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Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud
System(s): Nintendo Switch
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Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Nintendo Switch
JP
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Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud (ファンタシースターオンライン2クラウド) is a release of Phantasy Star Online 2 for the Nintendo Switch. Unlike previous releases, this version of the game is a cloud streaming service which streams the game to the Nintendo Switch from a cloud server in Japan.

Differences from the PC version

The cloud servers run a modified PC version of the game which has access to the same game servers used in all versions of the game. As a result, the game is not too different from how it handles on PC but some differences still exist.

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  • When the game is boot up the player is presented with a menu which lets them start the game, visit the website or test their connection speed.
  • As the game runs on cloud servers no patch updates are required on the Nintendo Switch.
  • The player is automatically logged out if the game is left inactive for 30 minutes.
  • The game's frame rate was initially locked to 30 frames per second. An update on September 12, 2018 would improve this to 60 FPS.
  • Unlike the PC version, PSO2 Cloud lets players save their password in addition to their SEGA ID. Saved SEGA ID and passwords are linked to the Nintendo Account being used to play the game.
  • Exclusive to Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud is the "Easy Login" function which enables players to play the game without an existing SEGA ID. When this feature is used, however, the player will not be able to use their data on other platforms, purchase ARKS Cash, use a One-Time Password or link the game to PSO2es. The player can eventually transfer from Easy Login to a proper SEGA ID later on.[2]
  • Switch players are only able to play on Cloud Blocks which PC players can also join. PlayStation 4 and Vita players are not permitted to play on Cloud Blocks.
  • Similar to the above, Switch players have their own Challenge Mode and Battle Mode Blocks on the Shared Ship. However, while PC players can join Cloud Challenge Mode Blocks, Cloud Battle Mode Blocks are exclusive to Switch players.
  • Because players are only able to battle other Switch players in Battle Mode, there is a separate Cloud Leaderboard for Battle Mode.
  • PlayStation 4 and Vita players can only encounter Switch players in their Quarters and Team Quarters but will be unable to chat with each other.
  • Certain music discs cannot be played on the Nintendo Switch version as a result of licensing issues.
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild collaboration items can be obtained via the completion of specific tasks on the Nintendo Switch version. Once obtained, these items will be accessible in all other versions of the game the player uses with this account. These items are; Hylian Shield, Master Sword, Champion's Tunic M / F and Link Hair.

History

Development

The game's Cloud Server technology was licensed from Ubitus who had in the past also licensed their technology to Capcom for Resident Evil 7: Cloud Version. Although in the past all versions of Phantasy Star Online 2 were able to play together at the same time, Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud is only able to play with PC players cross-platform. It is widely believed that this was done at the request of Sony who has had a history of limiting cross-platform capabilities in other games with similar support.

Release

Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud was first announced via a Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation on September 14th, 2017. The game would be released on April 4th, 2018 as a free Japanese eShop digital exclusive. The game is one of the few Nintendo Switch titles which doesn't require a subscription payment to the Nintendo Switch Online service. Players using a SEGA ID to play were able to use their data on other devices as well, however, an update on October 10th, 2018, would enable Nintendo Switch players who start playing immediately without a SEGA ID via the "Easy Login" feature.

As the Nintendo Switch is region free, players from outside of Japan are able to download the game using a Japanese eShop account. Furthermore, unlike other versions of the game, there doesn't exist any form of region blocking for the South East Asia region. Regardless, the game can be difficult to play from outside of Japan as a result of latency and the game automatically disconnecting players after a set amount of time if their wireless connection is not fast enough.

Magazine articles

Main article: Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud/Magazine articles.

Promotional Materials

Artwork

External links

References

  1. https://ec.nintendo.com/JP/ja/titles/70010000001185 (archived: 2019-04-03 22:00)
  2. http://pso2.jp/players/news/22382/ (archived: 2018-10-15 02:37)


Phantasy Star series
"Classic" series
Phantasy Star (1987) | Phantasy Star II (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (1990) | Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (1993)
Phantasy Star II Text Adventures (Amia | Anne | Huey | Kinds | Nei | Rudger | Shilka | Yushis/Eusis) (1991) | Phantasy Star Adventure (1992) | Phantasy Star Gaiden (1992) | Phantasy Star Generation: 1 (2003) | Phantasy Star Generation: 2 (2005)
Compilations
Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection (1998) | Phantasy Star Collection (2003) | Phantasy Star Complete Collection (2008)
Albums
Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection I (1993) | Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection II (1993) | Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album (2008) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013)
Audiobooks
Memorial Drama CD & Fanbook "Phantasy Star: Fuujirareshi Kioku" (1995)
Books
Phantasy Star II Hint Book (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Toki no Keishousha Koushiki Guide Book (1990) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Hint Book (1991) | Phantasy Star: Sennenki no Owari ni Game Guide Book (1994) | Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu (1995) | Phantasy Star IV Official Players Guide (1995) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013)
"Modern" series
Phantasy Star Online (Ver. 2 | Ep. I & II | Ep. III | Blue Burst) (2000-2005) | Phantasy Star Universe (Ambition of the Illuminus) (2006-2007) | Phantasy Star Online 2 (es | Cloud) (2012-2018)
Handheld games
Phantasy Star 0 (Mini) (2008-2009) | Phantasy Star Portable (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Infinity) (2009-2011) | Phantasy Star: Eternal Planets (2011) | Phantasy Star Nova (2014) | Idola: Phantasy Star Saga (2018)
Compilations
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II & III Trilogy (200x) | Phantasy Star Defender's Pack! (2011)
Albums
Phantasy Star Online Original Sound Track (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Songs of Ragol Odyssey: Soundtrack Episode 1 & 2 (2002) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III Special Edition (2003) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution Original Sound Track (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Premium Arrange (2004) | Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst Episode IV Sound Track (2005) | Phantasy Star Universe Game Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Tsutaya Original Sound Track (2006) | Save This World: Phantasy Star Universe Original Score (2006) | For Brighter Day Phantasy Star Universe Original Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Original Soundtrack (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Original Sound Track (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Special Single CD (2009) | Phantasy Star Soundtrack: Theme Song Collection (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Original Soundtrack: Wings of Universe (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Special CD (2011) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Original Soundtrack (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Mini Sound Track (2013) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 1 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 2 (2013) | Phantasy Star Music Collection 2000-2007 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Song CD: Song Festival (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 3 (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Original Soundtrack (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Song CD: Song Festival II (2015) | Phantasy Star Online Series 15th Anniversary Concert: Sympathy 2015 Live Memorial Album (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation Original Soundtrack (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 4 (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 5 (2017)
Audiobooks
Phantasy Star Online 2: Project Dream Arcs! (2013)
Books
Phantasy Star Online Navigation Guide (2000) | Phantasy Star Online Official Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Kanzen Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Tettei Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Fan Book (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Official Perfect Guide (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Ultimate (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution Complete Guide (2003) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (2004) | Phantasy Star Universe Signature Series Guide (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Perfect Bible (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Visual Book (200x) | Phantasy Star Universe Settei Shiryoushuu (2007) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Perfect Guide (2007) | Phantasy Star Portable Fan Book: Guardians Maniacs (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable Perfect Bible (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Photon Master Guide (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Complete Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star 0 Official Strategy Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Star Frontier Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Perfect Bible (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity: Infinity Battle Guide (2011) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Start Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Master Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Expert Guide (2013) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013) | Phantasy Star Nova Guide Book (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Side Stories (2015) | Phantasy Star Nova Perfect Bible (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2012-2015 (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2015) 15th Anniversary Phantasy Star Online Visual Chronicles (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2015-2016: Oracle & Tokyo Collection (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 3 Settei Shiryoushuu (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 es 3rd Anniversary Visual & Chip Collection (2017)
Other
Phantasy Star Online 2 -On Stage- (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (2016)