Phantasy Star Online 2 is officially launching on PC in the west May 27

    
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Phantasy Star Online 2 is officially launching on PC in the west May 27

This piece has been updated with the latest release info; skip to the end for the new stuff.

The team behind Phantasy Star Online 2 has treated the game’s release date on PC like a state secret of the utmost importance, which is pretty frustrating if you’re one of the people eagerly awaiting it. The last we heard was that it would be released in May… which, for those of you checking the calendar, is very nearly over at this point to begin with. But an official tweet implies very strongly that the official date is… going to be announced very soon.

Considering it’s now late enough that there’s little to no space to do any promotion, of course, it’s an open question whether or not the date will wind up being May as planned or delayed into June. (It’s also worth noting that the game’s Japanese version has been on PC for ages, so since the localization is already done, a delay does not make an excessive amount of sense.) Regardless, if you’ve been waiting for ages, it feels like the wait is… nearly over. Maybe.

Source: Twitter via Reddit
Update
Apparently soon meant real soon as in today, as SEGA just announced a May 27th launch.

Tokyo, May 19, 2020 – SEGA announced today that their massively popular online action RPG from Japan, Phantasy Star Online 2, is coming to PC on the Microsoft Store. The free-to-play game will arrive for Windows 10 on May 27th in North America.

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.

“We’re thrilled to announce the long-awaited arrival on PC,” said Fred White, PSO2 TEAM North America’s Head of Marketing. “There’s a loud and passionate PC fanbase who has been patiently waiting for the North American version – we can’t wait to welcome them in. There will be login bonuses waiting for them with more surprises planned in the coming months.”

The North American version of Phantasy Star Online 2 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 can choose from four races and nine classes while tackling various missions. They can also take a break from questing by playing one of the many Casino mini-games, chilling in the Alliance Quarters, competing in the new ARKS League or attending all-new live stage events. And for the first time they will be able to do all of this with friends on both PC and Xbox One thanks to cross-platform play.

SEGA also announced Phantasy Star Online 2’s first in-game collaboration to come to North America – Hatsune Miku! Special items are available starting today on Xbox One in the Scratch Ticket Terminal. Players can use Arks Cash Scratch Tickets to get stylish clothing and accessories. This AC Scratch features collaboration items from Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, as well as Kagamine Rin & Len. Represent at the main stage like never before with these unique outfits and get ready for the vocaloid performance of a lifetime!

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Jadefox

Wait there is a Microsoft store??????
Does anyone actually use it???

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Anthony Clark

No sane person

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Castagere Shaikura

The same day ESO Graymoor comes out which sounds really good.

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losludvig

and minecraft dungeons too.
iirc both death stranding and new world were supposed to launch around there as well

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Sorenthaz

Freaking finally. Sucks that it’s MS Store exclusive though because that’s almost definitely going to harm its visibility. Looking forward to finally getting to sink into a proper English version without going through all the hoops to try and recover my Japanese account.

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losludvig

Do you mean to tell me that you don’t enjoy Japanese CAPTCHA?

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Sorenthaz

Oh yeah trying to draw the kanji or whatever was always so fun.

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MrNastyButler

While I’m not thrilled about the exclusivity, I am curious if it will interact with the Xbox Game Pass feature or if I can get it through that.

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agemyth 😩

I assume they will give some kind of bonus for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers since there is/was a promo for the Xbox One version. The game is F2P otherwise so unless they also announce a head start or stress test before the 27th for Ultimate subs only you will be good to go. I hope a bunch of people don’t have issues with the MS Store inexplicably refusing to download anything for reasons.

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Robert Mann

NOPE. Exclusivity by bribe means no. Nada. You get nothing from me now, maybe once it isn’t if I still have interest. It’s far less likely though, because you did something that I don’t want to see more of, and don’t want to support. I’m all for releasing on various places, I’d rather not just see games default to Steam either (I prefer direct if possible, but second GoG, third is humble through Steam, and 4th is anything else except the stores running these bribes in some desperate bid to turn PC in the console wars with digital launchers… yuck!)

I hope those who do play have fun, but this took the idea of PSO fun and turned it into a giant letdown for me. I don’t mind if the developer keeps exclusivity for distribution, but otherwise get that console mindset outta here! :(

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Bereman

Exclusivity by bribe suggests that there was a push from SEGA to put it on various PC platforms and were swayed into just the Microsoft Store by promise of payment…

I don’t think I’ve seen anything that indicates SEGA was trying to bring this to the West at all until MS stepped in…and I can’t at all blame them for taking the approach that if they are the ones putting up the cash to bring it over, then it comes over first on their ecosystem.

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Robert Mann

Perhaps, but they knew there was some fair demand. Sega likely just doesn’t have a good grasp on dealing with the ‘West’ yet… as evidenced by the U.S. only release on this that is irking some EU people who don’t want to try to deal in U.S. based cards to buy things once it goes up.

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Castagere Shaikura

Same here that’s one reason why I will wait to see if it goes to Steam Or my preference GOG for games. Not going to touch it if it’s only on MS. I was interested until all this Xbox first stuff from MS. Everyone wants to blame just Sega for this PC delay which is a load of BS. MS sold a lot of Xboxes pulling this.

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Bereman

The delay everyone is blaming Sega for is the one where they released PSO2 in Japan in 2012…again, 2012…and then didn’t bring it to NA until this deal with MS.

Not the couple months between the Xbox launch and this PC launch. No one is blaming just Sega for that.

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Robert Mann

Of course, but at the same time the xbox/ms-store thing is… something they are also being blamed for, because without the heat they won’t learn that people dislike that behavior.

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Ben Stone

I highly doubt they sold any Xboxes with this game alone. If MS was the only Western publisher that would take it, then its fair enough that they get exclusivity. And I say that as someone who only has a PS4 and Switch this gen.

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Castagere Shaikura

I have watched many videos of the NA version and many have said they bought an Xbox to play this.

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agemyth 😩

It’ll be on Steam eventually, but yea launch exclusivity is annoying. I’m mostly letting this one by due to the fact that it probably wouldn’t have happened without Microsoft’s help. Timed store exclusivity is better than no English release at all.

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Bereman

Agreed – best case would be having it available to purchase on multiple platforms, but everything we’ve seen indicates that this game came to NA/EU because MS made a deal and that it wasn’t coming over before that deal.

Which makes it really annoying that I keep seeing people say it’s the same exclusivity crap that EGS pulls, when it’s clearly a different situation.

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Gamhuin

Yay! :D

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Giggilybits

Played this for a bit on Xbox. I can see why people like it but I think you have to be more into Anime/Robotech to really enjoy it.

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Greaterdivinity

First time I’ll be using the Microsoft store, but I’m totes gonna be there. Now to make sure I do the GW2 update beforehand so I don’t have to think about missing out on that while I’m no-lifing PSO2.

Shame it’s AFTER Memorial Day, was really hoping to be able to take advantage of the 3 day weekend but oh well. I’m just happy it’s finally getting an official western release.

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Rees Racer

I admit I’m quite excited for this. I actually played (not for a terribly long time, though) the original Phantasy Star Online on the SEGA Genesis. I don’t how much time I’ll invest in it, but I will most certainly throw some money at it, unreservedly.

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Rees Racer

Although now I am extremely disappointed to see I would have to upgrade from my beloved Windows 7 to Windows 10 to play it. I’m not sure I want to do that.

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Utakata

*Drools over the thought of adorning large pair of Miku pigtails in pink*

…or right, May 27 it is then! o.O

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Bruno Brito

My birthday gift ( 22 ) <3