The third annual Phantasy Star Online 2Arks Player Report was released earlier today. This report provides detailed player statistics on race/class breakdowns, bust sizes, and what the most popular Photon Arts are. An an example, here is the information provided for the race, gender, and class report:
International art dealer Cook and Becker recently partnered with Sega to produce a series of limited edition prints for classic Sega games. As part of this project, Killian Eng of DW Design created the following Phantasy Star print:
The print measures 24 inches x 36 inches (60cm x 90cm) and is limited to 200 copies.
Sega has announced that it will be removing several of its older games from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Samsung App Store, and Amazon App Store over the next few weeks. According to this news article, Phantasy Star II is among the games slated to be removed. The only reason cited for these removals was that the games no longer met Sega company standards. Sega mentioned the games might return in the future as remastered releases given the "right situation."
If you have purchased any of the games slated for removal, you still be able to continue playing them. They will continue to be available in your purchased apps list in case you delete a game or acquire a new device.
Sega released a statement today announcing that it will be offering early retirement packages to a large number of its employees. Also, the company will reposition itself to focus primarily on mobile games for smartphones and PC games. This represents a significant shift away from previous focus on being a console developer. As part of its restructuring, Sega of America will sell its iconic San Francisco office and relocate to southern California by Summer 2015. It is expected these changes will result in substantial savings and allow the company to focus its resources.
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!
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).
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.
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!