Phantasy Star Online 2 Won't Be Region Locked

There are "no plans" to lock PSO2 to any specific regions "at this moment."

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Phantasy Star Online 2, the popular online action-RPG, will not be locked to any specific regions when it launches later this year on Xbox One, according to the North American PSO2 Twitter account.

A fan asked whether the upcoming online-ARPG will be region-locked. The NA PSO2 Twitter account responded that there are currently "no plans" to seclude players to any regions and that region-locking is not on the table for PSO2 "at this moment." Things could change later on down the road, however.

PSO2 is holding a closed beta next week, with sign-ups available now and pre-loading starting on Monday, February 3. The closed beta, exclusive to Xbox One, starts on Friday, February 7 and ends the following Saturday. Playing the closed beta lets you earn in-game rewards, and all progress will carry over to the open beta and official game launch. You can download PSO2's closed beta from the Xbox Insiders Hub app.

While Phantasy Star Online 2 was announced for Xbox One during Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that the game isn't exclusive to the brand.

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No Xone game is region locked. Not sure why people asked that, since it would be a first.

Unless they meant PC, but I'm not sure how that would work.

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I don't understand why they are making PC players wait, PC is where most MMO players are, and this is not a "system seller" game. People are not going to run and buy an Xbox One to be able to play Phantasy Star Online.

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If this game is digital only,it will be only available on the US xbox store.
I doubt i will find it in the german xbox store so the news that its not region-locked will not help me much since i will not be able to download it anyways :-(
*sad robot*

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@sladakrobot: you can freely change your Xone store region. I used to do it all the time. Has that changed recently?

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But it is console locked to the most JRPG averse platform. Yeah, this is going to work out well.

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@Barighm: Temporarily, we have no idea the time frame outside of the beta being Xbox exclusive. It's also an ARPG and not a JRPG.

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@Xylymphydyte: I don't see why they would be releasing it for any other consoles now. MS must have offered Sega a nice amount of cash to make it worth their while, although their intention behind it is not clear to me. But Sega has made it clear over the past decade or so that the game has been out now that they have zero interest in releasing it in the west. And they've already ported the game to PS4 and even PS Vita in Japan years ago. And that was left to do is to do a crappy translation for the English markets but even that didn't seem worth bothering with for Sega.

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@Atzenkiller: Well, it is true Sega said that it wasn't necessarily exclusive to Xbox, but Sega is also historically inept at marketing, so you've got a point.

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@Atzenkiller: It was likely not Sega's doing that prevented it coming to other regions.

http://www.tssznews.com/2015/12/31/source-sega-japan-business-agreement-preventing-pso2-western-release/

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@Xylymphydyte: That site only mentions Steam, unless I overlooked something else. They've already ported the game to both PS4 and PS Vita, where I imagine the game might have gotten more attention as well.

And let's not forget that this game is f2p. They don't need Steam for anything. Just have people download the client from their website, which is probably what they've been doing for Japan as well.

Also your source is a complete joke because all it mentions is that "their source" claims that Sega has an agreement with a Chinese company. Whose name of course they don't mention, nor do they give any reason for why Sega would ever enter such an agreement. As that Chinese company never seemed to have any interest in releasing the game in the west on Steam either. Did that site just make that story up, or did they fall for some random rumor their informant dug up?

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@Xylymphydyte: Oh, good. I didn't read the article to the end. My bad.

But it is a JRPG. And an ARPG.

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@Barighm: It's actually an MMO which all of those have done fine on Xbox platforms. Phantasy Star Universe lasted 6 years, Final Fantasy XI lasted for 12, Monster Hunter Frontier a Japanese exclusive Monster Hunter MMO lasted about 9 years. Defiance is still alive on the 360, no idea how many still play it. That's just the 360 stuff, I can't recall right now if any Xbox One MMOs have shut down and there's a lot. Onigiri, BDO, ESO, Neverwinter, Tera, Bless, Star Trek, DCU, Warframe, Sky Forged, Defiance and APB. (I don't count Marvel Heroes, that didn't shut down for performance reasons and it shut down for everything anyway. I also don't count the Chinese servers of games, probably never broke 100 active players at any given time.)

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@mcnichoj: It's a coop online rpg. It is nothing like an actual mmo. And unlike last gen where the X360 was at the top, the Xbone's install base is way smaller than the PS4's and most folks who are interested in more niche Japanese games probably on a PS4, since there's pretty much zero such title available on Xbone. In big part because the Xbox has always been a huge flop over in Japan. Nobody's buying it over there, so why bother releasing games for it if it's not some big title that will sell many millions of units internationally? That's why this was a very weird choice. And clearly MS must have payed them a nice amount of money because Sega has absolutely no intention whatsoever of ever releasing it in the west. I can think of plenty of other games they could have payed some money for to bring them to the Xbone as well. Games that a lot of people would have appreciated more than this one.

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@Atzenkiller: Argue semantics but this attracts MMO players. It's free to play and has that endless grind appeal.

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@mcnichoj: Destiny has tons of mmo mechanics. Lots of games have all those addictive grinding mechanics nowadays, but it's not what really makes an mmo game. If you'd ever played one you'd know that. Maybe try FF14, which is actually a Japanese mmo as well.

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@Atzenkiller: You mean the 360 was "at the top of its game" right? Not the best selling? Because it wasn't.

And I'm not sure why MS would pay Sega to bring the game onto their service. Sega has no leverage whatsoever, and none of the PS series has sold well enough to demand any.

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@mcnichoj: An MMO JRPG, yes. You guys know what a JRPG is, right?

And Phantasy Star Universe actually only lasted for 3 years in NA with much of its population buoyed by PC servers. The majority of the other MMOs you name aren't JRPGs, were Japanese specific, or an FF title (which is why we always say "anything outside an FF or Zelda").

Am I being trolled or something? This sounds like bait.

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@Barighm:
All of my friends who played PSO I+I Online on the Xbox,after the server closure,jumped on PSU and was like "WTF?"
Where are the great attack/combo mechanics,rare drops,bosses with attack patterns you could learn?
Introducing of ammo for guns??? Ranger characters all weak,Forces overpowered etc etc. You could "forge" gear,weps and stuff but you needed to grind needed items and there was also an success ratio which made you lose all the stuff you collected for weeks if the forging failed!
Only 2 good things i remember was you got your own room which you could upgrade or add monster trophies and the possibilty to actually check any random player on the field or town which stuff they have equiped.
I didnt liked to play together with cheaters in PSO I+II so that a plus for me.

We all left after 2 months. PSU was a massive dissapointment

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@Barighm: We see many games now that last a single year, so three is still pretty good. Onigiri is Japanese specific. BDO/Bless/Tera are made by Koreans, same thing as Japanese as far as games design/mechanic/aesthetics are concerned.

FF MMOs are irrelevant to being related to FF. Most mainline FF fans don't bother with the MMOs and most MMO players don't care about mainline games their MMO are associated with. The amount of dedicated WoW players that have actually played the RTS games is probably abysmally low. Same thing with FF11/14 I imagine most of those players haven't really/fully played an FF game. Once you get to ESO it might be a little closer like maybe 60% of them haven't really played any of the ES games.

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@mcnichoj: Dude, do you...check any of your facts before you post? Like at all?

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@Barighm: Dude can you... Write more vague and minimalistic responses that prove you have no argument?

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