After many years of waiting, English speaking fans of Sega’s Phantasy Star franchise will finally be able to play the sequel to PSO.
Phantasy Star Online 2 is now available to download exclusively on Xbox One. This version of the popular MMORPG was one of the many surprise reveals at last year’s Xbox press conference during E3.
Sega have also confirmed that a PC version will be launching later this year. It will arrive exclusively on the Microsoft store this May with cross-platform play enabled between PC and Xbox One.
Phantasy Star Online 2 is free to play though you’ll need an active Xbox Live subscription in order to log in. Naturally, players can expect a number of ways to spend money in-game through microtransactions.
Like many MMOs it offers a selection of playable races and character classes with fast paced, real-time combat.
Sporting 4K Ultra HD, and Xbox Live achievements, the game has also been enhanced for Xbox One X. Expect the Sega MMO to eat up close to 70GB on your console’s hard drive.
PSO2’s arrival on Xbox comes at a very strange time. The game debuted almost a decade ago on PC in 2012 in Japan before making the leap to the PlayStation Vita, then the PlayStation 4, and finally the Nintendo Switch.
It seemed as though the game would never make its way west though that hasn’t stopped it from garnering a small yet dedicated international fanbase. Still, given how dated PSO2 is now in 2020, it will be interesting to see what the uptake is like on Xbox One.
The original Phantasy Star Online was the first ever console MMORPG, launching on the Sega Dreamcast way back in the year 2000. It would later come to Windows, GameCube, and PlayStation 2, receiving numerous expansions over the years.
You can find Phantasy Star Online 2 via the official Xbox store page.
Source: Press Release