SEGA’s ambitious free-to-play MMO Phantasy Star Online 2 will spread its wings to the PlayStation Vita on 28th February in Japan. The game will be available as a complimentary download from the PlayStation Store, and will share online servers with the PC version.

A closed beta for the handheld release will begin in January, with registrations opening next month. Those eager to participate will have to submit their details via the PlayStation Store. Presumably, that allows the publisher to check that the applicant actually owns the appropriate hardware.

While the game will be available as a free download, SEGA will also be selling a special retail edition in stores. For a cool ¥5,229 ($63), players will receive eight new costumes, three unique weapons, a MAG device, two music CDs, and 1,000 FUN points to purchase in-game items with.

There’s no word on a Western release for the Vita version of the game just yet, but we sincerely hope that it makes its way overseas.

[via uk.gamespot.com]