Phantasy Star Online 2
From Sega Retro
Phantasy Star Online 2 is a work in progress PC MMORPG currently developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega set for a Japanese release for early 2012 with the developers interested in a global release at a later date. A PlayStation Vita port with a expected release date of 2013 was announced in early 2012.
The game is a true sequel to the original Phantasy Star Online (unlike Phantasy Star Universe) however it takes features from all of the series, including Phantasy Star Portable 2. It features a brand new combat system similar to hack and slash games such as Devil May Cry and Bayonetta with the ability to run and climb on enemies ncludes a revamp of the Ranger combat playing more like third person shooters such as Lost Planet and the return of MAGs.
Multiple party quests are also a new addition to the game, with multiple parties grouping together to succeed in difficult challenges (like raids in MMORPGs)
On Febuary 5th at the "Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Nationwide Fan Thanks Festival 2011" Sega announced that the Alpha test would be available in Summer 2011 and purchasing a copy of PSP2 Infinity would give players a lottery code with the chance to gain access to the Alpha. Two days later Sega announced that having an active Premium Japanese Phantasy Star Universe account on certain dates would also allow users to also get a lottery code.
The alpha dates with 3 tests were as follows:
Second Alpha Test
Back in late November 2011, SEGA opened up Registrations for the second Alpha Test which closed entries on the 17th January 2012. Afterwards SEGA announced a week later (on the 24th) which players were picked for the Alpha 2 through waves. The NDA was lifted for this alpha. Many new features and changes had been introduced: player shops, massive changes to the mission types and enemy spawn system and rooms were introduced to the alpha along with a brand new interface far more similar to Phantasy Star Portable 2. The amount of people who got in was far larger than the original. (23k players online consecutively at one point)
The test dates for Alpha 2 were as follows:
PlayStation Vita Version