Phantasy Star Nova Battle Demo Coming In August

By Spencer . July 9, 2014 . 11:56pm

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Sega is about to give Vita owners a chance to try tri-Ace’s next game, Phantasy Star Nova. A battle demo is scheduled to come out in August which will let players fight a Gigantes, one of the giant monsters in the game, and explore planet Machia.


Sega will also hold a Phantasy Star Online 2 celebration at the Sapporo Convention Center on July 26 and Port Messe in Nagoya on August 3 where the Phantasy Star Nova demo will be playable ahead of its digital delivery.


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

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  • biskmater

    And of course this has nothing to do with us western barbarians…

    • Crevox

      Really? The first comment? Can we actually have productive discussion about the game instead of whining about localization?

      • Namuro

        Eh, people just like to complain… Also, it’s the easiest way to gain likes.

      • Weeb

        Just let em be. Whining helps fill the void of no video games.

      • Shippoyasha

        It’s understandable when so many Sega games struggle to ever be considered for localization. Though I recommend imports with Sega titles these days, full stop.

    • Marik78

      Is Siliconera focalized on western news? Nope.
      I’ll be attending Nagoya’s Arks Festival so I’m quite happy about being able to play that demo.

      • biskmater

        You have seem to have reversed the meaning of my complaint, I couldn’t possibly care any less for western games, my complaint is on not getting these games. Also, lucky you, for being able to attend.

    • Wappuli

      Well creating a Japanese PSN-account isn’t hard at all.
      And I’m pretty sure that this game(or the demo atleast) will be easy enough to play without any Japanese knowledge.

      • Namuro

        I guess some people treat games like movies? As in, if they have to make an effort to go through it, like reading subtitles in foreign movies, then they would rather not see it at all.

        I do see a lot of people that are like that. It has to be in their language only, for them to be able to enjoy it.

      • MaidKillua

        But managing multiple PSN accounts on Vita is a fiddly and time consuming pain in the ass that involves innumerable system formats and is not worth the effort at all. So unless someone is willing to go through with all of that shit (I have tried in the past and it is not even remotely worth it) or ONLY use a Japanese PSN account (Which would require either only playing Japanese games or never being able to get DLC and go online in multiplayer titles), it makes sense that they wouldn’t care about a Japan only thing

        • Wappuli

          Now I know that Vita memory cards aren’t all that cheap, but wasn’t it enough to have different accounts on different cards and then just swap those instead of going through all that?

          But yes, I still understand if someone isn’t interested in this if it’s Japan only. But still, why make a comment like that? It’s not like Siliconera has been for western gaming news only, and the game is so new that it would be pretty unlikely to have an English demo at this point.

          • MaidKillua

            If you switch cards you still have to format the system itself, since the Vita itself is locked to one PSN account instead of it being one per memory card. So you have to take the card out and format it with no card in then put the card you want in and sign in again and it resets all of your system settings and it’s more just a cumulative annoyance than anything. If you just switch cards then it’ll format the card too. But yeah complaining about it being Japan only this early was kind of unnecessary I agree. Give it half a year or so after it actually comes out and then i’ll probably be complaining with them

          • Wappuli

            Oh, OK.
            From what I have read I always thought that just swapping the card would have been enough.

    • DS23

      Sega – makers of fine software and really bad business decisions!

  • Namuro

    I know that there are already big-sized bosses in Phantasy Star games, but this one seems to want to rival the feel of Shadow of the Colossus; and it’s looking good so far!

    I wonder if the gameplay will be similar to Ragnarok, in the sense that you can air-dash here and there, as the bosses are so big. Personally though, I wish that they would make the combat more realistic (well, as close to realism as you can get, anyway…), especially with the lack of Photon energy in this game. It would be nice to have traditional combat with a more primitive feel to them…

    …You know what? I’m just wishing for a Monster Hunter in space here…

    Just ignore me.

    • neocatzon

      Would be even better if we can hunt them in vacuum space. Kerbal Space Hunter or something.

      • Namuro

        Zero-G hunt!

        …Oh wait, that’ll just end up being underwater hunt all over again…

        • neocatzon

          Monster Hunter Zero-G! That one is free, Capcom.

          You know, with Gradius and Freespace the only logical thing that has to happen is Freespace style Gradius, with giant aliens and such. Maybe multiplayer.
          But, nil. Never seen one.

    • Ephidiel

      Battle system will pretty much be the same as pso2

      • Namuro

        Hmm… I sure hope they will try to make it “different”, and not just plaster the same combat system from PSO2 in there.

        I mean, there’s nothing wrong with it; it works quite well, and I have fun fighting in PSO2. It’s just the way Nova made itself to look different from the past PSO games (not counting the very, very old ones, of course), which made me hope for something new and unique.

        Well, just gotta wait for the demo, I guess.

  • Looks good

  • Armageddon

    “one of the giant monsters in the game”. Drolling…

  • Renaldi Saputra

    It’s nice having a Region 2 PSN ID

  • Tarkovsky

    Gonna import this! Not patient enough to wait for a localized version which I’m pretty certain will happen(don’t quote me on this) but is probably gonna take awhile.

  • Cyrus

    Why can’t they make traditional Phantasy Star games anymore…? =/
    Phantasy Star IV is one of my favourite RPGs of all time and all they make now that has “Phantasy Star” in the title are co-op hunting games, which don’t get me wrong, I love MH style games, but I kinda wish they didn’t stick that name in the title.

    • John Lawson

      Phantasy Star Online was the original Hunter game though, Monster Hunter may have popularized the genre, but It’s like saying Doom is a Call of Duty clone.

      • Cyrus

        I don’t mind them making a hunting game series based around Phantasy Star, I just want to see the old-style Phantasy Star games again.

    • sakusakusakura_nyo

      Yeah Phantasy Star IV is amazing. I’ll never forget that game no matter how many rpgs I play.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I just mite import this game

  • Randgriz

    I miss tri-ace

    I hope it get localised

  • Mind0105A

    Since, it’s tri-ace. Hopefully we will see secret dungeon and that other SO / VP stuff. I’m ready for the battle demo.

  • MaidKillua

    I still don’t know anywhere near enough Japanese to bother importing this so hopefully Sega will notice the genres recent increased success in the west and localise it. Even though I know it would be playable with little to no Japanese knowledge, I like to know what’s going on

  • Kornelious

    Maybe I should hop on my JP account when it comes out and give it a try……But i don’t think I’ll feel like torturing myself with Phantasy Star any more :(

  • Lemski07

    GIMMMEEEE! dat one!

  • natchu96

    Meanwhile in the West.

  • MaximDualBlade

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeees pleeeeeease

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    We will never see another Phantasy Star game in the west.

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