It was so exciting at first to read that Phantasy Star Universe
is headed for the PSP.
Developers have theorized
before that a PSP MMO might be worth trying, and PSU
is the perfect candidate because of its small-scale group battles and its pick-up-and-play approach. At first, it looked like this would finally be the big break!
Or not! Sega
has announced a Japanese PSU port for the PSP,
but its multiplayer features are only ad hoc -- meaning it works over a local wi-fi connection between PSPs, not over the internet. So they've taken PSU
, stripped out the "Massively" and "Online" parts of "MMO," and ported it to the PSP.
Bad form, Sega -- bad form
. Looks like we'll be waiting a bit longer for an MMO-on-the-go that isn't a cell phone game
meant for 'tweens. Maybe NCsoft is PSP MMO fans' only hope.