Details on Phantasy Star Online 2’s upcoming closed beta test were discussed at a media briefing today, just as promised by producer, Satoshi Sakai, last week. The closed beta for the game will commence near the end of April, and as previously reported, Sega are making room for 100,000 participants.
Other details about the game’s were discussed, too, including the most important one—pricing structure. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be a free-to-play game on both PC and PlayStation Vita, and there will be item-based micro-transactions within the game. It sounds like you’ll be able to download the game’s client for free as well, making it a very accessible game, financially.
Sega also announced that they’re developing a version of Phantasy Star Online 2 for iOS and Android smartphones. While this version will also share character data with the PC and Vita versions, it will be a simpler game with social game elements.
Phantasy Star Online 2 will see a full release in early summer. The smartphone version will follow sometime in fall, and the PlayStation Vita version will be released in 2013.