Phantasy Star Online 2 posts content roadmap and promises more PC platforms

    
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Have you already blasted and slashed your way through all of the content that Phantasy Star Online 2 has to offer? We’re a little dubious that this would be the case, considering that it just launched a couple of weeks ago, but even so, more stuff to do is always welcome!

So get your armor-suited butt into gear and prepare for the next big content update, Episode 4, which is coming to Xbox One and PC this August. According to SEGA, this patch includes “new story missions, urgent quests, the battle arena, crafting, and much more!” Also, there’s a battleship. Don’t sink it, or you’ll win the game.

SEGA posted a content roadmap for the game on the official site. Episodes 4 and 5 are coming in the third quarter this year, followed by Episode 6 in Q4. The level cap is going to steadily increase over time, and the Hero and Phantom classes should be in by the end of the year.

As you’re absorbing that news — and the following trailer — you may be pleased to learn that Phantasy Star Online 2 will come to more unspecified platforms than the lambasted Windows 10 store “soon.”

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Tokyo, June 13, 2020 – SEGA has announced that their massively popular online action RPG, Phantasy Star Online 2, will receive its first big content update, Episode 4, in August. The saga continues on PC and Xbox One. Watch as the interstellar battle between good and evil enters a familiar new dimension in the new trailer: https://youtu.be/jLOQA6x8IRI

“The game’s first major content update, Episode 4, is coming this summer and we’re super excited to continue growing along with our player community,” said Fred White, PSO2 TEAM North America’s Head of Marketing. “Episode 4 takes place several years after the end of Episodes 1-3, which are included in the base game of Phantasy Star Online 2. This is the first of more content updates to come in the future.”

Players wake from a long sleep to find that there has been an internal invasion of fake ARKS members, a mysterious enemy called “The Phantom” appears, and a new planet has been discovered in another dimension – Earth. And that’s just the beginning of the adventures. ARKS will be able to unlock a new level cap and travel to new locations like Tokyo and Las Vegas in the pursuit of solving the mystery of the mysterious black shadow and purge the planet of the most powerful enemies encountered yet, including the mysterious organization called Mother Cluster. The popular free-to-play game is currently available on Xbox One and PC from Microsoft, and will be launching on more PC platforms soon.

Phantasy Star Online 2 players 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.

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 they will be able to do all of this with friends on both PC and Xbox One thanks to cross-platform play.

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Strykerx88

Having the current client with past content makes this game incredibly dull. You are given access to equipment that is completely overpowered for the content that’s available and nothing is a challenge.

This is a real shame because the gameplay loop would be great – it has potential to be engaging and fun – but when none of the game is even a slight challenge, it gets so boring so fast.

Disappointing.

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Suikoden

I will never touch this game again. I had to reinstall windows because of this F’ing game. And then windows didn’t even recognize my hard drive. I had to reconfigure the bios just to get Win10 to install. ‘F’ the Microsoft store, and ‘F’ PSO2. Even if it comes to Steam, I’ll never touch this game again.

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John Mclain

Won’t touch “ANY” game that is part of the windows store, ever since the garbage fire that was sea of thieves. I had to actually prepare and send filings for a lawsuit against microsoft before they relented and refunded me for that crap. NEVER again.

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Castagere Shaikura

I would love to see a GOG or Steam launch.

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vgees

Assuming that other PC platforms means Epic Game Store and Steam (maybe GOG too), it’ll be interesting to see how they schedule the roll-out. I mean, I wouldn’t put it beyond Epic to throw some money at Sega to get it in the EGS first just to piss off Valve and get a cut of those sweet micro-transactions ahead of them.

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Robert Mann

Yay, something other than the “We dislike shortcuts, so everyone else must dislike them too” Window’s Store. At which point I’ll be very happy.

Seriously, that store is so much of a hot mess of overbearing idiocy that only Microsoft and a few others who value their overbearing idiocy at higher cost (like Apple, for example) could have made it. I mean, what other launching service doesn’t allow you to make a shortcut for a game? I’ll wait while you look, but you won’t find one that isn’t so obscure that it’s really a money laundering front. XD

P.S. I have to apologize to Apple here, because I know their app store with their phones does allow for shortcuts, proving that even their incredibly inane and highly annoying battles with other tech and locking people out from that tech is less stupid than Microsoft.

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EmberStar

My dislike of the MS Store aside, the bigger issue for me is that it apparently flips the frig out if you try to put the *folder* anywhere else. My C: drive is a relatively tiny SSD that is *supposed* to be just for Windows. It already annoys me a LOT that some games and programs insist on using it for save files or to store backup info. And because it’s usually being done following MS Stupid “best practices,” those things are jammed into hidden, ummovable folders under the User Profile folder somewhere and that completely ignore my attempts at redirecting things like Documents and Downloads and Pictures to my 1 terabyte data drive, or the 2 terabyte drive I use for Steam installs.

A 50gb game jamming itself into my C: drive would be enough to overflow it and probably hard crash my system. And cleaning *that* up would be fun.

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Robert Mann

Yeah, seeing this is a big problem for people now. Randomly breaks on update? Sounds like a lovely feature!

Windows store was bad enough to kill any interest I had before, add that and the entire thing can get tossed.

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jikap

“We are also working hard to introduce this legendary online action RPG to a global audience this year.”

This is the important part for me, you could’ve mentioned that in the article.

This is the first time they’ve mentioned this I think, and while I hadn’t entirely written off an eventual global or EU release, I certainly didn’t expect one this year, considering their track record of releasing to new regions.

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vgees

This is the part that I find most interesting as well. I think it means that maybe the NA release on Xbox One and PC has done well enough commercially for Sega to invest the resources to do an EU release. They should also have data on the number of players actually playing from EU countries and elsewhere outside of NA. That bodes well for the long term life of the game.

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EmberStar

If it comes to Steam or GoG and *isn’t* tied to the MS Store in any form I’d take a look. I still have the original PSO on my Gamecube and play it once in a while as a single player game. It’s fun, even if it feels like someone misplaced a bunch of pages of the script at some point.

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NeoWolf

At last they are looking at more regions finally :)