After releasing on the Microsoft Store, PSO2 comes to Steam this month.
It’s been almost eight years since the original launch of Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2, and only recently has it finally come to the West. Initially, this Western release was exclusive to the Microsoft Store. However, as of this week, PC gamers will have a new option to jump into the action when PSO2 comes to Steam.
Set for release on 5th August, Phantasy Star Online 2 is a free-to-play online action role-playing game. You’ll explore various locations in a team of four as you battle bosses and complete objectives.
The game’s launch on the largest digital distribution platform on Windows, Steam, will be a massive boon to the player base. As these new Steam players will be mingling and adventuring alongside the existing Microsoft Store player base.
For those looking to play on Steam, Sega has sweetened the deal with a set of exclusive cosmetic items. These cosmetics borrow heavily from Valve’s Half-Life series, a list of which are below:
Half-Life Collaboration Item
Log-in to PSO2 on Steam to retrieve the following rewards from the Visiphone:
- 720: Headcrab Emote from Half-Life
- 5x EXP Earned +50%
- 5x Rare Drop Rate +50%
- 5x Mesta Earned +50%
- 5x Half Scape Dolls
- 1x Unit “Back/Fresh Aura”
Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life: Alyx Pack
Log-in to PSO2 on Steam and complete any quest on Normal difficulty or higher.
- 2x Pyro’s Gas Mask (Hairstyle) from Team Fortress
- 2x Alyx Hair (Hairstyle) from Half-Life: Alyx
Portal 2 and Weapon Camos Pack
Log-in to PSO2 on Steam and complete any two quests on Hard/Hardcore difficulty or higher.
- Evolution Device: Wheatley from Portal 2
- Team Fortress 2 Minigun (Weapon Camo) from Team Fortress 2
- Left4Dead Frying Pan (Weapon Camo) from Left4Dead
- Crowbar (Weapon Camo) from Half-Life
Half-Life 2 Collaboration Item
Log-in to PSO2 on Steam and complete any three quests on Very Hard difficulty or higher.
- HEV Suit (Outfit: Male) from Half-Life 2
Half-Life: Alyx Collaboration Item
Log-in to PSO2 on Steam and complete any four quests on Super Hard difficulty or higher.
- Alyx Replica (Outfit: Female) from Half-Life Alyx
To collect these items you must complete all missions on the Steam version of Phantasy Star Online 2. You can collect all PSO2 x Steam items by simply completing four missions on Super Hard difficulty. You will not need to unlock each tier of items individually.
It’s not been confirmed whether all of these items will carry across to the recently announced Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. Although Sega has implied that they do plan on allowing players to carry across cosmetic items after the new title’s release.