Phantasy Star Online 2’s North American Xbox One beta begins February 7

    
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Yeah, it's never happening.

Get out your “it’s happening” gifs or maybe just your “thank goodness, some good news today” signs: Sega formally put a date on Phantasy Star Online 2’s western closed beta, or more specifically, the Xbox One North American closed beta. You’ll be dipping in over the weekend of February 7th.

“SEGA Games announced today that “Phantasy Star Online 2”, a massively popular online action RPG game in Japan, will begin closed beta testing for the upcoming North American version on Xbox One on Friday, February 7th at 5:00pm PST (8:00pm EST) ending Sunday, February 9th at 12:00am PST (3:00am EST). This closed beta test will introduce North American players to the PSO2 game world with fully localized text and character voices in English. Players who participate will retain their progress from the closed beta test and those who answer the call during “Urgent Quests” have a chance to obtain special in-game rewards that can be used when the game launches in Spring 2020. Players are invited to explore numerous worlds with friends and experience PSO2’s unparalleled action combat and character customization. Choosing from four unique races and nine classes, players can join forces with up to eleven other operatives at a time to experience unforgettable battles and boss fights.”

There’s a whole stack of rewards for players who take part in the tests, along with a “special in-game concert” at 11 p.m. EST on February 8th.

Beta signups began in December, but of course, you’ve been waiting for this game for eight years, so you can probably wait a few more weeks.

Source: Press release
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kajidourden

Microsoft must be out there writing checks like nobody’s business. First Bless and now PSO2. There’s no way that Xbox is the preferred platform for these games to release on, it’s the least popular console so that makes no business sense.

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Mewmew

Wake me up when stuff starts to happen with it on PC :D

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Daniel Miller

Its xbox exclusive is simple. Microsoft paid for it on xbox, and later pc

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Sorenthaz

Neat, but I still find it stupid that PC players have to suffer while we essentially sit around and wait for the Xbox One version to be ready to go.

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cursedseishi

Honestly, I’d argue it’s even dumber that out of the 4 systems available for it–and two of which just need minimal work–that you have to wait at all for any sort of Beta chances while the arguably less popular non-native release option gets it…

But that is getting into Exclusivity deals which I get, but like… way to cut in half your market in the West Microsoft…

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Castagere Shaikura

Agree and I’m willing to bet Xbox gets exclusive stuff at launch too.

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Jack Pipsam

I assume because the Xbox version is the one actually being actively developed as a new thing.

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cursedseishi

If anything, I wouldn’t be shocked to see it as a timed exclusive at most. Microsoft is essentially ponying up the capital for servers most likely to get settled in, as well as a new translation since the SEA English script was… not great.

If Microsoft serves as Publisher for PSO2 in the West? Smart thing to do is treat it like Minecraft–benefit from the install base, don’t get petty with platforms, and be happy to expand. The only costs to bring the PS4 and Switch version to the West would be the bit of licensing work and applying the translations universally. Games are already ported over with crossplay so the worst of the work has been done for years.

It’d be crazy to leave out free money otherwise.

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Jack Pipsam

I thought it was already confirmed as a timed exclusive. Microsoft has never called it an exclusive in their marketing, aside from the initial launch and they’re not acting as publisher either, I remember when asked in an interview about it during E3 Phil Spencer said that SEGA was doing everything, only that they’re using Microsoft’s Azure servers to host the game on, but accounts, publishing ect was all SEGA.

I fully expect it to come to PS4 and perhaps Switch, SEGA is still the publisher. Microsoft just was the ones who coaxed them over, so they get first dibs for launch.

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silverlock

So whats the betting line on them not making that date?

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zuldar

My bet’s the servers won’t be able to handle all the people logging in leading to instability for at least a few hours if not a day or two and the beta being extended to compensate.

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kgptzac

As a PC Master Racer and someone who played this game before it was even on PSV, I guess I should congratulate on them finally get to “first release” on a platform that’s more fitting than PC.

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Greaterdivinity

Congrats, Xbox owners. Now to hope PC isn’t too far behind.

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blahlbinoa .

Right behind you on that one.

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Reginald Atkins

agreed… cause I know my wife would love it and I’m not about to buy a second Xbox.

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Sorenthaz

There’s basically no reason it should be behind.