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Phantasy Star Online close?

It's out in Japan, don't you know. Take a gander at the latest trailer to whet your appetite

It's been a long ride for Phantasy Star Online, the Dreamcast's first massively multiplayer online RPG, but the road is finally at an end, for the Japanese at least. The game, which will invite gamers around the globe to interact via a universal translation service (with support for English, Japanese, German, French, and Spanish) represents the first console-based game of its ilk. You can take a look at the Japanese TV commercial, which features a good amount of in-game footage to give you an idea of the level of presentation. We can't wait.