Phantasy Star Online 2 Vita Version Cross-Play And Other Features Detailed

By Ishaan . September 24, 2012 . 9:05am

The Phantasy Star Online 2 development team held a Q&A panel at the Tokyo Game Show last week, where they answered questions about the upcoming PlayStation Vita version of the game, slated for release in Spring 2013. The Phantasy Star Fan Blog has translated some of these details that were collected at and 4Gamer.


PC/Vita cross-play:

While PC players and PlayStation Vita players will be able to play together, only certain blocks on a server (called “ships”) will be designated for cross-play. As illustrated in the image above, green blocks are PC + Vita, while everything else is PC-only. However, team chat will be viewable regardless of which block you’re in.


Free-to-play and online-only:

Just like the PC version of the game, the PlayStation Vita version will be completely free to download and play, and will be an online-only game. You will be able to download the game from the PlayStation Store when it releases.


One account per memory card:

Since PlayStation Network accounts are tied to Vita memory cards, you will only be able to have a single account per memory card. If you want to create multiple characters under the same account, you can pay Arks Cash to avail this service.


A beta is in consideration for the PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2, but a timeframe for the same has not been announced yet.

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  • drproton

    “only certain blocks on a ship will be designated for cross-play”

    Can someone more familiar with the series explain what this means?

    • Ships are the official servers. For example, I believe most of the English speaking community gathers on Ship 2 (ie; server 2).

      •  I think there are also some on Ship 4. Those are some people on 4Chan, so yeah.. Better stick around with 2.

        • Luna Kazemaru

           Uhh no 4chan is on ship 2 just like reddit and a large amount of English players. You are better off going to 10 and 6 ship 2 players where the reason for the ToS change.

          • This is so funny. It reminds me of high school, where the different sections would have rivalries, and each one had its own personality/was notorious for something or the other. 

            “Man, those assholes from 12-B got themselves caught using the computer lab to play Unreal again. Why do they have to ruin it for everyone?!”

          • Luna Kazemaru

             I know right :D lol but in all honestly sega did confirm issues was because of ship 2 but I i’m kinda mean for pegging everyone.

          • Actually, no, the majority of 4chan players are on Ship 4 as I’ve been apart of the team since closed beta. Ship 2 please stay on ship 2 and do not bring your cancerous tactics over here.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             I’m on ship 10

      • the english commu is in these following ships and blocks
        Ship 2 – Block 20/21/22/30
        Ship 10 – Block 20/30
        Ship 6 – Block 20/30

    • Every server has X blocks like in the old days, it´s kinda like a subdivision of the servers. Let´s say you enter block one of X server and it´s kinda overcrowded, you just move to another block of that server :) .

    • Luna Kazemaru

       ships are the servers there are 10 ships so 10 servers for the game. Blocks are just lobbies for each ship they have about 40 or so blocks not counting premium blocks.

  • XypherCode

    Good thing it’s a free download. :)

  • Luna Kazemaru

    I plan on sticking with the PC version but this is something cool for on the go. Thing is if the vita version comes to the west how well will it work.

  • konsama

    I don’t get this “free” thing, is it totally free to play or is one of those “free for X time” game? Not being sarcastic or smarta$$, just really wanna know.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       The game is free to play no time fees but you can go premium for access to somethings.

      • konsama

        Alright, thanks for clearing that up, and that sounds indeed interesting, if ever i might pick the PSV one since i lack a good gaming PC.

  • Is Ark Cash the one that requires real money?

    Never played a Phantasy Star series or MMO before but this would help kill two birds with one stone. Hopefully they’ll look to localizing the Vita version in the west. 

    • Luna Kazemaru

       yep AC is real cash.

    •  yes AC requires you to pay real money, but we can’t charge AC atm because they blocked out foreign cards, thankfully you don’t need AC to play the hwole game

      • @ValkyriaXEdge:disqus Thanks, both of you. Glad to hear that the whole is playable regardless. Some F2P models of late haven’t been so good.

        • np, and yeah agreed, and TOR’s f2p model looks like the worst out of all f2p mmos i’ve seen =/

          • I haven’t looked at any other MMO’s F2P models, I was talking about things in general mainly iOS. Some of the worst things… Ever.

  • That is cool, but I do wonder if there is going to be a retailer version along with the free one…

  • I’m sure there will be a stateside release. This falls into the free-to-play plan for some games that Sony has been getting behind as a new strategy. They are advertising dust 514 on the new PS3 models (in the US at least) as a selling point. I could easily see PSO2 bundles for the Vita becoming a thing, packaged with a memory card.

  • Has it been any official news regarding this game being localized to the west? Or for the moment it’s a Japan only game?

    Best regards,

    •  No official announcement for Vita in the west. It is official for PC release in the west though.

    • ZEROthefirst

      This game was announced for the release in the U.S. and Europe a while back. If you’re meaning the Vita version then there’s been no news on that version being localized yet.

      • Then it will come to all platforms. Mobile, Vita, Pc…thank you for the info

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Awesome it looks great on the vita

  • Soooooo I can’t use my PC ver account on the Vita ver? if not, this is definitely something that will keep me from playing it

    • PoweredByHentai

      Your PC account is your PC account.  If you have multiple PC accounts, it shouldn’t matter which PC account you log into on your Vita.

      The Vita’s memory card, however, is tied to one PSN account.  So if you want to play on the Japanese PSO2, you will want to use your Japanese PSN account.  Likewise, if you want to play on the North American PSO2, you will want to use your North American PSN account.

    •  That is a good question. I would like to see some official confirmation on that… it would seem likely that you should be able to use the same character on both platforms but… now you have me worried lol. I mean with FFXI you can use the same characters on all versions, PS2, PC and even 360, using all of the same severs but that is not a F2P game.

  • eilegz

    waiting for western release this its going to be awesome….

    crossplay its such an amazing feature. Imagine how awesome borderlands 2 could be if they could feature xbox360, ps3 and pc crossplay…. sure its a utopia maybe it will never happen but some company that can pull this on such a big cooperative game count me in…

  • Testsubject909

    Look, just get in my Vita already and let’s do this!

  • Aisioux

    I don’t know if this will ever see an western release so my only thought is: “Should I fly down to Japan, or make sweet love to Play-Asia!” Decisions decisions lmao. I’m  100% Sony Fan. 

  • Josh Strange

    Persona 4 The Golden
    PSO2Life is complete

  • Jake Deerberg

    Online Only? Man I need to figure out how to set my phone up as a wifi hotspot… Or just only play it at home… Still gonna get it if it comes to the US

    • psycho_bandaid

      if you use android download a program called FoxFi.

  • Getting stoked about this game, I’m looking forward to getting it when it comes out.

  • psycho_bandaid

    Hopefully my phone internet can support this otherwise playing on the go iqs kinda moot. Maybe they will make a new phantasy star portable using this engine down the line.

  • Aww… online only? And here I was hoping there will be offline mode since I’m not always be on a place with wifi…

  • Crevox

    I’m a rappy and I approve of this game

  • Hinataharem

    Free to play?

    Shut up and take my….wait…nevermind

  • oof, what’s with the online-only take?

    kinda puts a damper on replaying this game when the servers die o 3o

    • Lester Paredes

      but it’s free to play. the only thing lost will be your happiness when the servers go down. provided you didn’t spend any money on it. and if you did, provided you got your money’s worth. I think i could get into this.

  • Lester Paredes

    Hmm… online only… i’m worried about the lag… and the jerks that i tend to find online. Seriously. I only find jerks. I play little Big Planet online for the first time 2 days ago and the first person who plays with me pops out a picture of him flipping me the bird. 

  • How is the chat going to work on the vita if there is any?

  • ProfessorGerbik

    Well the character thing kinda of sucks. I don’t like being stuck on one character. I also really question why this is only downloadable?

    The only people who will be able to have enough space for this game and it’s updates are people with 32gb cards. Seriously just the updates alone for this game run around 4gb’s.

    So how is that supposed to work well when people already have games on their memory cards..

    Plus there is no way in hell you will be playing this on a crappy 3G connection away from WiFi, you would have to be tethering from a phone. Lovely.

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