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Idola: Phantasy Star Saga coming to Android and iOS this year

A new entry in the Phantasy Star series, Idola: Phantasy Star Saga, is coming to mobile devices in Japan later this year, Sega announced today. It’s the first new title in the role-playing game franchise since 2014’s Phantasy Star Nova for PlayStation Vita.

Idola: Phantasy Star Saga looks more inline with the traditional Phantasy Star role-playing games than the more recent Phantasy Star Online titles. It uses a command-based, turn-based system, but Sega hasn’t revealed specific gameplay details yet. Idola also appears to use mobile gaming’s ubiquitous gacha-based system for unlocking and recruiting characters.

The main characters of Idola: Phantasy Star Saga are Stella, the leader of the Aries Knights, a battalion that fights the titular monsters known as Idola; and Yuri, an orphaned boy who joins the Aries Knights after a chance encounter with Stella. Protagonists Stella and Yuri will fight alongside other characters in battles against the Idola and the returning evil presence known as Dark Falz.

According to Sega’s official announcement, development staff behind the Valkyria Chronicles and Phantasy Star Online series, including Shuntaro Tanaka, Tomomasa Chin and Sho Mutsuura, are behind Idola: Phantasy Star Saga.

Screenshots of the game are in the gallery below.