After waiting over 8 years, The PSO2 launch has finally come to the west on the Xbox One, with the PC version due next month in May.
Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2) made its surprise announcement at 2019’s E3 Microsoft Media Briefing, where it was announced the long-anticipated Japanese online-RPG would be coming to the west, starting with its launch on the Xbox One and Windows 10.
To celebrate the PSO2 launch, a number of events and bonuses will be available to players during April:
- Every day between April 15-23, ARKS Operatives will receive a special log-in bonus when they report for duty! The Half Scape Doll is able to sacrifice itself to revive players automatically if they become incapacitated on the battlefield – a real boost when fighting the Falspawn.
- ARKS who join an Alliance with at least four members before April 28 will receive a SG20 Ticket (x1). And members of Alliances that have earned at least 5,000 Alliance Points before April 28 will receive the collectable emote #269: Impromptu Tea Party
- Two new Urgent Quests: “The Cunning Black Winged Vanguard” & “The False Champion: Luther the Fallen” begin this week.
- PSO 2 Diva, Quna, returns for live concerts on Saturdays and Sundays
- The Cherry Blossom season is coming to Phantasy Star Online 2 with a new look to the renowned Franca’s Café! Certain ARKS Ship lobbies will also change their appearances periodically.
- PSO 2 is one of the first games to be included in Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks program! All PSO 2 players with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will receive extra special goodies after their first log in, including an Xbox jacket and Xbox Controller accessory for their character to show off in-game. Additional Perks will be made available every month, such as bonus Half Scape Dolls and more.
- The ever-expanding catalog of outfits and accessories to collect and mix-and-match continues to grow with the introduction of the Heroic Wanderer AC Scratch Ticket.
Currently, PSO2 will launch with the first three episodes, which will bring with it 4 races and 9 classes to choose from. Those who have played the Japanese version of PSO2 will notice that this is still a fair bit behind that version.
Hopefully it will only be a matter of time until SEGA decide to trickle out new content, keeping the game fresh while gaining ground on the 8 year old Japanese version.
PSO2 can be downloaded for free from the Xbox Store for those who live in Northern America, for those outside the US and Canada you can follow this guide on how to change your console’s region and download the title yourself.