In an unexpected turn of events, Microsoft confirmed during their E3 2019 press conference that they are bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to the Xbox One.
Phantasy Star Online 2 launched in Japan back in 2012. While it made trips to the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, it has surprisingly not been brought to the West during all those years. However, Xbox’s Phil Spencer states that Microsoft has been working to bring the popular MMO to the West since last year when they first began talking to Sega about bringing the game to the Xbox One and PC.
For those who don’t know, Phantasy Star Online 2 is the sequel to the 2000 original title. It’s a free-to-play game that sees players assume the roles of members of a research expedition responsible for exploring various planets. Given that this is an MMO, those adventures typically involves quests, loot, grinding, stories, and lots of character building.
Based on what we’ve heard so far, the Xbox One and PC version of Phantasy Star Online 2 won’t make any significant changes to the original version of the game. Instead, it’s just an opportunity for those in the West (or at least America), to finally get their hands on what has been one of the most popular games in Japan for quite some time now.
So far as that goes, there’s been no indication that Sega intends to port the game to any other Western devices or that that will bring the game to Europe and other Western regions. The good news is that the Xbox One and PC versions of the game will support cross-play and will be free-to-play just like the original release of the MMO.
At present, Phantasy Star Online 2 is set to release for Xbox One and PC sometime in the spring of 2020.
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