Phantasy Star Online 2 to Disable 'Episodes 1-3 Mode' in March

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Sega disables old game mode to simplify game sequence

The official website for Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 game announced on Wednesday that it will disable the "Episodes 1-3" mode from the game beginning late March. The announcement explained that the decision was made in order to simplify the game sequence for players, as the game can currently be played with both the "Episodes 1-3" mode and "Episodes 4-5" mode. The announcement contains more details on which exact features of the game will be depreciated along with the mode.

Sega released the free-to-play Phantasy Star Online 2 role-playing game for Windows PC in Japan in 2012, followed by a PlayStation Vita release in 2013, and an Android and iOS release in April and May 2014, respectively. The game launched on the PlayStation 4 in April 2016, alongside the game's "Episode 4" update. The game's "Episode 5" update launched last June. The game has more than 4.5 million registered users.

The game will receive a Nintendo Switch version titled Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud in spring this year. The release will be a cloud game, allowing players to connect to a network and play with data stored in the cloud. Players will not need to download game data. Basic gameplay will be free, but some in-game items will be available at a cost.

Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation, a television anime series based on the game, premiered in January 2016. The anime has a completely original story. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for home video, and released it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD last March.

Kiyu Kibako launched the Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 0 manga in Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine last February and ended it last July.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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