Phantasy Star Online 2 has been such a long time coming outside of Japan, but this is it. This is the year. We’re getting the tantalizing online RPG in spring 2020 on Xbox One, and before then, there’s a beta to play. If you haven’t registered yet, now’s the time the closed beta starts February 7 at 5:00pm Pacific.

That start time is important because your window of opportunity won’t last long at all. In North America, the Phantasy Star Online 2 closed beta only runs until February 8 at 11:59pm Pacific.

That said, players will be able to pre-load as early as February 3 and, better yet, you can “update the existing client for the upcoming Open Beta Test and Launch without having to redownload the game.”

Another big point worth mentioning: player progress will carry forward. That’s the plan, anyway.

Sega is running in-game events (and offering rewards) throughout the PSO2 beta. The more Urgent Quests you manage to complete, the better stuff you’ll get, and one of the items is a Dreamcast.

Mag Dreamcast

February 7 Urgent Quests

  • 8 to 8:30 p.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness
  • 10 to 10:30 p.m. PST – Giant Automata: The Awakening

February 8 Urgent 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

Login Rewards

  • 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

  • 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)

Live concert

  • February 8 – 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

It’s going to be a long (but hopefully fulfilling) day for hardcore PSO fans.

My last experience with this series was a decade-and-a-half ago with Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II on Nintendo GameCube, a game I never fully understood but still loved at the time. I’m curious to see how much I’ll like Phantasy Star Online 2, but based on the schedule, this first beta will be a no-go.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is also coming to Windows 10. It’s launching as a free-to-play game.

Phantasy Star Online 2: Closed Beta Test Starts February 7th [Xbox]

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