Phantasy Star Online 2 comes to PC on May 27

"Holy crap," we said last June. "Phantasy Star Online 2 is finally coming to the West in spring 2020." We avoid using exclamation points in headlines, but I'm pretty sure if that weren't a rule, Wes would've used more than two. PSO2 has been out in Japan since 2012, but until that E3 announcement, we had no idea that a North American release was on the way.

Now it's here: The North American Xbox One release took place on April 14, and Sega announced today that the PC version will finally come our way on May 27.

"We're thrilled to announce the long-awaited arrival on PC," Phantasy Star Online 2 North American head of marketing Fred White said. "There's a loud and passionate PC fanbase who has been patiently waiting for the North American version—we can't wait to welcome them in. There will be login bonuses waiting for them with more surprises planned in the coming months."

The North American release will feature fully localized text and English voice acting, as well as all balance and quality-of-life updates that have been released so far in Japan. The PC release will also support full cross-platform play with the Xbox One version, and Sega promised "more fun and surprises" coming over the rest of 2020.

If you're not in North America, no European release has been announced, but the game isn't region locked at last check.

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.