A few items I noticed over at GamespyDaily this morning regarding Microsoft's console. A bit of good news, and bit of bad, I suppose. First, it appears that Phantasy Star Online will be making an Xbox debut in North America and Europe by the end of March. A pretty saavy move for a system that may very well find a core audience through its strong multiplayer online component. A few popular Live games could be a huge boon.
Yesterday evening Sega announced that Phantasy Star Online will be released for the Xbox in North America and Europe by the end of March. Reported through a story run over at CBS Marketwatch, the word comes from Yuji Naka, who’s also working on a yet-to-be announced online title, as well as further games in the Sonic The Hedgehog series.
But, to balance out things, Daily also notes that the Xbox experienced slow holiday sales despite some inventive marketing, and the launch of Xbox Live.
Xbox Senior Manager Masahiro Koide said that Microsoft suffered from slow sales during the holiday season in Japan. Koide was keen on pointing out though that he is confident this was not caused by the lack of Xbox Live or "killer hits such as Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball
Just a pre-emptive reminder. Feel free to discuss, but avoid a console flame way, please. And I swear on all that's holy if I see the '>' sign used to illustrate how one multi-national conglomeration is "greater" than another, I will hunt you down with pepper-spray and a scouring pad!- Elysium