotta buy it and sit on it. maybe get a busted vita 10 years down the road at a garage sale, by then nova might be gone. in fairness, there’s been a phantasy star offering on the last two Nintendo handhelds. something else could surely follow.

  • RockMan.EXE

    What the..? Tge Vita already has a PS game. Where is a new PS game on the 3DS? Meh..

  • Pedro Rosas

    I would have preffered a PSO for Wii U

  • RagunaXL

    BIG UPS! all I should say is BIG UPS! I can go on and on and on, about phantasy star returning to a story driven game. my hopes for this being ‘phantasy star v.’ tri-ace and my love for star ocean. if this is the ONE game we do get in the west I will be happy. recently affected by the ps02 bug, working to get back on that *cough cough* wait, what vita is region free? I could be mistaken but I heard this is only coming out to ps network. psn. phantasy star nova.