Phantasy Star Online 2 Landing on PC Next Week with Hatsune Miku

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The good news: popular Sega MMO Phantasy Star Online 2 is headed for PC in North America next week, on May 27. The bad news: it’s arriving on the oft-maligned Windows 10 Microsoft Store. But hey, at least we’re getting a Hatsune Miku event.

Phantasy Star Online 2 launched back in 2012 in Japan on PC and later on consoles, and finally began arriving in North America beginning in April of this year on Xbox One. The North American version of Phantasy Star Online 2 features years worth of balancing, updates, and patches.

In the free-to-play action-MMO, players can choose from four races and nine classes to go on missions, enjoy Casino mini-games, and socialize in the Alliance Quarters. The PC version will be fully compatible with the Xbox version, allowing players from both platforms to play together.

Digital pop star Hatsune Miku will arrive in the world of Phantasy Star Online 2 in the form of special items. Players can use Arks Cash Scratch Tickets to get themed clothing and accessories from Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka and Kagamine Rin & Len. The event is available now on Xbox One.

“We’re thrilled to announce the long-awaited arrival on PC,” said Fred White, PSO2 Head of Marketing. “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.”

Phantasy Star Online 2 is available on Xbox One, and coming to PC (Microsoft Store) May 27. It’s rated T for Teen.

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World of Warcraft Classic Out this Fall, Closed Beta Running Now

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In a stirring example of “ask and you shall receive,” Blizzard Entertainment is launching World of Warcraft Classic on August 27 worldwide. It’s out a day earlier in the US, August 26, at 3 pm Pacific/6 pm Eastern.

The launch will be preceded by a “small-scale, focused closed beta test” to help stress test the servers. Active WoW subscribers can opt into the closed beta via Blizzard account management. The closed beta will run from May 15 through July. Players will have a greater chance to join during the three stress test periods that run throughout the summer.

  • Stress Test 1: Wed May 22–Thurs May 23
  • Stress Test 2: Wed Jun 19– Thurs Jun 20
  • Stress Test 3: Thurs Jul 18– Fri July 19

Opting into the closed beta does not guarantee a spot. Participants will be chosen based on different factors, including how long they’ve subscribed to World of Warcraft, with Blizzard seeking “the right mix of players.”

WoW Classic is a uniquely retro version of the behemoth MMO that brings the gameplay, world, and progression back to the year 2006, just before the launch of the Burning Crusade expansion. Also referred to as Vanilla WoW, fan-created emulated servers of the classic MMO had been previously shut down by Blizzard. After claiming that it was impossible to do, Blizzard has now reversed course due to fan demand.

Wow Classic servers will use the 1.12 patch, and gradually roll out new content and features similarly to the original schedule over a decade ago. This includes the gradual roll out of the PvP and Battlegrounds systems.

Active subscribers will be able to claim their character name in WoW Classic beginning on August 13, when character creation becomes available. WoW Classic will be freely included in regular World of Warcraft subscriptions, which remains $15/month.

Wow Classic will launch on August 26 on PC (Blizzard Launcher). It’s rated T for Teen.