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News update (catch-up)
By Dhylec at 11/12/2014 - 8:32pm

It's been awhile, so here are some of the current hot news and topics in the forums in case you overlooked:

Our usual weekly updates...


And some near-future updates...


With additional details.

Check Ep3 new opening out.

Also, check out Nova's new trailer.

And join Phashion's new contest for a chance to win some cool prizes.

These are just a few recent topics, feel free to visit the forums & check out many other topics for more information.

Thanks to Manta Oyamada, Sizustar, LordKaiser, Arialle, redroses & other members for the updates.

PSO2 (JP) - Update on DDoS of PSO2 Servers and Websites
By Tomeeboy at 06/25/2014 - 8:59am

As most of you are aware of by now, the official PSO2 site and servers, as well as some related PSO2 sites, have been under intermittent DDoS attacks since late last week. SEGA brought their official site back online Tuesday and has also released an update on the situation.

In their update, SEGA mentions the intermittent nature of the attacks and notes that they may have to stop service to the official site again if attacks intensify. In that event, players are encouraged to get updates via SEGA's official accounts on various social media outlets. At the time of the update, services that were still down included the download servers for the PC game client and character creation trial, AC purchase, and login to all versions of the game (PC, Vita, and smartphone).

Further maintenance to the official site will be carried out on Thursday to reinforce their protection measures and another update will be released on that day, as well. As a result of the downtime experienced due to these incidents, SEGA will be looking to reschedule various events and campaigns and will also be considering some form of compensation to players. More details will be announced at a later time.

If you're seeing this post, then you also know that PSOW is online again as well. Welcome back! We hope to avoid any further downtime, but please hang in there if we experience any more hiccups in service. We've made some changes to the site, so if you run into any bugs or other issues, please contact us and let us know. We'll be doing our best to keep things up and running and appreciate your patience and support!

Weekly Forum Roundup: Arks Bingo, NPC Elections, Electifinis gun complaints
By Dhylec at 01/27/2014 - 10:04pm

In case you haven't been following this week, here are some of the current hot topics to check out:

- ARKS "United Front Festival 2014" Triple Campaign
Campaign Period is between Maintenance 15th January 2014 and Maintenance 12th February 2014 with rewards being sent out in March 2014. The three campaign are as follow:
  - New Player Campaign: free present for new players
  - AC Charge Campaign: rewards for charging 500AC & more
  - Friend Campaign: rewards for players with more than 4 or 12 friends

- Arks Bingo Web Panel Event 2014!
This year, there are 20 panels to unlock. Currently, 14 panels have unlocked at 2.25 million points.

- Favorite NPC Elections!
Vote for your favorite NPC and we could get items based on the election winner(s).

- Electifinis gun camo sound problem.
Due to a lot of complaints from this weapon's sound, Sega and will adjust the gun's volume. For your curiosity, we have the gun's video - courtesy of member final_attack.

Check back for new information as they are added. Thanks to Pyrii, Dnd, Maninbluejumpsuit, TaigaUC, and final_attack for the updates.

Weekly Forum Roundup: PSO2 EP2 Deluxe Package, Emergency Maintenance, and More...
By Dhylec at 01/15/2014 - 11:51am

We're looking to make the news page a bit more active, despite the lack of PSO2 Western release news these days. The forums continue to be a great source of PSO2 information and discussions, so we'll be trying to post regular highlights of some of the most popular discussions. We hope to do this at least weekly, while we work to get back into a more regular news-posting routine. Here are some of the current hot topics for you to check out:

- PSO2 Episode 2 - Deluxe Package for both PC and PS VITA. Member Meji has just picked up this little news piece from Sega.

- Also, due to a serious issue from PSO2 JP's weekly update, there is an Emergency Maintenance.
Edit: Maintenance is over. Servers are back online.

- Next, check out Sega's new trailer of future content.


Check back for new additions as they are added. Thanks to Meji, Horo The Wise Wolf, AIDA and Shinamori for the updates.

SEGA Reveals Phantasy Star Nova for 2014, Exclusive to Playstation Vita
By Tomeeboy at 09/09/2013 - 3:30pm

This morning, at Sony Computer Entertainment's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, SEGA announced its latest installment in the Phantasy Star franchise, Phantasy Star Nova. The game, set in the same universe as Phantasy Star Online 2, will be an exclusive to the Playstation Vita and will feature an offline, single-player story, as well as online co-op for up to four players.

The title is being developed by tri-Ace, also known for games in the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile franchises. There was no indication if Phantasy Star Nova might make it to the West, but it is slated for a 2014 release in Japan. More details are to be revealed next week, during the 2013 Tokyo Game Show.

A big thanks to everyone who posted about this news in our forums! We'll be sure to post more updates as they become available. In the meantime, feel free to check out the ongoing discussion here!

Update: More details have emerged, courtesy of Shogai PSO and Mike in our forums, be sure to check them out in the forum tags above!

The PSO2 Thanks Festa Art Contest
By Dhylec at 07/07/2013 - 11:34am
PSO2Once again, the PSOW Phasion Group is back to present their biggest Art Contest yet.

This contest will open from July 4 to August 4. Its unique reward style is having more prizes available when there are more submissions. There are three categories to enter: Photoshop, Artwork, and Portrait. Contestants can enter one in each category for more chances to win.

Although the contest is mainly about PSO2, the contest is open to all PSOW members, whether playing PSO2 or not. For more details, follow the link.

PSO2 Western Release Delayed - Officially Confirmed by SEGA
By Tomeeboy at 03/26/2013 - 10:10am

The Western release of Phantasy Star Online 2, previously announced in July of last year, has been confirmed by SEGA to be officially delayed. Originally slated for an "early 2013" release in North America, PSO2 failed to make an appearance at this year's event at PAX East and there have been no official updates on its release until now.

"We don't have any specifics, but will update everyone as soon as there are more details to share," said a SEGA representative when asked about the delay.

The Japanese release of PSO2 continues to perform well, with the game recently launching on the Playstation Vita platform. As of February, there had reportedly been over 1.7 million player IDs registered for the service.

We will attempt to get further information on this delay and will post more details as they become available. In the meantime, be sure to check the PSO2 forums for the latest buzz and discussions surrounding Phantasy Star Online 2!

PSO2 (JP) New Video - March 27th Update, Weapon Camo, Hot Springs, and More!
By Tomeeboy at 03/14/2013 - 9:08am

SEGA has released a new video and updated their teaser site to show off some of the content and features coming down the pipeline later in March for Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP).

Part two of the "Walking Together" content update will roll out on March 27th and will include the new Weapon Camo system, new Team Room content, Spring Romantica fashion update, Cherry Blossom lobby, and more. Check out the video and then read more details below!

March 27th Update - Walking Together Part 2

  • Weapon Camouflage System (detailed here)
  • Team Room Expansion
  • New Hot Springs Team Room
  • Register music discs to change background music of team room
  • Increased level cap on Photon Tree
  • Spring Romantica Fashion Update
  • Japanese-style Teahouse costumes
  • Elegant School Uniform
  • Bath Towels
  • Includes original costumes from PSU's "Project CUTE"
  • Accessories including Head Towel and Flower Headband B
  • New Aries weapon camo for wands
  • Cherry Blossom Lobby
  • Runs from March 27th through April 10th

  • Features cherry trees in full bloom, chairs, and parasols (sun shades)
  • Lillipas will supposedly appear in the lobby
  • Other Game Updates
  • New Grind Skip →7 item to instantly grind item to +7 level
  • New Feature for Trading ★10 Weapons & Units at the Recycle Shop
  • List most ★10 Weapons & Units in My Shop
  • Increased chance of Parallel Areas (now including boss areas)
  • New title counting number of times grinding a ★7 or higher weapon to +10
  • Enemy experience adjustments based on level difference
  • A big thanks to Macman for posting about the video in our PSO2 forums! Be sure to check out his forum thread for the latest discussion on the update, or leave us a comment here to let us know what you think!

    PSO2 (JP) - March 13th Update - New Advance Quests & Pyroxene Shop Items
    By Tomeeboy at 03/13/2013 - 11:54am

    Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) has received its latest content update, which brings new Advance Quests and Pyroxene Shop items, as well as some weapons and a new matter board campaign. Here's a breakdown:

    New Advance Quests (Requires Lvl 45+)

  • Frozen Tundra - 特務先遣調査:凍土
  • Mines - 特務先遣調査:地下坑道
  • Floating Continent - 特務先遣調査:浮遊大陸
  • New Weapons (only a portion are listed)

  • Dragon Slayer (Sword)
  • Gekitsunaata (Partizan)
  • Inferno Bazooka (Launcher)
  • Gadian'na (Talis)
  • New Pyroxene Shop Items

    Matter Board Campaign #2

  • Campaign Period: March 13th through April 3rd @ 11:00am JST
  • Requirements: Reach the 3rd, 5th, or 8th Matter Board
  • Reward (3rd board): (2) 50% EXP Booster
  • Reward (5th board): (1) EXCube
  • Reward (8th board): (1) EXCube, (5) Advance Capsule A
  • Reward Distribution: Late April

  • The technical details of this week's update are as follows:

  • Update Size (PC): 66MB
  • Update Size (Vita): 1.05GB
  • Launcher Version: 01.05.03
  • Game Version: 1.0301.5
  • First Time Download Size (PC): 7.1GB
  • This story will be updated as additional information is revealed and translated. For more details and discussion on all things relating to PSO2, be sure to head over to the PSO2 Message Boards!

    PSO2 (JP) March 6th Update - White Day Event & Universe Star Collection
    By Tomeeboy at 03/06/2013 - 12:03am

    Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) has received it's latest content update! Previously revealed through a teaser video back in February, this latest content update brings the White Day event, as well as the "Universe Star Collection" fashion update. Here's a brief recap:

    White Day Event (through March 27th):

  • White Day Lobby (blue version of Valentine lobby)
  • Limited time Emergency Quest
  • Limited time Client Orders from Shii
  • New Items: Rappy Cannon & Blue Rappy Fan
  • Fashion Update (FUN Scratch):

  • Hairstyle: Casual Long (male & female)
  • Accessories
  • Cat Ears headband
  • Bunny Ears ribbon
  • Fashion Glasses
  • Green Eye Monitor
  • Red Eye Monitor
  • Cyber Goggles (red)
  • Cyber Goggles B (green)
  • Blue Lava Lamp room item
  • Universe Star Collection:

  • Emilia Replica Costume (female)
  • Guardians F Replica Costume (female)
  • Guardians M Replica Costume (male)
  • Marie Wind Costume (female)
  • Blue Rappy Costume
  • Hairstyle: Half-up Ponytail (female)
  • Hairstyle: Side Ponytail (female)
  • Accessories
  • Head Nano Port (?)
  • Marie Headband
  • Wing Valletta
  • Black Wing Valletta
  • Leader Antenna
  • White Ribbon
  • White Side Ribbon
  • System Update:

  • Updated My Room shop lineup
  • More details will be added as they are released and translated. In the meantime, keep an eye on the forums for the latest breaking news. Also, don't forget about the many campaigns that are still running. Thanks guys!

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