Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to Steam on August 5

    
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Urgent, urgent, urgent!

Remember the Phantasy Star Online 2 launch fiasco with the Windows store? Of course you do. It was terrible. And it led to a lot of people saying, with varying degrees of exasperation, that the game should just be on Steam because of course it should be. Well guess what? Now the game has a Steam page. No Microsoft stuff, just Steam.

Of course, the page itself doesn’t currently have any options to wishlist the game, much less download it, but the video included on the page mentions August, and Reddit is stating August 5th as the date of the launch based on page code. It definitely makes sense to expand the availability ahead of the game’s far-reaching New Genesis update (and in light of widespread issues with the game’s previous storefront), so while this isn’t confirmation… let’s just say that you should maybe go ahead and earmark August 5th as a potential starting point. That would work all right, yes?

Source: Steam, Reddit
Update
It’s official now: August 5th.

“Get ready, operatives! Phantasy Star Online 2 officially launches on Steam on August 5th, 2020! […] Embark on a never-ending quest when Phantasy Star Online 2 officially arrives on Steam on August 5th, launching with our next major content update, Episode 4! Experience one of Japan’s biggest online action RPGs, completely free-to-play and featuring cross-play and cross-progress with other available platforms. […] We are happy to announce a fantastic collaboration release to celebrate the launch of Phantasy Star Online 2 on Steam. Starting August 5th, ARKS Operatives will be able to get unique items based on Valve’s celebrated franchises! Embody HALF-LIFE 2’s Gordon Freeman or HALF-LIFE: ALYX’s Alyx Vance with special outfits and partner up with Wheatley from Portal 2 with a special Mag Evolution Device! This release will also include cosmetic items from Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead, such as Hairstyles and Weapon Camos!”

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Xan Seis

For what? Region lock is in place. 2020 and this bullshit practice still exists. Greedy jpn companies dont want certain regions to play their games.

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imayb1

That would work all right, yes?

If it is actually functional, that’d be great.

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Palamah

So does this mean that PSO2 is coming to the EU now, or is this still NA exclusive?

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traja

I can’t find any confirmation on this but I am at least able to see the game on Steam from Europe. So I would guess that there is no region lock on but also wouldn’t bet on actual EU based servers.

I did play the Windows Store version since all you had to do was change your region setting. There weren’t any real latency issues with it so it’s probably going to be good enough.

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Palamah

That’s something at least – probably just an oversight though and it’ll be fixed shortly ;-).

I don’t mind playing on global servers as such, but I don’t like transactions not being in local currency. So it’d be good to know if PSO2 will support EUR, GBP, etc. as well as USD – not that I’m planning to buy anything, but knowing that I don’t also have to pay through the nose for crap exchange rates + foreign currency fees is helpful too.

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Sorenthaz

Might hop back into it if it means I can dodge using the messy MS store.

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NeoWolf

Of course, the page itself doesn’t currently have any options to wishlist the game,

I was able to wishlist it just fine.

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EmberStar

I’ll take a look. I’m not going to preorder it though, nor commit to even trying it until I’m certain it’s not in any way tied to Microsoft Store. Any other reasons (or ranting) aside, MS Store tries to shove everything into a default folder on the C: drive. My C: is a small SSD, and having a 50gb game rammed into it would literally eat up every byte of free space and probably hard crash my system in ways I’m not sure could be easily fixed. (I’d definitely need a bootable linux USB drive at a minimum.)

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agemyth 😩

Play it! It is good! Then help stir up trouble to make the monetization less crappy.

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xpsync

Many of us went through that phase of a new mmorpg every other week, not so many years ago, and was for many years.

Being a strict two mmorpg player before all that started and as much as i disliked it, i admit i at the same time loved having something new coming all the time.

Then we (mmorpg players) were simply dropped, no new mmorpg’s, lots of talk, no results, lots of cancellations, then scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to find something new, and finally down to a couple hopeful’s which are still up in the air almost a decade later.

tbh i was totally going to get this (PSO2), i think my radar was still active, and now that i’ve spent some serious time in wow r/c and swg:l i look at this and am like nah, i have a home(s) again.

I mean up to about a month ago i was on board for this and am now past the curse the industry put us under in hunting that new home i suppose.

I all of a sudden saw this news and was like nah, i dunno zero desire for anything other than SWG:L and wow r/c.

I’m not saying i’ll never try anything new, it’s seemingly going to have to be something epic i guess, cause yeah i’m good!

All i know right now is after all these many, many, many years, it’s so f’ing nice to be home again. What a ride :) woot!

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Castagere Shaikura

Will the steam launcher link to the Microsoft store is the question.

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cursedseishi

I’m guessing ‘no’ for the moment. Anything that requires an act from a 3rd party (in this case Microsoft) has to be listed on the store page, whether that be 3rd party accounts, EULAs, or DRM. And I’m not seeing anything at all related to it.

If that changes? Well, we’ll find out in about a week when it launches because such information has to be kept up-to-date.

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Michael Fuchs

They’ve also got some rewards for playing on Steam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_S8ZDajTvg

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agemyth 😩

Anime Gordon and Alyx. Nooooo my eyes. >.<

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Utakata

Hey, my >.< is catching! o.O

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agemyth 😩

I haven’t used >..<

I will assume you are also to blame for the sudden growth of a few pink hairs on my head. BRB getting tweezers.