Phantasy Star Online 2 coming to Steam on August 5Dress up in the HEV Suit from Half-Life 2 and more.
Sega will release the PC version of Phantasy Star Online 2 via Steam on August 5, the company announced. It will offer cross-play and cross-progress with other available platforms.
That means Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is also coming to Steam when it launches in 2021. Sega previously said, “If Phantasy Star Online 2 is added to new platforms, we plan to make Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis available on those platforms as well.”
Sega is preparing a variety of rewards for users who play Phantasy Star Online 2 on Steam. Here are the details:
Embody Half-Life 2’s Gordon Freeman or Half-Life: Alyx‘s Alyx Vance with special outfits and partner up with Wheatley from Portal 2 with a special Mag Evolution Device! This release will also include cosmetic items from Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead, such as hairstyles and weapon camos!
Reward One: Half-Life Collaboration Item
Log-in to Phantasy Star Online 2 on Steam and retrieve the reward from the Visiphone, under “Receive Campaign Items.”
- 720: Headcrab (Emote) | Half-Life
Additional Log-in Rewards:
- EXP Earned +50% (x5)
- Rare Drop Rate +50% (x5)
- Meseta Earned +50% (x5)
- Half Scape Doll (x5)
- Unit “Back / Fresh Aura” (x1)
Reward Two: Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life: Alyx Pack
Log-in to Phantasy Star Online 2 on Steam and complete any quest once on Normal / Casual difficulty or higher.
- Pyro’s Gas Mask (Hairstyle) (x2) | Team Fortress 2
- Alyx’s Hair (Hairstyle) (x2) | Half-Life: Alyx
Reward Three: Portal 2 and Weapon Camos Pack
Log-in to Phantasy Star Online 2 on Steam and complete any quest twice on Hard / Hardcore difficulty or higher.
- Evolution Device: Wheatley | Portal 2
- Team Fortress 2 Minigun (Weapon Camo) | Team Fortress 2
- Left 4 Dead Frying Pan (Weapon Camo) | Left 4 Dead
- Crowbar (Weapon Camo) | Half-Life
Reward Four: Half-Life 2 Collaboration Item
Log-in to Phantasy Star Online 2 on Steam and complete any quest three times on Very Hard difficulty or higher.
- HEV Suit (Outfit: Male) | Half-Life 2
Reward Five: Half-Life: Alyx Collaboration Item
Log-in to Phantasy Star Online 2 on Steam and complete any quest four times on Super Hard difficulty or higher.
- Alyx Replica (Outfit: Female) | Half-Life: Alyx
And here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
Welcome to the Oracle Fleet
You are an ARKS Operative, a member of an elite task force dedicated to exploring inhospitable planets, and looking for signs of a dark corruption called the Falspawn. Join forces with allies from four distinct races and choose from nine classes—each with unique weapons and special abilities—and embark on endless and challenging missions with friends!
Unparalleled Online Action RPG
Experience the most responsive action combat system in an online RPG to date. With highly customizable attacks and abilities, Phantasy Star Online 2‘s combat encourages players to get creative in their battle strategy. Precision and skill determine the outcome of each combat situation, and with eighteen weapon types to choose from, you are never limited to just one playstyle.
Ultimate Character Creator
Discover one of the most powerful character creators ever made. With four races to choose from, customizing your ARKS Operative’s appearance is just the beginning. Phantasy Star Online 2‘s ever-expanding catalog of editable accessories and layered outfits to mix and match allows for countless possibilities, limited only by the extent of your imagination.
Download and play for free. Experience all that Phantasy Star Online 2 has to offer, with no level caps or blocked story content. A Never-Ending Quest Awaits You!
The core game is free-to-play, but there is certain paid content that can be purchased.
Phantasy Star Online 2 is available now as a free-to-play title for Xbox One and PC via the Microsoft Store in North America, and for PlayStation 4, Switch, PS Vita, and PC in Japan. The Switch version is the cloud-based Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud. The PS Vita version will be ending service on August 19.
Watch a trailer for the Steam rewards below.