Star Online has taken online gaming to new heights, especially
for console gamers. Phantasy
Star Online Episode I&II (PSOEI&II) is already available
for GameCube, and is expected to hit Xbox largely in tact.
I don't have a whole lot of concrete information to share, but here's what
I know and have heard.
> I know the game will be titled PSOEI&II. This seems obvious,
but there has been confusion on this matter. If you don't have broadband
then you're out of luck, because that's the only internet connection this
game will support. The on-screen button representation will mirror
that of the Dreamcast, probably since the Xbox controller has four
uniform buttons. With the B button's location being identical for
Xbox and Dreamcast, I'm sure the "backwards control" of the GameCube will
be rectified. Since the Jungle, Seaside, Mountain and Seabed locations
are obviously included, it would seem likely that the VR Temple and VR
Spaceship levels are as well. Also note that two of Sonic Team's
below have bubble-speech, which leads me to believe a keyboard peripheral
will be available. Voice communication is expected to be standard.
> I have heard the Xbox version of PSOEI&II will have a new character.
However, I have seen no official pictures of him/her, and the first artwork
offers no hints. There have been rumors of a keyboard peripheral,
and the pictures below seem to justify them. I also heard PSOEI&II
for Xbox will be merely identical to PSOv.2
for Dreamcast, but this seems exceedingly unlikely. That about wraps
it up for now.