Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta Opens This Weekend on Xbox One

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Eager MMORPG fans outside of Japan will want to clear their schedule this weekend. The Phantasy Star Online 2 closed beta will begin today, at 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern on Xbox One. This will be the first time to game will be playable in English.

The closed beta test will only run for the weekend, and only on Xbox One, ending Saturday, Feb 8, at midnight pacific time. The sequel originally released in Japan way back in 2012 on PC, and has since been ported to PS Vita, PlayStation 4, and Switch, but has yet to make it to the west, until now.

“We are thrilled to kick off the first live testing of the game this weekend,” said Fred White, Head of Marketing, Sega Games. “The teams have been working hard getting ready and while there is still work to be done before launch, we are anxious to get some early player response as well as test out the new servers.”

“Many multiplayer constructs came from the original Phantasy Star Online,” said Phil Spencer, Executive VP of Gaming at Microsoft. “Glad to see the sequel landing on Xbox One and PC!”

Beta testers will be able to earn special rewards, including just for logging in, as well as daily consumables rewards, and rewards upon completing 12-person boss battles called Urgent Quests. Find the full breakdown of events and rewards for the closed beta test here.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is due out as a free-to-play MMORPG on Xbox One and Windows PC in early 2020.

Go Back in Time with World of Warcraft Classic

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It’s been 15 years since World of Warcraft first launched, providing both a boost and eventual death knell to the then incredibly popular MMORPG genre. World of Warcraft has chanced in innumerable ways after so many years and half a dozen major expansion packs. But nostalgic veterans (and curious newcomers) can revisit the past with World of Warcraft Classic, available now for all subscribers.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re overjoyed to welcome our friends new and old to classic Azeroth,” said J. Allen Brack, president, Blizzard Entertainment. “The community’s excitement is infectious and deeply motivating — it’s clear they’re as thrilled as we are to relive the World of Warcraft Classic experience. We look forward to rediscovering its wonders and challenges together with them, starting today.”

WoW Classic resets the world back during the 2006 era, around the time of the Drums of War update. This predates any of the expansion packs, around the time full scale PvP warfare was being added.

Blizzard Entertainment plans on treating WoW Classic not as a frozen moment in time, but an evolving game just as it was back then. Six update phases are planned to roll out “new” content, such as infmous raids like Blackwing Lair and Naxxramas, PVP battlegrounds including Alterac Valley, and server-wide events such as the Scourge Invasion.

World of Warcraft Classic is available on PC, and included in a standard World of Warcraft subscription. It’s rated T for Teen.