Phantasy Star Portable 2 Ties with Social Networking Site Mixi
Link up with friends from your Mixi friend list in online PSP title.
Sega has one more tie-up on the way for Phantasy Star Portable 2. This one has nothing to do with food or crossover characters.
The company announced today the development of Phantasy Star Portable 2 Senshi no Kizuna (Warriors' Bonds), a companion app that runs on the Mixi social networking site. Developed in conjunction with Samurai Works, Senshi no Kizuna allows Mixi users to register their Phantasy Star Portable 2 player information, then communicate with fellow players directly within the Mixi browsing environment. Mixi users who have the app enabled will be able to place a PSP2 profile card on their home page. This can be used to search for fellow players. The app can also be made to automatically find matching players.
When playing Phantasy Star Portable 2's four player infrastructure mode, players will be able to connect to the Mixi app to more easily find friends for upcoming game sessions.
The Mixi app will also offer a game-like component of its own. Users who make use of a messaging feature offered by the app will earn points. Earning more points raises your "level," gradually unlocking 60 "collection cards."
Phantasy Star Portable 2 hits retail on December 3. The Mixi app will go live starting November 2, and be active through October 31, 2010.
The November 2 date is close to the November 1 release of a Phantasy Star Portable 2 demo. It's unclear at present if the demo version will be able to interact with the Mixi app.
Mixi is Japan's largest social network. The "Mixi Appli" part of the site was started on August 24 of this year and has already attracted numerous game apps from Konami and other publishers.
Those hoping to joint the Mixi service will need to be invited by a current user.