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Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Finally Coming West on Xbox One and PC

Phantasy Star Online 2 is launching west after years of wait for Xbox One and PC.

By Iyane Agossah

June 9, 2019

Here it is everyone. After years since its initial launch on PC in Japan in 2012, and years after Sega promising to bring the game to the west, Phantasy Star Online 2, is finally coming. The game will be launching in Spring 2020 on PC and Xbox One in North America. Sega announced during the Xbox E3 2019 conference. Players on each platform will be able to play together.

It’s worth noting that this is an exclusive deal for the west with Sega and Microsoft, as Phantasy Star Online 2 is available on PS4 in Japan, and on Switch with a Cloud version. A PS Vita version is available there as well.

A trailer showcasing multiple opening sequences for each of Phantasy Star Online 2‘s Episodes was shown as well. The trailer promises that PSO2 will be launching in the west with all the content and updates currently available on the Japanese version, which is at Episode 6.

It’s worth noting that Phantasy Star Online 2 has a dedicated English community, who already fully fan translated the game and quickly updates to include all the new content added with each update. Most people who wished to try out PSO2 already did by now. It’ll be interesting to see how many players start PSO2 now, and how many who already play will be motivated to play on the western server too.

I’ve personally already played over 1000 hours of the Japanese version of Phantasy Star Online 2 and currently burned out from it. PSO2 is great at times when playing with your friends. However, it can also be a huge hassle because of the many small flaws the game has in my opinion, which are, surprisingly, not because of its free-to-play model. I feel many might get disappointed when they finally actually try out the game. I guess I definitely need to write a proper review now.

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You can catch the announcement trailer below. Phantasy Star Online 2‘s western official site can be reached here.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He plays Genshin Impact for the story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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