Phantasy Star Online 2 launched in Japan last week, and its servers are getting hammered — but not by Japanese players. Apparently, English-speaking players eager to play the first true sequel to a game that launched way back in 2000 for the Dreamcast are jamming the servers to the point that new character creation has been severely limited.
Those players won’t have too long to wait until a localized version is available to them, as Sega has announced that PSO2 will be launching in North America and Europe in 2013. The free-to-play MMO will be a PC-only release at launch, though Sega does plan to expand it to the iPhone, Android, and PlayStation Vita. In fact, characters from the PC version will be portable to the Vita.
Phantasy Star Online 2 seems to be keeping pretty close to its predecessor, gameplay-wise, with the same three classes and races and little in the way of details on its site beyond the promise of “challenging boss encounters” and “intense real-time combat.” Do you think you’ll give PSO2 a shot?