If you’re in North America and Europe, you may never get to play Phantasy Star Online 2, but at least you’ll be able to see it. It’s not the same thing, but it’s something, right? Following on the footsteps of other recent MMO to anime adaptations such as Elsword Online, Arpiel Online and Closers Online, Phantasy Star Online 2 is also getting an anime in winter 2016 by Sentai Filmworks.
The PSO2 player Itsuki Tachibana is the focus of Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation, following his adventures both in and out of the game. Keiichiro Kawaguchi is the director, and Mitsutaka Hirota is responsible for the script and composition. While this show will debut in Japan, it will also be available via “select digital outlets”, and a home video version is in the cards.
The English version of Phantasy Star Online 2 was announced in 2012 and since then there’s not been an official cancellation from Sega, just an unconvincing “slightly delayed” update. Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PS4 in Japan during 2016, though, so this means that a western PC release still could happen someday… maybe. Probably not.