I've been waiting for this moment for years. Roughly eight years to be exact.
That's how long I've been covering Phantasy Star Online 2, when it was first released in Japan on PC. Over time Sega rolled out the launch to the PlayStation Vita (and took it back), the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, but not in the west. I even tracked that PS4 edition down in Japan at TGS to play it. As someone who was absolutely mesmerized by the American launch of Phantasy Star Online on the Dreamcast in 2001, I pretty much willed the westward release of the sequel into existence with my constant insistence: I'll take most of the credit.
That moment I've been waiting all this time for: the official launch of Phantasy Star Online 2 in the west. That day is today my friends, as the game is rolling out now on Xbox One following the extended open beta period. But that's not all: Sega also dropped another bit of info on us.
As we learned last year, those errant "PC" notations for the game's advertising back in 2019 weren't misnomers. Sega confirmed today that PSO2 will also arrive on PC in "late May, exclusively on the Microsoft Store." Yes folks, cross-play is fully confirmed for that launch: not a further-out update. All of the ducks are in a row for this one, but that exclusivity won't last forever.