Sega Bundles Phantasy Star Demo with Phantasy Star
Company hopes to spur interest in game.
Sega's latest move with Phantasy Star Portable 2 managed to get the attention of the mainstream press, without low res pics of girls in bikinis. The Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun reported today that the company will be bundling a demo of PSP2 with its package version. The hope is to spur sales by having buyers of the full retail version distribute the demo to friends.
It's unclear if the demo will be on its own UMD disc or included on the main game disc. Sega currently offers a robust demo of the game both for download and as a limited UMD. The UMD version can be installed to Memory Stick, with Sega hoping that players will share it with friends.
UPDATE: 20:06 -- Sega has sent out notice of the demo offer to the games media. The demo will be included on the main game disc and is the same as the current demo that's available for download on PSN. Phantasy Star Portable 2 owners will be able to select an option to distribute the demo to friends. The demo will allow for cooperative ad-hoc play with owners of the retail version.
Online play will cease to be supported from PSP2 demos, including those currently in distribution, prior to the 12/3 release of the retail version.