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Phantasy Star Online 2 closed beta test coming to Xbox One next month

Phantasy Star Online 2 Will Finally Release in the West

The original game in the PSO franchise was quite fun for the simple sci-fi MMO that it was. The game pushed the Dreamcast to new heights by bringing online multiplayer to the forefront for that console generation. It also helped spawn one of my personal favorite Xbox 360 title, Phantasy Star Universe. And now, the Xbox One gamers outside Japan will get a taste of the latest game in the legendary franchise. The upcoming Phantasy Star Online 2 closed beta has finally been detailed.

The beta will begin for Xbox One and Windows 10 next month. The festivities will begin on Friday, Feb. 7th, starting at 5PM PDT. The tests will be broken up into chunks with different testing periods for various quests within the game. Sega is doing this to keep the story and overall feel under wraps while they test things on the backend. The tests will run through a handful of different quests, before concluding on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11:59PM PDT.

There’s also a set schedule for the test themselves. The details have been revealed as per a post on the Xbox Wire:

Urgent Quests

February 7th Quests

  • 8 to 8:30 p.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness

  • 10 to 10:30 p.m. PST – Giant Automata: The Awakening

February 8th Quests

  • 7 to 7:30 a.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness

  • 1 to 1:30 p.m. PST – Giant Automata: The Awakening

  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness

  • 8:30 to 9 p.m. PST – The Raging Obsidian Arm

  • 9 to 9:30 p.m. PST – Elder of the Unfathomable Abyss

Immediate Rewards

Players will receive these rewards immediately after logging in during the Closed Beta Test.

  • First Login – Photon Halo B (Accessory) and Beauty Salon Free Pass (Consumable)

  • Daily Rewards – EXP Boost +50% (x3), Rare Drop Boost +50% (x3), Meseta Boost +50% (x3) (Consumables)

Special Rewards

Players will receive these rewards when the game officially launches (release date TBA).

  • Complete 1 Urgent Quest – Photon Halo C (Accessory), Triboost +100% (Consumable)

  • Complete 2 Urgent Quests – Photon Halo A (Accessory), Triboost +100% (Consumable)

  • Complete 3 Urgent Quests – Mag Dreamcast (Evolution Device), Triboost +100% (Consumable)

  • Complete 4 Urgent Quests – Coated Edge (Weapon Camo), Triboost +100% (x10) (Consumable)


  • February 8th – 8 to 8:15 p.m. PST – Performing the songs “Our Fighting” and “Eternal Encore”

  • Buffs Received – Rare Drop Rate Increase, Meseta Drop Rate Increase, and Experience Points Rate Increase

There’s even a special event taking place during the beta as well. There will be a special concert event taking place during the beta, featuring Quna, Oracle’s favorite music idol. The event will be occurring on Feb. 8th from 8 to 8:15PM PDT, including the songs “Our Fighting” and “Eternal Encore.”

Here’s how to access the upcoming closed beta for Phantasy Star Online 2. You’ll need to set up the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One console or PC. The Phantasy Star Online 2 closed beta will be starting on Feb. 13th.  The Insider Content in the “Games” tab of the Xbox One will display the game at the beginning of this date. Refer to the schedule above to see the full schedule.

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