Sega released a brand new promotional trailer for Phantasy Star Nova. Phantasy Star Nova is a project to start a new Phantasy Star Series with a single player offline experience. The story begins where our heroes are forced to make an emergency landing on a strange planet where photons cannot be used. Players can play alone or with some friends in Ad-hoc mode with up to four players. The game plans to release in 2014 for the Playstation Vita!
The gameplay footage showed two distinct features. Firstly, they demonstrated "Piles," a harpoon-like weapon that can be used against the Gigantes. As odd as the weapon may sound, Piles exist in the real world, though they're referred as "stakes" in layman terms. You attack the area the Piles hit to deal massive internal damage. Another cool feature is that you can create these special platforms to teleport up into the air. This allows you to attack in high places like never before.
Players can ascend into the air through these special platforms.
Producer Tsuzuki and Director Yamashita answered some questions with Famitsu at the Tokyo Game Show.
Q. Will we be able to enjoy this game even if we don't know anything about PSO2?
- Phantasy Star Nova features an original cast of characters and takes place on an entirely new planet. Even if you haven't played PSO2, you won't have any problems progressing through the story.
Q. How does one fight if they can't use any photons?
- We can't discuss the details for now, but that part is somewhat the foundation of the story. We want you to search through the story and see why they can't use any photons. How will they overcome this situation? It could be said that this is a part of the theme for "Survival." Even if they can't use photons, it by no means limits the battle system nor enjoyment of what we come to expect from the Phantasy Star Series.
Gigantes (Several different designs exist as well)