Sega says Phantasy Star Online 2 for Xbox One is now available in North America, 7 years after it originally launched in Japan. The free-to-play action RPG is now available on the Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store will also serve as the exclusive home of the PC version when it arrives in May 2020
Sega says PC and Xbox One versions will be cross-play compatible. Beta progress will also be carried over to the full release.
Sega says the game includes fully localised text and character voices spanning three years of content. It also includes “the latest balancing and quality-of-life updates from the Japanese service”.
Originally released for PC in Japan in 2012, Phantasy Star Online 2 has also seen Japanese releases for PlayStation Vita, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Sega has given an outline for current and existing events coming to Phantasy Star Online 2. The outline includes new offerings for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. According to Polygon, they include:
— ARK: Survival Evolved (ARKS) Operatives will receive a special log-in bonus when they report for duty every day between 15th-23rd April 2020. The Half Scape Doll will sacrifice itself to revive players automatically if they become incapacitated on the battlefield.
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— ARKS who form an Alliance with a minimum of four members before 28th April 2020 will get an SG20 Ticket (x1). Members of Alliances that have earned at least 5,000 Alliance Points before 28th April 2020 will receive the collectable emote #269: Impromptu Tea Party!
— Two new Urgent Quests: “The Cunning Black Winged Vanguard” & “The False Champion: Luther the Fallen” begins this week.
— PSO2 Diva, Quna will 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 will be 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 login. This includes an Xbox jacket and Xbox Controller accessory for their character to show off in-game. Additional Perks like bonus Half Scape Dolls and more will also be available each month.
— The ever-expanding catalogue of outfits and accessories to collect and mix-and-match continues to grow with the introduction of the Heroic Wanderer AC Scratch Ticket.
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