Information on Sega's upcoming Phantasy
Star Online Episodes I & II for the Nintendo GameCube
has appeared in the latest edition of Famitsu magazine, with most of the
material localizing on both new features and level enhancements.
A new, previously undiscovered level known as the "Lab" was
revealed in the trial version of the title currently distributed in Japan.
Inside the Lab, information contributed by Hunters is processed and analyzed
in order to garner more information on the natural environments of Planet
Background aesthetics like billboards and backdrops will be present in
the city of Pioneer 2. Several new mobile NPCs will be added to the environment
Episode II is set in the future, on post-explosion Ragol, where monster
populations are increasing in number despite the best efforts of the Hunters.
A mysterious message is sent from an island by the Central Dome called
Gal da Tal, with the shocking source being a survivor of Pioneer 1. The
Hunters are sent in to investigate the startling discovery.
A North American release with Internet support is expected come mid-October
2002. RPGamer will provide further coverage as it develops.