The initial Phantasy Star Online 2 Xbox One Beta will begin on Friday, February 7, at 5pm PST and end on Saturday, February 8, at 11:59pm PST.
Phantasy Star Online 2 is a free-to-play, action RPG developed and by Sega that was initially released in Japan in 2012 on PC. Eventually, it made its way to PlayStation 4, Vita, and the Nintendo Switch, but it never made its way out of Japan. However, there were a few tricks that allowed outsiders to play, but there has been a constant demand from Westerners for their own servers and access to the game.
Players outside of Japan will finally get that chance starting with the Closed Beta that begins this afternoon. Those granted access to the Beta by signing up through the Xbox Insider Hub will have the opportunity to complete Urgent Quests and receive special rewards.
Here is the Urgent Request schedule (PST) for February 7:
Cradle of Darkness – 8:00-8:30pm
Giant Automata: The Awakening – 10:00-10:30pm
Cradle of Darkness – 7:00-7:30pm
Giant Automata: The Awakening – 1:00-1:30pm
Cradle of Darkness – 5:00-5:30pm
The Raging Obsidian Arm – 8:30-9:00pm
Elder of the Unfathomable Abyss – 9:00-9:30pm
Participating in these quests will grant special rewards, such as Photon Halo accessories and Triboost consumables.
After yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, your gaming social media feeds are probably full of memes about Mario nipples and jack-diesel King Dedede. But there’s one thing that’s absent from the Western Nintendo Direct: a Phantasy Star Online 2 Switch version, which was announced during the Japanese presentation.
The Switch edition of the MMORPG is called Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud, which appears to reference the use of cloud server technology in order to download the game according to this writer’s extremely rudimentary understanding of the announcement trailer.
Sega has yet to confirm any plans to make the game available outside of Japan – a practice that is likely very familiar to series devotees – as of this story’s writing. It should be noted that the Nintendo Switch is a region-free system and previous versions of PSO2 apparently did not have an IP block. Whether that will hold true for a cloud-streamed edition of the MMO is not immediately clear, however.
Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud will arrive to Japan sometime in 2018. The trailer can be seen below.
We’re with you, PSO fans. It appears that Sega just does not like getting money from people, so it’s not a surprise that series fans have strong reactions to the news. But hey, Western Switch owners are getting a MOBA. So…yay?