Japan’s beloved online RPG has been one of the most requested games for Sega to bring to North America and Europe. Alas, seven years since its July 2012 release and nothing, hopes for a westward release dwindled as time went on. Today, that impossible wish finally came true. During today’s Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, Sega and Microsoft announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 will finally make the jump overseas.

The free-to-play game will come to Xbox One for the first time and PC when it launches next spring. However, it is currently unknown if the Nintendo Switch version of Phantasy Star Online 2 will also be coming. The reveal trailer does hint at cross-play, so we’ll certainly be keeping our fingers crossed!

UPDATE: Sega commented on the announcement on social media, specifying only an Xbox One and PC release in North America for the time being:

 is finally making its western debut in North America on Xbox One in Spring 2020. Regarding an EMEA release, there’s nothing to confirm right now. We understand it’s frustrating, but when we have more news to share, we will. Stay tuned to https://pso2.com  for updates.

We’d like to thank all fans for your ongoing support and patience. This is a big step for a much loved franchise and we promise to keep you up to date with any developments and progress in making the game accessible to as many players as possible.

Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.

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