Betawatch: Phantasy Star Online 2 enters closed beta on the Xbox One

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To have something so close, and yet so far away… that is the situation for North American fans of Phantasy Star Online 2 on PC this weekend. The game is coming over, it’s finally in beta testing… on the Xbox One. Sigh. Well, at least we know the game is almost certainly heading to Steam, that’s slightly mollifying.

Other beta news? Aw, heck, we can’t say no to that face:

Aw, that’s still kind of a depressing ending. We started on a high note. Maybe the games on the list below will help ameliorate any of that cynicism. Of course, if one of them has jumped into another test phase without us noticing it, that might not help matters… just let us know about that in the comments so we can get that trimmed up.

As always, we consider an MMO to be in open testing if it features free, public signups and will server wipe prior to launch. An MMO is marked in closed testing if it’s running a private test phase that cannot freely be accessed by the general public; it’s usually under NDA as well. Early access and crowdfunded MMOs whose tests we deem legitimate will be included. So-called “open beta” soft-launch MMOs with cash shops, no sign of launch in the west, or limited interest for our readers will not be listed; we also do not list expansions, with occasional exceptions.

AdventureQuest 3D: Open beta
Arcfall: Pre-alpha
Ashes of Creation: Alpha one phase one; Apocalypse early access
Bless Unleashed: Open beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed beta one
Children of Ur: Open alpha, further development merged with Eleven
Chronicles of Elyria: Pre-alpha
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha, alpha now expected in 2020
Cube World: Closed beta since September 23rd
Dauntless: Open beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Dual Universe: Alpha
ECO: Early access
Eleven: Closed alpha
Ever, Jane: Open beta
Kurtzpel: Closed beta
Gloria Victis: Early access on Steam
Guardians of Ember: Open beta
Hearthstone Battleground Mode: Open beta
Inferna: Early access
Life is Feudal: Early access
Line of Defense: Early access, removed from Steam
Magic: Legends: Beta testing in 2020
New World: CBT in April 2020, launching May 2020
Occupy White Walls: Early access
Osiris: New Dawn: Open beta
Outlaws of the Old West: Early access
Pantheon: Backer pre-alpha
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
Phantasy Star Online 2: Closed beta on Xbox One (PC version expected)
Project Genom: Closed alpha, servers offline for restructuring with SpatialOS
Project Gorgon: Early access beta
Prosperous Universe: Early access
Saga of Lucimia: Closed alpha
SamuTale: Closed alpha
Ship of Heroes: Alpha
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Temtem: Early access
The Black Death: Early access alpha
The Cycle: Alpha, weekly test cycle
The Repopulation: Early access alpha
Torchlight Frontiers: Closed alpha, no NDA
Valiance Online: Alpha

Yes, MMO gamers, you too can perform the unpaid quality-control work otherwise known as game testing! Check out Massively Overpowered’s Betawatch every week for a run-down of MMOs that are still on the road to launch, even if they appear to have set up a permanent residence in a shed called early access.

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Well it’s not an mmo so that’s probably why.


They cover ARPGs all the time.

Patrick Helms

headline says open beta, article says closed beta.

Bree Royce
Bree Royce

You are right, thank you! They are letting in everyone with the Xbox One Insider pass in it seems, so it’s not really open or closed. But they are calling it closed.


Don’t even need to have been signed up for the Xbox One Insider pass before hand either – just signed up for it about 20 minutes ago and was able to immediately join the “closed” beta for PSO2.

I believe the only other real requirement, other than clicking a couple “Accept ToS” buttons, is having Xbox Live Gold as “Xbox Live Gold subscription required for online play” is in the description of the Microsoft Store page.

Ian Wells

Would you be willing to confirm which version of the game they ported? I am interested in knowing if they honestly tried to port the current version of the game to a new market, as they really muddled up older content and basically removed most of the story elements from the game some time ago. My understanding was that was the plan, but still holding out hope we are getting a fresh start.


My knowledge of PSO2 is quite limited, pretty much consisting of the screenshots I’ve seen in the One Shots articles here and the 2-3 hours I had with the Closed Beta tonight, so in that regard I have no idea how it compares in terms of story elements and such.

There’s also limited amounts of story available in the beta itself, so it’s hard to tell how much they plan to have in the launch version.

FWIW, they only have Episodes 1-3 listed in the Story section of available quests (listed as the Oracle Story), though Episode 2 and 3 are blocked off during the CBT.

The build version mentioned on the title screen is ver. 6.0651.0 NA.

Not sure if any of that helps answer your question, but I’m afraid it’s the most I can give based on what I’m seeing in the client itself and given my complete newness to the game itself.

Ian Wells

Well, shit… they are launching with the anime tie-in arc, meaning the game will have no relevant story at all. All that exists of the game’s story in the JP version is a collection of cutscenes you can watch, with very limited context as to what they are about. Its supposed to be your character discussing past events with NPCs, since after the 3rd or 4th arc the game did a time skip and your character gets put in cryostasis to recover from Dark Falz’s corruption and awakens with amnesia.

They got tired of maintaining the pre- and post-timeskip lobbies, so they pushed the entire player base in the the post timeskip, but they removed literally all of the older story content in the same process, leaving the zones and level level curve to go with them. As a result, new players just have a grind of new player missions with no story to catch up with the current arcs, and they have all been disappointing to long time fans of the franchise, since there have been two anime tie ins and an isekai arc since the skip and that is pretty much it.

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“North American PC users” right, because the rest of the world can play the beta on pc?
As for Wolcen they had an interesting and unique game during alpha, then showed up with a different game when the beta hit. A game that didn’t feel unique, but more like someone had slapped all the worst and most uninspired parts of D3 and PoE together without understanding what makes either game work.
I hope full release will make me change my mind but I’m not holding my breath