Phantasy Star Nova’s Planet Has No Photon, But Plenty Of Giant Monsters

By Sato . July 3, 2014 . 3:34am


In Phantasy Star Nova, you and your crew gets thrown into the planet Machia, where Photons don’t have any effect. To make matters worse, it looks like the place is also home to some giant monsters you’ll be fighting. Famitsu gives us a glimpse at what’s waiting.


Phantasy Star Nova protagonist belongs to a special planetary exploration group called Arcs, traveling on the Delta Variant warship. After it was attacked by an unknown enemy, they crash-landed on the planet Machia.



In Machia, photons have no effect, and this is a pretty big deal since it’s basically the energy that forms the foundation of science and technology in the universe of Phantasy Star. Without Photon, they can’t really do much, except rely on primitive countermeasures.


There are all kinds of violent enemies on Planet Machia, like the Gigantes, giant half-machine creatures. The one shown in the above image is known as the Garation, which is 40.77 meters (134 feet) long and 44.75 meters (147 feet) tall.


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In order to escape Machia, you’ll need all the help you can get from new friends such as Yuno and Raven shown above, as they’ll help find a way out and survive while you enjoy your stay on the brutal planet.



Since Photons don’t work, you’ll need to find another source of energy, and this is where the planet Machia’s Gran, an unknown energy that spouts from various areas comes into play. By using Gran to substitute Photon energy, you’ll still be able to put some technology to good use.



By using Gran, weapons, and a brand new character classes that will debut in Phantasy Star Nova, you just might have a decent chance at surviving the cruel planet. More details on the new classes and their characteristics will be revealed in the near future.


Phantasy Star Nova is slated for release sometime in 2014 in Japan for PlayStation Vita.

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  • tubers

    Hope it does well. Even if it may just be a Japan title only game.

    • refrain

      It will. Phantasy Star is really big in Japan. This could potentially be the best selling game on Vita

  • Armageddon

    if this isn’t gonna get localized I might quit playing games all together

    • Red Veron

      I think a big factor that went into making this game was because PSO2 might not make it outside of Japan/Asia. So the chance it might come to the west is good.

      • Armageddon

        I hope so :D

      • Ash_Riot

        What makes you say that?

        • Red Veron

          Because it came out of nowhere. PSO2 doesn’t have an offline mode and Nova was announced (sept 2013) a year after PSO2 was shown off at PAX2012 when Sega was unclear whether they would bring it to the west.

          It is pure conjecture though. I like to think it makes sense but I may be wrong. I just want it to be true since I want Nova so bad.

          • Ash_Riot

            So it’s all guesswork, then? SEGA ain’t releasing this into English, just like they haven’t for anything that isn’t Sonic or MIKU.

          • Red Veron


          • yes !!!!

    • Really now…

      The game isn’t out yet so no telling what Sega will do with the game, many games end up localized after they come out. Don’t care if it is “SEGA”, I treat this kind of pending announcement the same as every other company.

      That said, I hear Vita seems to have good software sales so Sega/Sony could consider it especially if Project Diva f 2nd sells fine.

      • Armageddon

        (Again) I hope so :D. It sucked that Phantasy Star Infinity(?) didn’t get localized aswell as valkyria chronicles 3 and some say Yakuza 5(?) that why im getting upset(might be) since its SEGA. Happy about project diva f though :D.

        • The PSP games is *sorta* not Sega’s fault because other major publishers also bailed the PSP around that time, Sega could have ported them for West otherwise. Blame it on Sony for not doing better on that handheld once Monster Hunter created a second wind in Japan.

          Yakuza 5 though is Sega’s fault. PS3 is still doing well and they really have to get in gear. I’m just saying Nova isn’t out yet so it is unknown compared to ones out.

          • Armageddon

            Heres hoping that it will.PS 1 and 2 were fun

  • Guest

    The game looks soooo pretty. Pleeeease get localized.

  • Go2hell66

    at this rate Sega will become the next capcom, letting all their awesome IP’s gather dust until they’ve lost all their money :/

    • Armageddon

      yeah they totally forgot dragon’s dogma.It was the reason i started playing open-world game. It was just deep man both gameplay and story

    • Not the same situation if Sega Japan uses said IPs…
      Sega West, yeah.

  • Look good but I would like to see this in the UK

  • Namuro

    Wow… Chainsaw wings…

    It’s beautiful… *sniff*

  • Brandonmkii

    Gonna get it. Much hype.

  • Ecchitori-san

    I’m enjoying every bit of my time spent in PSO2 so I hope we get this too in English. If it does, I’m going to find ways of getting myself a Vita..

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Interesting…I’m sure that this so-called energy, Gran, is going to be quite crucial.

    • Virevolte

      I wonder if it’s really gonna have an impact on the gameplay. I sure hope so.

  • carlospsp

    Phantasy Star hunter

  • Jeremy Noble

    Meanwhile in NA and EU….

    • Land of Green Pasture

      dude don’t worry we can still dream over it

  • MaidKillua

    A cool looking Japanese Vita game? Lets wait for a US announcement with the EU “being considered”. lol

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      It’s Sega, I don’t think it has good chances if VK3 and PSP2 Infinity are any indication of their last outings on Sony handhelds~.

      • Those were released when major companies were starting to bail on PSP in the West. Different situation than with Vita which is still in its major years.
        Not saying Sega couldn’t localize it, but even Sony was dodging the handheld.

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          I suppose there’s that, then again, it’s not like PSO2 came over. Though I suppose Project Diva F and F 2nd coming over should give me some hope~.

          • They keep insisting PSO2 will come over, no idea what problems they are facing. Sonic Team once said they wanted to go one region at a time but we are getting it really late.

    • chibidw

      Pfft, we(US -and- EU) were lucky to even get Project Diva out of Sega, and all that was translation-wise were song subtitles.

      • MaidKillua

        I had no idea Project Diva made it over here since I don’t really do the whole vocaloid thing. Really surprising that they would bring something like that though

  • Guest

    And no English release either.

    • darke

      It’s not a free-to-grind game like PSO2; so it has more of a chance to come over. Who knows when though.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I’m confident this will come stateside, tri-ace always delivers. I’m so stoked for this

    • chibidw

      man, y u do dis

    • Tri ace are so good

  • raeldor

    Hope you can move around one contiguous area in this game. The zoning in a lot of these hunter games drives me nuts.

  • eilegz

    hopefully more like phantasy star portable and less like monster hunter.

  • Guest

    Photon’s are such a huge foundation of their science and technology that their crashed spaceship somehow still has power when they have no photons :/

    • darke

      I imagine their “no photon effect” is actually “severely lacking in effect” or something, so while they can get basic stuff working; they can’t get the huge-ass engines on the ship, or their other fancy toys to work.

      Odds are there’s a reasonable explanation that they simply haven’t told us yet.

  • Digidyne017

    Still waiting for PSO2….

    • JCTXS

      PSO2 already celebrating their 2nd year anniversary, not sure what you’re waiting on.

      • leingod

        Western version I guess.

        • JCTXS

          Not sure why someone would wait on vaporware. It’d never compare to the version that exists right now. It’d be months if not years behind in updates and has no support against hacks and such.

          • leingod

            Probably because they can’t read japanese? I know there’s a hacked / translated PC version, but PC gaming is not everyone’s cup of tea.

  • Tri ace!!!!!!

    so can’t wait for this game

  • Callonia

    Ar no surge, fairy fencer f, trials in the sky second chapter, and so damn many more plus recent surprise announcement of planetarian coming back to usa for second time and right out of damn blue localization for grisaia no kajitsu then meanwhile Sega…. :D

  • shadowind

    Dear Sega
    I’d love to give you all my money for all these cool games you’re bringing out in Japan and have released over there, but seeing as you don’t want my money because you keep releasing crappy Sonic the Hedgehog games, then I guess my money will be going elsewhere!

    Hugs and kisses


    • Not releasing Sonic games doesn’t automatically give us Sega Japan games again…

  • The Watcher

    Does this game have a single player story or is it online only?

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