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Phantasy Star Online 2 Live on Xbox One, Launches on PC in May Exclusively on Microsoft Store

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Poorna Shankar Updated: Posted:
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It’s official. Phantasy Star Online 2 is officially live on Xbox One, while the PC version is set to launch in May exclusively on the Microsoft Store.

Details come via press release where it was announced that cross-play between PC and Xbox One will be a feature. Fred White, PSO2 TEAM North America's Head of Marketing, provided the following statement,

“Phantasy Star Online 2 changed the history of Online Action RPG's; the sci-fi story, characters, and gameplay has resonated with gamers worldwide and now we're excited to bring North American players this special game -- for free. Our player community is the heart and soul of the game and we couldn't have done it without their ongoing support and passion. Now that it is officially launched on Xbox One, we look forward to kicking off a fun-filled future of events, collaborations and expansions in the years to come!"

This NA launch includes fully localized text and character voices in English, spanning three years of content. Additionally, 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. Perhaps most of interest to some, all progress from the betas will be carried over.

Several additional details were also revealed. Every day between April 15th-23rd, you’ll receive a special log-in bonus. Joining 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 called "The Cunning Black Winged Vanguard" and "The False Champion: Luther the Fallen" begin this week. Fan favorite character Quna returns for live concerts on Saturdays and Sundays.

Additionally, The Cherry Blossom season is coming to Phantasy Star Online 2 with a new look to the renowned Franca's Café. As such, some ship lobbies will also change their appearances periodically.

If you’re an Xbox Game Pass member, good news here. 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.


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Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.