The online action-RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 will hold a closed beta next week exclusively for Xbox One through Microsoft's Xbox Insiders program. Sign-ups are available now and pre-load starts on Monday, February 3.
PSO2's closed beta starts on Friday, February 7 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET and ends the following Saturday at 11:59 PM PT / 2:59 PM ET. You have the opportunity to earn exclusive in-game rewards during the closed beta, and all progress will carry over to the open beta and official game launch. Some in-game rewards include login bonuses such as accessories and consumables, first-time adopter items like emblems, and more.
The closed beta will feature "unique challenges" called urgent quests, in which you can obtain special rewards at specific times throughout PSO2's short playtest. Check below for a list of available urgent quests.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta Urgent Quests
- 8-8:30 PM PT -- Cradle of Darkness
- 10-10:30 PM PT -- Giant Automata: The Awakening
- 7- 7:30 AM PT -- Cradle of Darkness
- 1-1:30 PM PT -- Giant Automata: The Awakening
- 5-5:30 PM PT -- Cradle of Darkness
- 8:30-9 PM PT -- The Raging Obsidian Arm
- 9-9:30 PM PT -- Elder of the Unfathomable Abyss
Also during the game's closed beta, you will be able to attend an in-game concert performed by Quna, something of a Hatsune Miku for PSO2's Oracle. Taking place on Ship's Shopping Plaza from 8-8:15 PM PT / 11-11:15 PM ET on February 8, you will receive a few buffs after the concert, including an increase in drop rates and experience points.
While Phantasy Star Online 2's closed beta is exclusive to Xbox One, the currently unscheduled open beta will be playable on Windows 10 via the Xbox Insiders Hub app, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. It's worth noting that, after a reveal during E3 2019, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed that PSO2 isn't exclusive to the Xbox brand whenever it officially launches in North America.