GameCube owners who pick up Phantasy Star Online will be treated to something a little extra when they play the acclaimed title. Sega has announced the game will feature a new, GameCube-exclusive area: a coastal region featuring all the amenities a tropical paradise infested with monsters can offer. The area features both pristine beaches and heavily forested areas. As an added bonus, players will be able to walk in the water on the beach. There will be no time for idling about, however; all of this scenery comes stocked with only the most powerful enemies, which are sure to put a damper on any sunbathing plans.
Although Sega previously indicated the GameCube release of PSO would take place sometime this month, the likelihood of meeting that deadline seems to be dwindling. That said, RPGamer will continue to follow the game in order to provide up-to-date release information as it becomes available.