Holy crap, Phantasy Star Online 2 is finally coming to the West in spring 2020

At Microsoft's E3 conference today, Sega dropped a huge surprise: Phantasy Star Online 2, which has been locked to Japan and Asia for many, many years, is coming West. The MMORPG is releasing on Xbox and PC in Spring 2020.

Unfortunately details are scarce. What we do know is that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play and it will include all of the updates and content currently available in the East. So, this sounds like the English-language port people have been begging for.

Wes Fenlon
Senior Editor

Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter and Tested before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.

When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).