If you're a PC player who has been waiting to get your hands on Phantasy Star Online 2 for the better part of a decade, then perhaps the past few months watching your Xbox-playing compatriots in North America has tested your patience that much more. Next week, the wait on PC will finally end when Phantasy Star Online 2 launches there on May 27.
Here's what you need to know about Phantasy Star Online 2's impending PC release: it'll be free-to-play (just as it is on Xbox One), available for download via the Microsoft store, and it'll have cross-platform play with Xbox players right out the gate.
Sega promises to release more details in the coming week, but for now it seems Phantasy Star Online 2 will only release on PC via the Microsoft Store. Earlier this year, players noticed that a Steam release was mentioned in a version of the manual that's no longer accessible through the official site.
Still, in the long run, a wider PC release doesn't seem completely out of the question. Last year, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that Phantasy Star Online 2 would make its way to all platforms, so it seems this Microsoft-only relationship has a timer on it. In Japan, Phantasy Star Online 2 is also available for PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
While Reviews Editor Mike Williams came away from his time with Phantasy Star Online 2's closed beta wondering if it's time for a proper sequel to the aging title, it seems like new players on Xbox One and PC can expect a decent cadence of updates for a while to come. Right now, the big deal is a crossover event featuring Hatsune Miku. Sadly, it seems the in-game concert schedule is set to end just before PC players get a crack at the game.