Phantasy Star Online 2 has a final release date!
The free-to-play PC title will officially begin service in Japan this Wednesday, July 4, at 2PM JST (GMT+0900 hours).
In addition, Sega will offer a premium package for the game through retailers in Japan beginning September 13 for 6,279 yen.
The premium package will include an installation DVD, plus codes for a number of premium items: five sets of original weapons, 30-Day Premium Set, 1000 FUN points ticket, Mag evolution device, colour change item, Scape Doll x5, boost-type item set, etc.
Sega has also shared a new trailer for the game today:
Although the game’s service will begin only on Wednesday, to avoid server congestion players are recommended to download and install the PSO2 client software prior to the actual launch. Sega recommends doing so between 2AM and 4PM Japan time.
To download the PSO2 game client, go to this page here. The client is roughly 3GB big.
If you’re currently enrolled in the open beta for PSO2 (which is still ongoing, until July 3 11AM JST), you will not need to re-download the game client again. The open beta version will be updated prior to the start of service.
Like we previously reported, PSO2 is free-to-play and supported through paid premium items (go to our previous story for exact pricing details). Players who’d like to start the game with a stash of virtual money (called “Arkz Cash” in PSO2) can begin purchasing credits from July 3 at 3PM Japan time.
Other than on the PC, Phantasy Star Online 2 is also expected to launch on the PlayStation Vita and smartphones at a later date.