Long ago, before the MMO market was saturated with an exorbitant amount of high fantasy titles, a masterpiece from the minds at Sega and Sonic Team was bestowed upon the gaming populace in the form of a massively multiplayer action RPG called Phantasy Star Online, or as all the cool kids called it ‘PSO’. It was in this effort that Sega ultimately paved the way for an entire genre of games and showed that hack and slash, in the company of thousands of players, is not only absurdly fun, but an instant money-maker.
When PSO first debuted on the underappreciated yet forward-thinking console, the Dreamcast, it was a wild success. Since its origination over ten years ago, it’s grown to a cult-like status of popularity inspiring various spin-off titles. While those games never received the praise or affection the original did, they did keep the Phantasy Star fires burning just long enough for an announcement that shocked many. Though PSO has been long since removed from the minds of mainstream gamers, it still remains ravenously popular among its followers, so much that there are a slew of private servers still hosting the original game. Needless to say, PSO has had a big impact on RPG and online gaming.
After taking over ten years to realize this, the good people at Sega finally took their collective heads from their asses, listened to their fans’ desperate cries, and graced us all with the first news of Phantasy Star Online’s return – this time not in the form of lackluster spin-off, but in a full-fledged, official sequel.
Up until now though, there hasn’t been much news on the title other than a general date that stated Japanese beta testing would commence this summer. However, finally after months of tantalizing tidbits, we have our first true gameplay trailer. And let me just say that this montage brings wistful tears to my eyes and inspires me to search out a time machine so I can Flux Capacitor my ass to the future and get my grubby little paws on a retail copy of this bad boy. If those words haven’t already convinced you of how awesome this four minute pastiche of JRPG monster-slaying goodness truly is, then fixate those peepers of yours on the movie box below and prepare to be amazed.