Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PS4 in the West after being initially released a literal decade ago.
Phantasy Star Online 2 was first released on PC in Japan a year ago today (July 4), but didn''t see any western release until 2020. And while its first home console release in Japan was for the PS4 in 2016, it did debut worldwide, it was for Xbox One. It will now be released on PS4 this summer, on August 31.
Sega announced the move last week (July 1), which is developing the updated version of the game, Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis, for PS4, and was initially released in 2021, and is now a brand-new game, complete with English subtitles and voice acting.
The two versions of the game are transferable, although levels, exp, currency, and other things are not included.
The original Genesis is set 1000 years after the event, bringing things more like combat and character customization.
The PS4 version will include full crossplay with the Xbox One and PC versions of the game, but will still be free-to-play, making it a breeze for you to pay no extra money or playing with your friends.
While PSO2 was still available for Xbox in the west, it was never an exclusive title to the console, which was only a result of discussion between Phil Spencer and Sega.
The first Phantasy Star was launched on Sega''s own Dreamcast back in 2000, and was inspired by Blizzard''s Diablo. And when the sequel was released in Japan in 2012, it was intended to receive a western release in 2013, which was delayed for the same year.