Phantasy Star Online 2 launched in North America yesterday on Xbox One in beta form - and its servers were quickly crippled by the huge number of people trying to play.
As excited fans struggled to get into the game, Phantasy Star Online 2 began trending on Twitter.
Tried logging into the #PSO2 servers last night and it was predictably slammed and I couldn't log in. Tried for roughly 45 mins and gave up. Woke up this morning at 3am to go to work and tried again and got in! Played the first Forest level to get the feel of the game.— TheRetroGamerMxr (@TheMxr) February 8, 2020
Sega right now:— Mollie L Patterson (@mollipen) February 8, 2020
"Wait... people actually wanted to play Phantasy Star Online 2?!"#PSO2
Eventually the official Phantasy Star Online 2 Twitter account explained that Sega's online multiplayer sci-fi game, which first launched in Japan nearly eight years ago, was trampled by fans.
Hi, Arks. Just an update on what happened:— Phantasy Star Online 2 (NA) (@play_pso2) February 8, 2020
(1) More users tried to log in than we could have anticipated, which resulted in players not being able to access the server.
(2) We identified problems in our data processing program, those have been addressed as well.
Brilliantly, those who do manage to get into Phantasy Star Online 2 can watch a trailer for the soon-to-be released Sonic movie, which plays on screens in the ark lobby.
Here's the new Sonic movie trailer, if you haven't seen it already:
Servers are back up (at the time of this article's publication people are streaming the game). The closed beta test ends today, Saturday 8th February at 11.59 PST (that's 8am Sunday in the UK).
If you're wondering how the game looks, the video below two-and-a-half hours of gameplay from the beta.
There's no word yet on access for European players, although an open beta test is planned.