Closed beta session slated for mid-January 2013; registration starts on December via PlayStation Store.
Sega has announced the release date for the PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2. The free-to-play MMORPG will be out in Japan on February 28. The game will be free to download on the PlayStation Network and will also share online servers with the PC version.
Sega also announced that it will host a closed beta for the PS Vita version in the middle of January 2013. Registration for the session begins next month; players can send in their details at the PlayStation Store.
The company is also selling a special package version of the game at Japan retail stores which costs 5,229 yen. This version contains eight special costumes (only two of them are selectable), three special weapons, a MAG device, two music CDs featuring the game's soundtrack, and a 1000 FUN points used to buy in-game items.
There is currently no word on the North American or European release date for the PC and PS Vita version. The iOS and Android versions of the game will be out in 2013. Check out GameSpot's impressions on the PC version here.