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By Capcom Official Site | Steam | PS4 | XB1 Release date: January 24, 2017 ABOUT IMAGES VIDEOS PS4 demo out now. Download that asap and post impressions! POST RELEASE
Its been requested that I create a new, more up to date thread. As per the title, Phantasy Star Online 2 is being released as a F2P title in the West for the first time (almost a decade after its original release). So far there's only plans for a US release on Windows 10 and XBox One. This weekend SEGA/Microsoft are running a closed beta via the XBox Insider program for XBox One, with the final release scheduled for Spring 2020. Thankfully the fact it's US only won't stop people from being able to sign up and SEGA have said themselves that they game won't be location locked (they used to ban non-Japanese accounts). I don't know if sign ups are still open, but you can try by following these instructions from @Siri Once you've done that and if the process still allows you to apply youll be able to download the client right away though the server's don't go live till 5PM PST on the 7th February (which I think is 1am on the 8th here). Sega have a bunch of events planned for this weekend that players can take part in: And there'll be exclusive items to unlock: Again, PSO2 will be free to play and whilst there's no indication of how the business model will be handed in the West (which is also why people think there hasn't been an announcement for outside of America yet due to different countries having different regulations on lootboxes etc now) I did watch the following video the other day which suggests that in Japan at least pretty much everything is purchasable by just playing the game and using Meseta, though you also have the option to buy stuff using your debit/credit card if you don't want to grind it out: I did check the launcher once I'd downloaded it and there are seven ships/servers available with your character and friends list being tied to that ship. A few more things. Phil Spencer has said the game isn't a Microsoft exclusive in the West It's actually available on multiple platforms in Japan (yes including a Switch version of some sort) and people on Resetera have discovered the games manual mentions a Steam version I'll add more as I come across it, but I'm very excited to give this a go. I did have a try years back when the fan translation was in its early days but struggled with the amount of stuff I couldn't read not to mention I didn't have a PC capable of running it at the time.