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'Phantasy Star Online 2' for PS Vita is free-to-play, cross-platform with PC version

Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2
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Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to the PlayStation Vita next year — at least in Japan — and, like its PC counterpart, it will be free-to-play.

According to details from a Tokyo Game Show presentation translated by the Phantasy Star Fan Blog, the creators of PSO2 say the Vita version will be a free download from the PlayStation Store. The game will limit PlayStation Vita players to one account per memory card, but players can purchase additional character slots for their account.

The Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2 will be cross-platform compatible with the PC version, the game's creators said. Only certain "blocks" will allow for Vita/PC cross-platform play, with other blocks remaining PC-exclusive.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is slated for a 2013 release on the PlayStation Vita in Japan. A version of the game will be released for iOS and Android later this year in Japan. Sega has only confirmed that it will bring the PC version to North America and Europe.

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