We know what you're thinking, "Xbox version shutting down in Japan? Well, that dude's gotta be pissed." Yup, on January 31, 2008 Sega's risking a global backlash and terminating Xbox Live services for the onetime Dreamcast title in Japan.
The good news for the rest of the world's Phantasy Star Online community is that no similar announcements have been made outside of Japan. We don't know about you guys, but we don't want to be around once the legions of MMO-addicted GameCubers catch wind of a cancellation on that platform.