Sony is diligently pushing the cross-platform capabilities of the PS Vita and PlayStation 3, and now Sega is giving us something to look forward to. Not only is Phantasy Star Online 2 being released for the PS Vita in 2013, but the same characters can be synced and used across both the PC and PS Vita versions.
The announcement came earlier today during the “Playstation Vita Game Heaven” event, a web broadcast produced by Sony which featured reveals from several developers, including Mega Man father Keiji Inafune.
Phantasy Star Online 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the beloved Dreamcast title, a game that broke new ground in the console space for its multiplayer-over-dialup capabilities. The lead platform for Sega’s followup is the PC, but when PSO2 lands on the Vita in 2013, players will be able to use their characters on both the PC and the Vita, with progression and experience intact. Sega stated they’ll be using the same servers for both versions.
We don’t know if PC players will receive any type of discount on the Vita release, or if there will be a monthly fee associated with the Vita version, but it’s nice to see more developers reaching for this kind of cross-platform compatibility.
Sadly, Sega has not yet announced a North American release for Phantasy Star Online 2. Phantasy Star Portable and its sequel, both for PSP, sold extremely well in Japan but suffered stateside.