After almost 8 years, Phantasy Star Online 2 made its way to the Western markets as a free-to-play title on the Xbox One and Windows Store for PC. And it wasn’t the version fans overseas were expecting – it was buggy, slow and crashed a lot. However, the fix might be on the horizon! Sega announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 will get a new update and it will make its way to Steam on August 5th.
While we don’t know if any of the issues that plagued the Windows Store version will be fixed, we’re hopeful. Phantasy Star Online 2 debuts on Steam with a new Episode 4 which adds some new content and hopefully fixes some of the major game bugs. It would be foolish to ignore them, don’t you think? Here’s a trailer.
Phantasy Star Online 2 developers are gearing up towards the release of the more modern title which was recently announced for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC called Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. According to Sega, this new game won’t replace the original title and will serve as a complementary addition to the series. Sega says that players will be able to use their existing characters in both games – one will be free while New Genesis will require additional purchase.
If you’ve never heard about Phantasy Star Online 2 before, you should know that it’s one of Japan’s biggest online action RPGs that can be played for free. However, the game’s popularity comes from a dedicated anime series released in Japan back in 2016. This anime became quite popular here and that’s the main reason fans requested a separate Western release for the game.