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Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud

Earlier in the year, Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream published an interview with Phantasy Star series producer Satoshi Sakai and director Keisuke Nakamura. The two participated in an interesting chat all about Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud for Switch. They spoke about bringing the series back to Nintendo platforms after the decade, the decision to make the cloud version for Switch, working with Nintendo on the Link collaboration, and more.

We’ve readied a full translation of Nintendo Dream’s interview with Sakai and Nakamura. Continue on below to read it in full.

Keeping in line with what we’ve heard about other free-to-play games, SEGA has confirmed that Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud will not be attached to Nintendo Switch Online. A subscription will not be required in order to play.

It’s safe to say at this point that any Switch titles that’s free-to-play won’t be involved with Nintendo Switch Online. Arena of Valor, which is launching soon on Switch, is another example.


SEGA has shared a trailer for a new Person collaboration planned for Phantasy Star Online 2. This should be available in Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud on Switch.

With the collaboration, players will be able to use character avatar items from Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night. Dancing lobby actions will also be included.

We have the Persona collaboration trailer for Phantasy Star Online 2 below.

Towards the end of last week, Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud launched for Switch in Japan. We have a bunch of footage via the video below.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud is now available for download on the Japanese Switch eShop. But as we know, service won’t actually start until April 4. While you can download the game, you won’t be able to do much for now.

It’s worth pointing out that Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud has been notoriously difficult for those outside of Japan to access. Things could be the same on Switch, meaning fans in North America and Europe might be unable to play next month.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud takes up 36.0MB of space.

Thanks to m_t for the tip.

During the new Nintendo Direct this week, SEGA announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud is heading to Switch in Japan on April 4. The new website has now opened here.

On the site, SEGA confirms that Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud takes up 40MB of space on Switch. As the name implies, everything runs through the cloud – hence the very small file size.

SEGA has sent out an official trailer for the new Zelda: Breath of the Wild collaboration in Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud featuring Link. We have it below.

We knew that Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud would be launching for Switch in Japan sometime in 2018. SEGA has now narrowed things down a bit further, confirming a release window of Spring 2018.

SEGA has shared the following information:

– No time-consuming downloads and constant updates since everything is on a cloud server
– Runs at 30 frames per second, but there may be lag depending on network conditions
– A stable Internet connection is required to play
– The Switch version cannot play quests with models outside of the PC version
– All accounts use the same SEGA ID, so Arks Cash and Star Gems can be shared across models
– Can switch between models as you please as long as you are not logged in at the same time


Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud is coming to Switch, SEGA revealed in today’s Japanese Nintendo Direct. Japan is getting the game in 2018.