One of many largest surprises of E3 2019 was little doubt the announcement that Phantasy Star On-line 2 would lastly be releasing exterior of Japan. Maybe an excellent larger shock was the revelation that it will be debuting in North America completely on the Xbox One and PC. Whereas it wasn’t clear on the time whether or not or not we’d be seeing on Phantasy Star On-line 2 on different platforms, it has since been confirmed that it’ll finally make its option to different programs.
Phil Spencer himself confirmed the information throughout a sit-down interview with Big Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann. Speaking about all the things at Microsoft’s press convention, from Mission Scarlett to Keanu Reeves, Gerstmann additionally touched upon Microsoft’s sudden partnership with Sega.
After Spencer said Sega was “in the end accountable” for the deal, he mentioned the partnership got here out of a need to “do one thing with Sega.” Whereas the launch of Phantasy Star On-line 2 is especially a Microsoft affair, Spencer did verify that “it’ll find yourself on all platforms.” Whereas it’s mentioned as extra of an apart, it’s going to in all probability do loads to reassure followers.
We don’t have any form of timeframe for on when it’s going to develop to different platforms, however not less than followers know that Phantasy Star On-line 2 will probably come to their system of alternative. Contemplating it’s already playable on the PlayStation four and Nintendo Change in Japan (and the Vita, although we’re unlikely to get that out West), it gained’t be too tough to convey the favored on-line RPG to these programs.
As for whether or not gamers will be capable of switch their Japanese accounts to the North American model, Spencer wasn’t positive. “I truthfully don’t know,” he mentioned, which is sensible, as that’ll be Sega’s name in the long run. He additionally had nothing to say on a launch for territories exterior of North America, which can be as much as Sega. Sega had beforehand mentioned it wished to spend money on extra on-line titles within the West.
Nonetheless, Spencer does imagine Phantasy Star On-line can turn out to be a “significant franchise.” He compares it to Monster Hunter, which noticed a surge in recognition following the worldwide launch of Monster Hunter: World.
Phantasy Star On-line 2 will launch in North America in early 2020 for the Xbox One and PC. It should launch on different platforms sooner or later.