Once upon a time Phantasy Star Online was synonymous with the Xbox platform.

Back when it wasn’t so easy to get online on every console, Xbox Live was there to shoulder the weight: so long as you were willing to pay for both Xbox Live and for Sega’s “Hunter’s Pass” to play PSO on the original Xbox. I did. So did countless others.

And for seven long years we’ve been waiting for Sega to announce a localization of Phantasy Star Online 2, which happened today thanks to Microsoft. This totally would have been a Sony thing to do during their conference given that PSO 2 has been out on Vita since 2013 and PS4 since 2016. But Sony isn’t at E3 this year.

Instead, the madmen at MS pulled it off. Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to PC and Xbox One in 2020. Mic drop.

Microsoft stole Sony's thunder with that shocking Phantasy Star Online 2 localization announcement screenshot

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Microsoft stole Sony’s thunder with that shocking Phantasy Star Online 2 localization announcement