One of the most successful MMORPGs in the history of the Japanese market, Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2, will reach western players eight years after the initial premiere. The official start of the English version should take place in the spring of 2020, but before that, the developers will conduct two stages of testing – closed and open. Users of Xbox One consoles are invited to attend.
As the press service of Microsoft said today, the closed beta will last only a day, February 7-8, 2020, but it is expected to be very saturated. In order to get a chance to participate, you must register in the Xbox Insider program.
At the moment, it is not known whether the closed beta will be held later on the PC. Console users will be able to preload the client starting February 3.
When the open testing starts, you won’t have to re-download the game files – all you need to do is update it. All progress from the closed beta will be carried over to the next stages.
Microsoft has become Sega’s partner in the English-language release of Phantasy Star Online 2, which was announced at E3 2019, so at the moment the game is announced only for Xbox One and PC. Whether it will be released in the future on other devices (in Japan, the project is presented on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch) is not known.
It is also worth noting that at the moment only the North American launch of the MMO is being prepared, therefore, everyone who is interested will need accounts of the corresponding region to participate in the testing.
Phantasy Star Online fans have been asking Sega for many years to launch Phantasy Star Online 2 in Western markets, where the first PSO, which debuted on Dreamcast, became a cult classic.