Sega has announced that Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst has entered its open beta testing phase. Interested players are invited to download the full game at the game's main web site and play at no charge between the dates of May 10 through June 9. Characters created during the beta test phase will be carried over into the retail version of the game should the player choose to purchase a Hunters License for a monthly fee.
Blue Burst will eventually allow players to access Episode IV of the Phantasy Star Online series, taking place seven years after the events of Episode I. There are new quests available from both Governer-General Tyrell and the Laboratory to flesh out the original story line, with the new story arc from Episode IV going live on June 28.