Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Live Now on Xbox One

Considered one of the greatest MMORPG to ever grace Japan, Phantasy Star Online 2 has finally made it to North America. Today, Xbox One players can download the Free-to-Play SEGA game, via the Microsoft Store. ARKS on PC will have to wait a bit longer, as PSO2 will go live on PC in Late May.

The arrival of Phantasy Star Online 2 on Xbox One has been almost a year in the making. First announced at E3 2019 as an Xbox exclusive MMORPG, SEGA has since worked on localizing text and character voices for North American audiences. Then, to start the year, SEGA and Xbox held a couple of beta sessions to great success.

Now, the fruits of their labor have paid off. Today, North American gamers can experience fully localized text and character voices in English, spanning three years of content. In addition to the immersive original PSO2 story, the NA version also features the most-up-to-date balancing and quality-of-life improvements from the Japanese service. Players will be able to choose from four races and nine classes while tackling various missions and collecting Xbox One Achievements. They can also take a break from questing by playing one of the many Casino mini-games, chilling in the Alliance Quarters, or attending all-new live stage events. Plus, all progress from the betas will be carried over.

To commemorate the release, North American players will have access to the following surprises:

  • Every day between April 15th-23rd, 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 28th will receive a SG20 Ticket (x1). And members of Alliances that have earned at least 5,000 Alliance Points before April 28th 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.
  • PSO2 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.
  • PSO2 is one of the first games to be included in Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks program! All PSO2 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.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is available now on Xbox One.

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RPG Gamer by Day, FPS Gamer by Night. Matt has been covering games for nearly a decade. The quickest way to his heart is discussing anything The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Naughty Dog, Bungie, just any game really. Also into movies, TV, travel, and anime.