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TOKYO, January 27th, 2020 - SEGA Games announced today that “Phantasy Star Online 2”, a massively popular online action RPG game in Japan, will begin closed beta testing for the upcoming North American version on Xbox One on Friday, February 7th at 5:00pm PST (8:00pm EST) ending Sunday, February 9th at 12:00am PST (3:00am EST).

This closed beta test will introduce North American players to the PSO2 game world with fully localized text and character voices in English. Players who participate will retain their progress from the closed beta test and those who answer the call during “Urgent Quests” have a chance to obtain special in-game rewards that can be used when the game launches in Spring 2020.

Players are invited to explore numerous worlds with friends and experience PSO2’s unparalleled action combat and character customization. Choosing from four unique races and nine classes, players can join forces with up to eleven other operatives at a time to experience unforgettable battles and boss fights. 


Beta testers will also have a chance to claim the following special rewards after logging in:

Requirement Rewards

first login Photon Halo B (Accessory)

Beauty Salon Free Pass (Consumable)

daily rewards EXP Boost +50% (x3), Rare Drop Boost +50% (x3), Meseta Boost +50% (x3) (Consumables)  

In addition, special events called Urgent Quests are scheduled for the following times:

February 7th

Time (PST) Urgent Quest

8:00 – 8:30pm Cradle of Darkness

10:00 – 10:30pm Giant Automata: The Awakening

February 8th

Time (PST) Urgent Quest

7:00 – 7:30am Cradle of Darkness

1:00 – 1:30pm Giant Automata: The Awakening

5:00 – 5:30pm Cradle of Darkness

8:30 – 9:00pm The Raging Obsidian Arm

9:00 – 9:30pm Elder of the Unfathomable Abyss  


By participating in the Urgent Quests, players will receive these special rewards when the game launches in Spring 2020:

Requirement 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)  

In honor of the North American kickoff, there will be a special in-game concert featured on Saturday night, February 8th at 8:00pm PST for all players. Concertgoers can meet in the Ship’s Shopping Plaza for a memorable performance and receive multiple buffs afterwards -- a community experience not to be missed!


Players can secure their spot now for the closed beta test for Xbox One. Find out how at or

with the Xbox Insider Hub for Xbox One or Windows 10!


Once the app is installed, here’s how to register for the game:

  1. Launch the Xbox Insider Hub on an Xbox One or Windows 10 device
  2. From the main dashboard, select “insider content”
  3. Under “games,” select “Phantasy Star Online 2”
  4. Select “join” to register


When the PSO2 Closed Beta begins, registrants will be notified via Xbox Live message. For additional details and updates leading up to the start of the closed beta, visit and follow @play_PSO2 and @XboxInsider on Twitter.


About SEGA Games Co., Ltd.

SEGA Games Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company offers a variety of game content for console, PC and mobile devices as well as planning, development, sales and operations. Moreover, it has established development studios and publishing divisions in countries around the world. SEGA Games’ website is located at



Fred White, Head of Marketing

PSO2 TEAM North America

[email protected]