Had some trouble with the Microsoft Store downloading Phantasy Star Online 2? The official North American launch wasn’t exactly smooth, so if you had any troubles downloading or even launching it then you’re in luck! Because the infamous Japanese MMO is finally coming to Steam next week, officially launching on August 5th.
Phantasy Star Online 2 is pretty bloody weird, right? A sci-fi romp that has your anime heroes fighting everything from goblins to WW2 battleships by way of Evangelion’s screaming hell-prism. Now, with a Steam launch due next month, you’ll soon be able to traipse through PSO2 as some kind of Valve chimaera – piloting a far-future mech in Gordon Freeman’s hazard suit as a tiny Stephen Merchant hovers menacingly by your side. Just another day on the job, eh?
Despite kicking around for the better part of a decade, Phantasy Star Online 2 has only made proper headway in the West this year with a North American release back in April. While that release was muted by being a Windows Store exclusive, it came with the promise that PSO2 would eventually come to “more PC platforms”.
“It is our goal to bring Phantasy Star Online 2 to as many players as we can,” said Fred White, PSO2 TEAM North America’s Head of Marketing. “We have heard the requests for a Steam launch, and we are excited to announce that soon Steam users in  countries on six continents will be able to experience PSO2 on their platform of choice, including popular features like Steam Achievements and Remote Play. The Steam Store page for PSO2 opens today. Additionally, all players on PC and Xbox One will be able to start Episode 4 on the same day — August 5th!”
The Phantasy Star Online 2 story continues in Episode 4 as players wake from a long sleep to find that there has been an internal invasion of fake ARKS members, mysterious enemies called Phantasms appear, and a new planet has been discovered in another dimension Earth. ARKS will be able to unlock a new level cap and travel to new locations like Tokyo and Las Vegas in the pursuit of solving the mystery of the mysterious black shadow and purge the planet of the most powerful enemies encountered yet, including the mysterious organization called Mother Corps.
This package is only purchasable in specified countries:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United States
From the looks of things, it also looks like Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will be heading to Steam. Announced during Xbox’s NotE3 show, New Genesis is definitely a standalone new game that completely overhauls PSO2’s visuals and mechanics with a lush new open-world map.
Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play when it launches on Steam on August 5th.