Phantasy Star Nova Borrows Elements From Phantasy Star Online

By Sato . June 3, 2014 . 11:45am


Since revealing Phantasy Star Nova, an upcoming PlayStation Vita game developed by Star Ocean makers tri-Ace, we haven’t heard too much about it—until now, that is. This week’s issue of Famitsu shares new details on the game. (Thanks, Zaregoto.)


Phantasy Star Nova takes place in the world of Phantasy Star Online 2, and it will have its own original story with the main characters of Lutina (voiced by Maaya Uchida,) Seil (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka,) Izuna (Ai Kayano,) Fordia (Miyuki Sawashiro,) and Magnus (Banjo Ginga).


The atmosphere of the game is said to be closer to that of the first Phantasy Star Online, where “survival” is one of the visual concepts behind the game, as there will be features such as costume destruction to add a touch of reality to it.


The character creation is also similar to that of Phantasy Star Online’s with more realistic textures. After meeting certain conditions, you’ll also get to change designs for the characters later on in the game. Since the world is based on Phantasy Star Online 2’s “Episode 1” version, the new races and classes that appear in Episode 2 have not been confirmed for Phantasy Star Nova.


As far as the battle system goes, the report indicates that it is completely different from that of Phantasy Star Online 2, so players that are new to the series can jump right in. Upon starting Phantasy Star Nova, players won’t have any facilities, but they’ll be unlocked over time, and the order of which ones get unlocked can be decided by the players.


There’s Ad-Hoc multiplayer, and no word for online infrastructure as of now. More details will be revealed during a Phantasy Star festival that takes place on June 15th.


Phantasy Star Nova will release sometime in 2014 for PlayStation Vita.

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  • a pizza.

    Is this being localized in NA?

    • Ferrick

      of course

    • Feenyx16

      If i remember right, the developers clearly stated nova was not coming to america… :(

      • The news was Sega West stated no, but the game was just announced for Japan (literally like, same week TGS) when it was still early.
        I’m hoping Project Diva sells well on Vita to get them to localize more Vita games for this audience.

        • Tatsuya1221

          There’s always atlus, don’t forget that sega did say that atlus may be able to use some of sega’s ip’s for localizing that they themselves said they wouldn’t bring over, this obviously does have some potential to be released if not by sega west, by atlus.

      • ZEROthefirst

        It has a good chance of getting localized since an extremely niche title in the West being Project Diva for the Vita was localized. I’d be more surprised than anything if Sega decided to skip over this when they localized Project Diva for it.

        • Ferrick

          it’s unlikely that they would localize it, since not even zero and online 2 was localized (do note that asiasoft’s localization should and will never count as localization), even after many people begged for it

          • ZEROthefirst

            Zero was localized though and in all honesty PSO2 probably wouldn’t work well in the West with how the game is set up and especially with how slowly content is added on through updates. The Japanese version honestly isn’t very far ahead from where it started, the balancing has become atrocious and from Sega NA’s history on the PSU series anyone playing PSO2 in the West would be waiting twice as long as anywhere else for updates or not get them in general.

            Not saying I don’t want it to get localized because I know plenty of people still want it to get localized, but again Sega NA’s history shows other-wise to an enjoyable experience with the game.

          • Ferrick

            woops meant to say infinity
            the JP version is far from where it’s started actually, with twice the amount of missions and a new huge boss called dark falz Luther (with olga flow theme :D). But yeah, i do agree that it wouldn’t work that well since for one, we don’t have the same holidays or events as Japan does (IE: White day), and considering the amount of content, it would take SEGANA years to get to where we currently are. and this is kinda apparent with SEA version but then again, asiasoft is just a piece of shit who takes a bigger crap on the series than Ethan Waber does

          • ZEROthefirst

            I’m pretty sure with Infinity not being localized was due to how horribly over pirated PSP2 was in the West. I don’t know where the list is for the data in the West, but it basically dwarfs how many times the game was pirated in Japan from when I saw it. Sega NA is more or less going to ignore a franchise if they aren’t making good money off of it… unless it’s Sonic, they’d probably make new games if only one person bought it lol. Also don’t make fun of the bad character Ethan Waber, and his extra terrible English voice acting, it’s not his fault Sega made him that way.


          • Ferrick

            yeah it’s possible that’s the reason on why it’s not localized. and i honestly think that beta version Ethan Waber is much better than PSU’s lol

    • SatsukiYumizuka

      At this time its japan only but since we got some of the psp games i think we have a shot of getting this but with recent sega idk

      • 하세요

        I think PSP2 was the last for us for now because we didn’t even get the Infinity upgrade, which was vastly better than PSP2.

        I’m more on the fence about this one, I might as well just keep playing PSO2 :<

        • Tonemanzero

          Infinity was a hard sell to bring over, after all it was the “expansion” to a game that really didn’t get relatively good recognition or sales. Nova compared to Infinity, should have a better chance.

        • ZEROthefirst

          We didn’t get Infinity due to how over pirated PSP2 was in the West. The amount of times the game was pirated more than tripled how many copies sold. Companies aren’t going to release more entries for a bad system when they’re going to lose a lot of money on it. BTW that list only shows how many times the game was pirated in Japan, I don’t know where the list is I found before for how much it was pirated in the West, but lets just say that number there is greatly dwarfed.

          • darke

            And yet somehow PC games keep making a profit despite the same piracy levels…

            Seriously, piracy is just an excuse for poor sales of bad games, or bad ports, or bad translations, or bad marketing, or just plain mis-reading the market and trying to sell something that people don’t want to buy.

          • ZEROthefirst

            Piracy for PC games is ranked behind PSP and DS games, and you’re an idiot if you actually believe that companies don’t care when they lose money on a game. When a game like PSP2 has the number of pirated copies well over tripling the amount of copies sold it’s not because of any of the lame excuses you gave for people to go ahead and pirate. The PSP basically gained its popularity due to how easily it could be hacked and anyone who had one could get any game they wanted for free. Piracy isn’t an excuse it’s something that very much affects the gaming industry in a big way, not so much anymore because of added security to games and online servers and such but it’s still bad.

          • Lastlight

            But….you cant pirate Vita games on the Vita……
            Think about it THIS IS THE TIME!!!
            The 4,665,510 people that illegally downloaded PSP2 are well fans. I bet my manhood at least…2,000,000 of those people may be a little less would buy Nova

          • ZEROthefirst

            2 million is possible number for worldwide sales if it makes it outside of Japan. I can’t see more than maybe 400k sold in Japan, especially since there’s only a little over 2 million Vitas sold in Japan.

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  • SatsukiYumizuka

    this info is a bit reassuring since i thought the game looked and played pretty bad when i saw it last year. Also like the fact that they’re channeling pso1 instead of pso2(which feels more like psu2).

  • Namuro

    Ooh, nice one!

    But I just want a PSO2 vita that’s compatible with the Asia version right now, though…

  • ZEROthefirst

    I like how this game is more inspired and feels like PSO than PSO2 actually does. Can’t blame it though since PSO2 wasn’t even supposed to be a PS game to begin with and gradually took PSU2 and then PSO2 for more attention. While I don’t hate PSO2, it’s definitely one of the most lack luster entries in the PS franchise and I slightly prefer playing the original PSU over it, bad English voice acting and all. I know people are going to whine when I say this but PSO2 for me in the PS franchise is at the very bottom just barely above PSIII.

    • Ferrick

      lol k

      • ZEROthefirst


    • Brandonmkii

      I can’t go back, combat in pso2 is so fun. Plus I finally got all my *11 weapons to +10!

      • Ferrick

        it’s much harder if you have a *12 at +40 lol

        • Brandonmkii

          I’d like to know which Item Lab you’re going to where you can grind past 10.

          • Ferrick

            by 40 i meant +10 with lvl 3 potential

          • Ferrick

            and by that, i meant this weapon (but old pic is old, that Arm I ability is now changed to power boost)

          • Brandonmkii

            Orichi agito, nice. I’m too lazy to more than power3 and a soul on most of my things. I don’t have the luck or the money grind constantly.

          • Ferrick

            me neither, i tried for a power IV or V, but that ended with my sockets going down >.>, so it’s not worth it unless if there is a 100% ability grind item

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          • Ferrick

            lol, don’t have the money to do that

  • konsama

    I can’t say im hyped for this and i played tons of PSO and PSPo2, especially after the GREAT idea of not localizing infinity and PSO2, maybe if it got a western release might keep an eye on it, but until then meh, especially there’s toukiden and soul sacrifice delta for months.

    • 60hz

      this guy speaks the truth SEGA YOU HEAR… everyone else is localizing their games!!!!

      • natchu96

        Even Sword Art Online got localized.


        And it’s not even an MMO dammit, it’s a Japanese light novel with an anime series . . .

    • Ace Trainer Chris

      Not localizing infinity made sense business-wise, mostly because PSPo2 sold poorly. It and Valkyria Chronicles 2 sold less copies than the amount pirated, sadly. This is all due to the fact that most people simply pirated PSP games than they did buying them.

      PSO2? No excuse, though. Especially in this day and age of everyone pushing free to play.

  • Valtiel Ikari

    sounds interesting… hope there is localization

  • GamerLegend

    Still waiting for PSO2 for the west.

    • JCTXS

      You’ll be waiting forever then.

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      If you want PSO2 in the west… I suggest you ask your biggest MMO Providers… not Sega… they may be the developers but they are not publishers for the west when it comes to MMOS

  • Takane Shijou

    It will also share the fact that it’ll never come to the West.

    • Ric Vazquez


  • E.T.993

    SEGA: Let’s localize…NOT!

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      FYI its localized in shitty english in Asiasoft… an English version is always available the only thing you need is for an MMO provider in the west

  • eilegz

    hopefully it comes to the west before Phantasy star online 2, im still waiting for Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity hopefully nova its more like was enjoyable and fun not like those MH clones which copy the worse aspects like bad mobility, lack of custom, dated gameplay.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    For me, I’m importing it either way.

    • DemonShadowX

      I will likely do the same unless they announce a localization of it.

      • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

        It may happen…only time will tell. I hope Sega does, I really do hope so.

  • -Misaki-

    Phantasy Star has big fanbase, Sony would be stupid not to help localize this.

  • DemonShadowX

    I really hope this gets localized but if not well then I guess I’ll just import it like I did PSP2 Infinity……

  • 60hz

    Sega import ouija board says… [fill in the blank]

  • MaximDualBlade

    Sony do your work and localize this. Tri Ace’s will is present here, I know it.

    Also a good online is a must have for these kind of games. The reason I favor Soul Sacrifice a lot in because the online is excellent. I have tried Ragnarok Odysseu and Toukiden’s online and they pale in comparison. That’s why I played the original since day one until Delta came last month.

    Of course this is assuming the game is some kind of hunting game, since they mention adhoc in this article.

    If the solo experience is amazing then consider my mouth shut

  • Slayven19

    I want it, but I don’t care for it, and you know why SEGA!

  • Brandonmkii

    No online multiplayer is pretty much the last nail in the coffin for a western localization.

  • Tenabrus

    So what do you think? another Phantasy Star game that we’ll never see in the West like PSO2?

  • 永次

    Come on SEGA, announce the release day, I will buy it the first day with all my love.

  • Jellyicecube

    Another game that won’t make it to the west just like PSO2.

    Screw you Sega. Screw you :|

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    awesome….*still playing Phantasy star portable 2*

  • Bob Slim

    Oh great another phantasy star game that will never come here how nice. Thank you sega for nothing

  • leingod

    Hope this one makes it to America. At least it doesn’t need dedicated servers, so I guess that ups its chances.

  • DanielGearSolid

    I hope Sony buys Sega at their E3 press conference

  • DriftSlave

    Will continue to not care about anything made by Sega unless it’s officially confirmed for Localization…

    • I still havn’t forgiven then for VC3 so I know how u feel..
      Scru them.

      Can’t even get the damn patch to work on my PSP either….

      Scru them even more :P

  • Kai2591

    Wait, “costume destruction”?
    I hope they don’t mean it like Senran Kagura’s lol.

  • Aristides

    There’s a Phantasy Star Festival?

  • Yan Zhao

    Made by Tri-Ace? NOW im interested.

  • Vash bane

    costume destruction …. I swear almost every game I take a interest has this some where lol also that is new to this series too isn’t it?

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