PSO Xbox Live Fees Official

It's official, Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II will cost $8.95 a month when it is released this March. Many hoped its presence on Xbox Live would waive those monthly fees but that will not be the case. On the plus side of things, the first two months are free and it may be that you will already be done with the game by then! Read on for the press release highlights.Microsoft Games Studios today announced that it will distribute SEGA(R)'s "Phantasy Star Online(TM) Episode I & II" for Xbox in North America. The award-winning online role-playing series, which had more than 400,000 registered online users on the SEGA Dreamcast, arrives on store shelves this coming March and will be playable through Xbox Live(TM). In addition, the Xbox Communicator headset is fully compatible with "Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II," enabling gamers from across North America to chat with each other with ease.
 
To play the game online, Xbox Live subscribers will be required to buy a "hunter's license," which gives gamers the ability to travel on wild adventures with other "Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II" gamers. It also provides access to a plethora of online exclusive content such as seasonal quests, downloads and rare in-game items. The hunter's license is free of charge for the first two months, and after that will carry a service fee of $8.95 per month.
 
Developed by famed SEGA game designer Yuji Naka and SONICTEAM, "Phantasy Star Online Episode I and II" features two games in one: Episode I contains all of the content from "Phantasy Star Online(TM)" and "Phantasy Star Online(TM) Ver. 2," while Episode II brings gamers back for an all-new adventure on the planet of Ragol. Gamers will search unchartered areas, battle unique monsters and discover numerous items. Both episodes can be played online or offline with up to four gamers. Additional game modes include Challenge and Battle. Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound is also supported in "Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II." An Xbox Live account is required to play "Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II" both offline and online.

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I played my free month on the cube. I haven't touched the game since. It'd be nice to use that broadband adapter for something else.

I was always gonna play it on the Dreamcast, but never got around to it. Is the Xbox version gonna have the rampant cheating like the Dreamcast version did? Also, if I buy it and don't get a Hunter's License, can I still play four players on one console at home with three friends? If so, I'd buy it.

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