The western release of Phantasy Star Online 2 has risen from the dead at the Xbox E3 2019 presentation. In this guide to the western release of the smash hit game, we'll be going over the Phantasy Star Online 2 release date, all the gameplay we've seen for the port, the Phantasy Star Online 2 platforms, and more.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Release Date
The Phantasy Star Online 2 release date is Spring 2020. However, this is strictly the release window for the North American version of the game. As you can see in the announcement from Sega below, there currently aren't any plans to bring the game to Europe.
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Platforms
As for the platforms that Phantasy Star Online 2 will launch on, the game will be arriving on the PC and Xbox One in North America. The announcement for the western port was revealed at the Xbox E3 2019 presentation on June 9, so it's only natural that Microsoft highlighted the game for their two plaforms.
As things stand right now, no PS4 or Nintendo Switch versions of Phantasy Star Online 2 for North America have been announced. We should note that there is currently a Nintendo Switch version of Phantasy Star Online 2, but it only operates via the cloud through streaming, and is only available in Japan. We'll update this section with any further details from Sega.
What is Phantasy Star Online 2?
If you're wondering what the big deal is with Phantasy Star Online 2, then you're not alone. The Japanese game released on the PC in 2012, in Japan only. That same year, a western port of the game was announced, but only six years later do we finally have any new information on the port of Phantasy Star Online 2.
Simply put, Phantasy Star Online 2 is an action MMO. You select one of seven worldwide servers to play on, much like Final Fantasy 14, and create your own hero character. Then, you embark on missions to slay deadly and dangerous monsters with other players in one team, combining your efforts in class roles to emerge victorious.
If you've played Monster Hunter World, think of it as a more straightforward, action-packed version of Capcom's most recent online game.
If you've watched the western announcement trailer for Phantasy Star Online 2, that premiered at the Xbox E3 2019 conference, you'll notice that Sega claimed it to be "Japan's most popular RPG." We've tried to get a lifetime player count on the game, and while we haven't been able to uncover any solid figures, there's no doubting Phantasy Star Online 2 as an incredibly popular game over the last 7 years.
For all the news and a full timetable, check out our E3 2019 schedule. If you're after information on the individual presentations, there's our guide pages to the Nintendo E3 2019 show, the Microsoft E3 2019 show, the Square Enix E3 2019 show, the Bethesda E3 2019 show, and the Ubisoft E3 2019 show.