IDOLA: Phantasy Star Saga Out Now!

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Virtual YouTuber, “Popona,” has announced the release date for IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga! The game is expected to launch on iOS and Android devices on November 27th, 2018!

To celebrate the game’s release, Popona will be giving out some IDOLA swag to those who follow and retweet specific messages on Twitter. Since these are physical items, we recommend not participating in the campaign unless you live in Japan.

 

Five lucky winners will each win one of the prizes listed below:

  • IDOLA Umbrella (1 Winner)
  • IDOLA Skateboard (1 Winner)
  • IDOLA Refrigerator (1 Winner)
  • IDOLA Rice Cooker (1 Winner)
  • IDOLA Cushion (1 Winner)

In addition to this announcement marks the official closing date of the Idola Pre-Registration Campaign. If you are a Phantasy Star Online 2 player and wish to receive the pre-registration rewards of 100 Star Gems, 50 King’s Crests, and 100 Conqueror’s Crests, you have until November 26th @ 12:00 JST to complete the registration form.

Players who have pre-registered for IDOLA (regardless of having a PSO2 account or not) will still receive 3,600 Star Diamonds. 1 Drive Med (L), 4 EXP Books, 30,000 Meseta, ★5 Character [Quna], and the ★5 Weapon Symbol [Elysion]!

 

V-Tuber Popona!

ポッポ~♪ Popona is the official spokesperson of IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga. You can learn more about her and the game at the Idola Channel.

 

Previous IDOLA Coverage

We have covered several different aspects of the game already on this site.

 

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Races and Classes in IDOLA: Phantasy Star Saga

IDOLA Races

IDOLA features six major races in the world of Vandore. While Phantasy Star fans might be able to instantly recognize who they are, IDOLA switches things up a bit by using a more traditional naming scheme.

 

Human Race

The race with the highest population. They engage in various classes.

 

Elf Race

The next highest population after humans, and known for their pointy ears.

 

Lycan Race

A human-animal hybrid of various species, such as wolves, rabbits and cats, etc.
Visually, men are closer to animals while women appear more human-like.

 

Gnome Race

While they may be diminutive in size, many of them are skilled in magic.

 

Demonic Race

This race is known for their distinctive horns and skin color.
They tend to be persecuted often due to their unusual appearance.

 

Machina Race

A rare race whose bodies are machines.
You may encounter them as enemies at the ruins.

 

IDOLA Class Outline

IDOLA classes are split into three categories: Law, Neutral, and Chaos.

  • Law: Knight / Archer / Saint / Elementor / Paladin
  • Neutral: Brave / Grappler / Bard
  • Chaos: Berserk / Wizard / Assassin / Dancer

 

Law Classes

Archer Deals heavy damage with skills that shoot at the enemy.
Knight Plays the role of the party’s shield thanks to its high defense.

 

 

Saint A rare class that cures status effects and heals.
Elementor A good energy source for the party that increases elemental values.

 

Chaos Classes

Berserk A hyper offensive class that deals heavy damage by putting their bodies on the line.
Wizard Excels at magic that can attack several enemies together.

 

Assassin Seizes the first move in battle with rapid strikes and are also skilled in followup attacks.
Dancer Bolsters allies through dancing and provides support effects.

 

Neutral Classes

Grappler They fight with their own fists and are skilled in using their energy to strengthen themselves.
Bard A musically trained class with a skill that naturally heals allies.

 

Special Classes

Brave Can raise his own ability after an attack
Paladin Stella’s native class that heals, defends, and attacks.

 

Fate Divergence

Your party’s composition changes with the Fate Divergence system. Nadia, who’s normally [Law], can switch alignments and be the healer for the [Chaos] side. Melissa, the [Chaos] Wizard, can switch alignments and strengthen attack power on the [Law] side.

 

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IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga Set For November Release

Today Popona cheerfully announced that IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga is set to begin service in November. The game is Phantasy Star’s return to a turn based RPG that plans to release on Android and iOS devices!

 

IDOLA is set in a world of two major competing forces where each character is affiliated with either [Law] or [Chaos]. Some characters, however, belong to neither side, and are classified as [Neutral] participants.

Starting the game up for the first time will allow you to input your name and birthday. The birthday you enter will decide the main protagonist’s element. You can change your name as you play the game, but you will not be permitted to alter the birthday.

 

You can confirm the status of your party prior to heading out into battle. From here, the livestreamers began their first [Free Quest], which happened to consume 15 Drive points.

 

These enemies might look familiar to those who’ve played PSO2. Standing in the back is the red [Rocked Bear] with two [Lugulfs] in front of it. Typically at the beginning of battle, each character only has access to basic attacks, indicated by the orange icons. These attacks will grow stronger as the battle progresses due to the increase in elemental values when various actions occur.

 

Characters will gain access to new attacks once their element reaches certain values. These new attacks are known as [Skills] that apply various effects on the enemy or your character. Skills in red icons usually perform powerful attacks that apply a particular effect. Skills with blue icons generally provide some sort of effect without an attack. For example, the blue icon [Shifta-Deband] increases both ATK and DEF on an ally.

Once a particular skill is used, the icon will grey out and go into cooldown for a number of turns.

 

Reverse Rush is yet another form of attack that switches out the current party with another in the opposite faction. Activating this action will unleash an all-out attack by members of the opposite party. Reverse Rush can also grant an effect that either reduces the enemies’ defenses or reduces the amount of damage your characters would receive.

 

Once a character’s element reaches a high enough value, their elemental icon will transform into a crest. This allows you to activate their [Elemental Blast]. This special move unleashes an action packed attack sequence that ends up consuming a certain amount of the element’s value. Each Elemental Blast has its own effect. For example, Jasper’s [Twin Blade] reduces his own speed after he finishes the attack, while Madock’s [Steal Life] recovers HP after he completes the attack.

 

Once you’ve completed a quest, you’ll be presented with a screen that displays the item drops and Meseta you’ve earned. You may also receive additional rewards if you achieve certain conditions in battle, such as winning without any incapacitations, or using elemental blasts a certain amount of times.

The next screen displays each character’s results with two bars underneath. These indicate their progress towards leveling up and their bond level. Characters will earn hearts as you keep filling their bond gauge. This ties into the Fate Divergence system explained previously on this site.

 

Beasts Are Back?

IDOLA brings forth the revival of “Beasts” after their long absence! This time they’re known as the [Lycans] who dwell alongside a mountainous region.

 

 

New Characters

Anna Marie (CV: Sayaka Ohara)

  • Stella’s mother and former head of the Aries Knights.

 

Popo Pudding (CV: Miyuki Kobori)

  • When she puts on her glasses, she switches to tactical mode, and her personality changes.

 

Phuramy (CV: Eri Kitamura)

  • The administrator of the Aries Knights who hails from a different world

 

The Imperial Army

Sigmund (CV: Rikiya Koyama)

  • Rosalinde’s father and ruler of the Leoria Empire!
  • A warrior who carries the lineage of the Idolan Leo.

 

Erwin (CV: Kōki Uchiyama)

  • A man of superior wisdom who’s the Crown Prince of the Empire!
  • He possesses excellent skills in protection and healing.

 

Gustav (CV: Kōsuke Toriumi)

  • The Second Prince in line of the Empire.
  • He excels in martial prowess and is a master of the bow.

 

Gerda (CV: Ami Koshimizu)

  • The First Princess who specializes in strategy and intrigue.
  • She has her sights set on Rosalinde’s life.

 

Correction: Release Date Is Set For Sometime in November

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