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Phantasy Star Online 2 Will Collaborate with Sword Art Online This May in Exciting In-Game Event

Phantasy Star Online 2 screenshot of a boy in a trenchcoat and girl in skirt each holding swords in a nature setting.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is getting a collaboration event with popular multimedia franchise Sword Art Online, SEGA announced. Starting on May 12th, players will encounter Kirito and Asuna, who have logged into PSO2 and will take part in a unique and original story.

According to PSO Team Global’s own Fred White, “Kirito and Asuna from Sword Art Online are very familiar with living in an MMORPG… [t]hey’ll be bringing a lot of special rewards and items like outfits, hairstyles, voice tickets, and weapons for players to collect to commemorate their time here.”

Sword Art Online X Phantasy Star Online 2 characters promoting special in-game rewards.

All of the items from the SAO collaboration event are available in-game and not through PSO2‘s AC Scratch system, so everyone who participates in the event can receive them. By completing Client Orders from Kirito or Asuna, players can proceed to the Lobby to see an event that will progress the story. More information is available via the game’s official website.

Phantasy Star Online 2 is free-to-play and available now for Windows PCs (via the Epic Game Store, Windows 10, or Steam) and the Xbox One (cross-platform). A new version of the game titled Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis is also in the works from SEGA. On the flip side, the newest Sword Art Online game, Alicization Lycoris, was released last July for Windows, PS4, and XB1.

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Peter Triezenberg

Peter Triezenberg

Peter is a reviews editor for RPGFan, and quite possibly the spooniest bard you'll ever meet. He's also the site's resident Kingdom Hearts fan, Final Fantasy XV apologist, and Yu-Gi-Oh! enthusiast. In between playing video games or writing news, he can usually be found drinking unsafe amounts of caffeinated beverages. He also really likes cats.

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