E3 2019: It's Finally Happening -- Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming West, On Xbox One

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor June 9, 2019
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The day long anticipated has finally arrived -- almost. After announcements (in 2012!), delays, cancellations, guarantees, trolling, and more than a little ribbing of Magicman and his love for the game, it's now official (again): Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to the West.

At today's Xbox presentation at E3, fans -- or is that phans? -- were treated to a trailer that touted "Japan's greatest online RPG," which will arrive with "online action combat with cross-play" (between Xbox and PC), "all the content," "all the bosses and epic battles," and will be "all free to play." I haven't even been looking forward to this game for most of this decade, and that trailer even pumped me up.

(Speaking of people who have been looking forward to it, though: I texted Magicman as soon as the trailer was revealed, about half an hour ago, and he hasn't responded. Frankly, I'm worried that he's fainted. Could someone in the Byrne household please check up on him?)

We're hearing that the game will be launching sometime in 2020, and this time, we believe Sega. Well, mostly. They couldn't pull the rug out from under us again, could they?

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About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (13)

Cloak 2 years ago
It's a just a prank, just another 8 more years till we here any kind of news abou this game.

Corey Cananza 2 years ago
Looking forward to it

rickshaw 2 years ago
I play it today, And its not too late even though it is way late, it is a really nice game.

Rea 2 years ago
Late? Yeah but not too late, in fact with the MMO market basically stagnated with games who got shut down in less than a year, an old but relevant and popular game receiving attention it always a good news for me.

Arkanpher 2 years ago
Heard they've changed director, so maybe that's why western release is in mind again. Still changes nothing those who care for PSO2 play in JP server (it doesn't require vPN, doesn't lag that much to be noticed...except when servers was DDoS-ed).

XBO...really...Really? OMG x_x
When the game in Japan has PS4/PSVita/Switch/PC cross-play blocks (under various block variations), it comes to the West with XBO cross-play option instead of those mentioned above (shoot me). IMO, XBO has always been WORST console and will always stay the WORST of all consoles in current generation (check DOOM comparison between PS4/XBO/Switch/PC and you'll see that practically portable Switch has almost same quality as XBO - 10% worse poly-count on Switch, but once again Switch's main feature that you can take it anywhere and play, won't see that difference from xbox unless played on TV). Yeah PSO2 doesn't have same detail level as DOOM, but still..

Anyways...having all classes max level and all top tier weapon from 5th episode and 2 from 6th, I'm not even interested in starting from scratch...for the 3rd time.

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Magicman 2 years ago
I am still in shock over this. Soooooo late though, but console is smart given that the original PSO in the west was driven by Dreamcast then Gamecube. I cannot wait to actually be able to FULLY understand all the game has to offer....Although I still keep waiting for the article to update with PARODY on it somewhere.

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Comment 2 years ago
Like what, nearly 10 years late?

Aurochs 2 years ago
boooo...

Ghestly 2 years ago
When i saw that announcement first thing that came in to my mind was - Magicman. Good for him :)


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