Thanks to 1UP for their news that, following yesterday's vaunted Final Fantasy XI subscriber numbers
of over 400,000, Sega has released figures claiming over 600,000 subscribers for the Phantasy Star Online series
, albeit "worldwide across all territories, episodes, and platforms"
, and including the newly Japanese-released Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution.
The article suggests: "A direct comparison between the two isn't fair for several reasons (PSO is on multiple platforms, popular in multiple territories, has a different pricing structure, and of course features a completely different style of gameplay), but nevertheless, it seems safe to say that Sega's experiment in online console gaming has proven a success in the long run."