Phantasy Star Online 2 launches on PC in late May, officially leaves Xbox One beta today

    
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If you’re one of the many, many would-be Phantasy Star Online 2 fans waiting eagerly for news about the game’s PC release, you have finally gotten it. The news may not be what you wanted, of course, as it confirms that PSO2 will be arriving on the PC in late May of this year with full crossplay. But it still means that we have an actual target and a known limit on the console exclusivity, so you can at least stop asking about when.

Unfortunately, you will need to go through the Microsoft Store to get the title rather than using Steam, so it turns out rumors about that were greatly exaggerated. You’ll also be missing out on the currently running content, like the addition of the Fallen Champion: Luther quest triggers. But, hey, the game is coming out on PC in North America after a bit more than a month. That’s enough to be happy about, right?

Tokyo, April 15, 2020 – SEGA announced today the official launch of Phantasy Star Online 2 on Xbox One in North America. Players can download the free-to-play game now on the Microsoft Store. SEGA also announced today that PSO2 will make its North American debut on PC in late May, exclusively in the Microsoft store. Cross-play between Xbox One and PC will begin at that time. Other announcements accompanied the official release as well.

ARKS (soldiers of the Oracle colony fleet in the Phantasy Star Online 2 series) are invited to join together online 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.

“Phantasy Star Online 2 changed the history of Online Action RPG’s; the sci-fi story, characters, and gameplay has resonated with gamers worldwide and now we’re excited to bring North American players this special game — for free,” said Fred White, PSO2 TEAM North America’s Head of Marketing. “Our player community is the heart and soul of the game and we couldn’t have done it without their ongoing support and passion. Now that it is officially launched on Xbox One, we look forward to kicking off a fun-filled future of events, collaborations and expansions in the years to come!”

The North American launch includes fully localized text and character voices in English, spanning three years of content. In addition to the immersive original PSO2 story, the NA version also features the most-up-to-date balancing and quality-of-life improvements from the Japanese service. Players will be able to choose from four races and nine classes while tackling various missions and collecting Xbox One Achievements. They can also take a break from questing by playing one of the many Casino mini-games, chilling in the Alliance Quarters, or attending all-new live stage events. All progress from the betas will be carried over.

To celebrate the full launch of PSO2, SEGA has a number of surprises lined up for players in North America:

∙ Every day between April 15th-23rd, ARKS Operatives will receive a special log-in bonus when they report for duty! The Half Scape Doll is able to sacrifice itself to revive players automatically if they become incapacitated on the battlefield – a real boost when fighting the Falspawn.
∙ ARKS who join an Alliance with at least four members before April 28th will receive a SG20 Ticket (x1). And members of Alliances that have earned at least 5,000 Alliance Points before April 28th will receive the collectable emote #269: Impromptu Tea Party!
∙ Two new Urgent Quests: “The Cunning Black Winged Vanguard” & “The False Champion: Luther the Fallen” begin this week.
∙ PSO2 Diva, Quna, returns for live concerts on Saturdays and Sundays!
∙ The Cherry Blossom season is coming to Phantasy Star Online 2 with a new look to the renowned Franca’s Café! Certain ARKS Ship lobbies will also change their appearances periodically.
∙ PSO2 is one of the first games to be included in Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks program! All PSO2 players with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will receive extra special goodies after their first log in, including an Xbox jacket and Xbox Controller accessory for their character to show off in-game. Additional Perks will be made available every month, such as bonus Half Scape Dolls and more.
∙ The ever-expanding catalog of outfits and accessories to collect and mix-and-match continues to grow with the introduction of the Heroic Wanderer AC Scratch Ticket.

Source: Press release, Official Site

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Dankey Kang

*Cries in European*

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EmberStar

I’m sad that it’s tied to the Windows Store. I had wanted to try it, but I refuse to use the Microsoft store or even make a Windows account. (My reasons are my own, and probably don’t matter to anyone else.)

If they were to put it on GoG or Steam I’d definitely take a look. But I’m not going to do business with Microsoft beyond owning a legal copy of Windows. And since the crossplay is almost certainly tied to the part where the Windows 10 version is basically almost identical to the XBox version, I can’t really see them opening a second set of servers for “non MS” players.

Oh well. I do hope it’s fun for people that don’t share my dislike for the Microsoft store.

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agemyth 😩

It will come to Steam and it will be cross platform with the Xbox and Windows Store versions. It is also coming to PS4 after Xbox and Windows. If there are any compromises in cross-platform play it will not be the fault of a deal with Microsoft. Microsoft has been cross-play friendly for years now.

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Castagere Shaikura

I keep telling everyone that it’s all about Xbox but they keep white knighting for MS.

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Grave Knight

Ugh! Late May? I get they wanted to boost X-Box One sales, but that’s so far away.

Also, I find it funny people complaining about it being on Microsoft Store. Like they’ve been saying it’ll be exclusive to the Microsoft Stores since the announcement. I remember there was a technical reason. Though that could make crossplay with PS4 and Switch tricky (er, assuming Sony is even willing to do crossplay, they seem to really hate playing nice with others), whenever those versions of the game come out (next year maybe?).

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Mewmew

Trying to sell out the old Xbox One stock before the new console arrives :P

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Strykerx88

Whether or not you said it would be on the store shouldn’t preclude people from complaining about a game they think they would enjoy going to a storefront they don’t want to use.

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Daniel Miller

Microsoft store is not as bad as you think. You can buy games there or other sites. Activate the game, then launch on steam.

I do this with foriza horizon 4

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Sorenthaz

Yeah go figure it would be MS store only. Oh well. Glad it’s not being delayed to summer at least. Hopefully they give PC players some goodies too and don’t just treat us like second class citizens after showering Xbox players in stuff. Otherwise they’re basically going out of their way to make PC players feel alienated by a game that was designed for PC first and foremost.

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Castagere Shaikura

Just watch what they do. Everything will come to Xbox first.

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Ozzie

A beginner’s guide or “here’s what to expect as a player” article would be great for this game. Seems pretty crazy and I’m not sure how it fits into the greater MMO sphere. I see a first impressions piece to check out here at least.

Also just saw: cross-play begins at that time. That means they’ll dump PC players into servers with month-long console players? That sounds bad…

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Strykerx88

Of course there’s a catch. The Microsoft Store is so bad.

This after MS was saying how bad exclusivity is, etc.

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Castagere Shaikura

Only on the MS store is a big let down.

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Jack Pipsam

You can get the beta Xbox client for PC which acts as a fancy reskin of the Microsoft Store so it’s focused on just games, making the process of downloading/installing games off the Microsoft Store a lot easier as it’s just a bodge-job doing it through the store directly.
The Microsoft Store works okay for apps, but for large-size games I find it to be hit and miss or gets itself stuck in the same kind of weird loop like Windows Update can be where I don’t know if it’s stuck, downloading, the progress bar jumps ahead randomly etc.

Trust me, get the app, makes things so much easier with gaming, you can tell they knew the Microsoft Store itself was shite.
Although I fully suspect this’ll come to Steam soon anyway, I mean the rest of Microsoft’s own actual published games are coming to Steam now and they’re not even publishing PSO2.

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cursedseishi

That’s most likely the reason they are making sure Cross-Play is in at the start too. Other games launched and exclusive to the Microsoft Store plummeted hard without any cross-play, whether it be between Steam or Xbox. That’s likely why they are trying to tie it so hard to it though with the game pass.

Personally…? I’ll wait. They’ve managed to slowly chip away at the kneecap of my excitement for the game since they announced the (finally) western release… Battle Passes that you have to ‘unlock’ the option to grind through again and again because rewards are choice limited, Microsoft’s strange obsession with their thinking the Windows/Microsoft Storefront is actually good, the unhealthy choice of limiting the game’s platforms to the West…

If it comes to Steam? Cool. If it releases on the other consoles? Better.

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Castagere Shaikura

My excitement for the game has dropped off also. Just going to the website and reading the crap being posted on the forums is just bad. Sounds like the community is already toxic as heck.

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nostalgic_dragon

I created an account to reply to this. I have no idea what you are talking about with the battle pass with the “unlock” thing, but it sounds very misleading.

I’ve never bought a battle pass before and likely never will, but I got the battle pass for free this month because I’m an xbox gamepass sub. As far as battle passes go it was super easy to finish, I didn’t even play a ton, just focus on the tier bonuses and it is easy to complete. I got to level 30 within the first two weeks, which pushed the pass into overdrive mode to lvl 35. 31-35 offer a chance to grab rewards you didn’t grab on the first go. You can also choose to grab the same reward again because unlocking a cosmetic item a second time allows it to be used across all of your characters if they are able to. Battle pass items are locked to your account, so they offer non-cosmetic reward for people who don’t play that player type (cast male/cast female/ non-robotmale/non-robotfemale). You can’t change your player type, so unless you’re running 4 characters (max is 3 without paying for an extra slot), most of those cosmetics are useless to you.

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cursedseishi

https://pso2.com/news/blogs/missionpass

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If you saw a reward with multiple options and you really wanted both, don’t worry, you have another chance at it. At a certain Tier, you’ll unlock the Extended Game Mode and you’ll be able to complete the Tiers over again so you can select the rewards you didn’t take the first time

But you said it yourself, you have to unlock the chance to repeat the pass to grab things. You’re the only one misleading here. Peddle your garbage elsewhere.