Note: If all you're looking for is the PSO2JP English Setup file, it's here: http://arks-layer.com/setup.php It's HIGHLY recommended that you follow this tutorial, however.
Welcome! This is an up-to-date guide on how to register for PSO2, along with getting you off on the right foot.
If you encounter any errors during this process, FIRST read this thread, and the instructions on how to solve it:
Part 0: Things to do before you begin
Here are some things you should start the download on right away, so they download while you're registering and setting up your ID.
1) PSO2JP English Setup file, including the latest patches
2) Google Chrome PSO2 Extension
Part 1: Registering a SEGA ID
PLEASE NOTE: In the past, Google Chrome has been unable to access the site - This is due to a misconfiguration on the ISAO server. This seems to have been resolved, but if you get weird issues with Chrome, feel free to use Firefox to register instead of Chrome. A Firefox PSO2 Extension is near completion, you can read about the progress here: http://www.pso-world.com/forums/showthread.php?t=210474
Please go to the SEGA ID registration page, and enter your e-mail in the blank as seen below:
Make sure you do NOT use a hotmail e-mail, as these are not accepted and will give you an error. It's HIGHLY recommended to use GMail, as certain providers (such as AOL) have issues with recovery e-mails from SEGA, which can prevent you from logging into your account. GMail is your best bet. If you don't have a GMail account, you can grab one real quick here: http://www.gmail.com
This is the e-mail you'll receive:
Simply click (or copy/paste) the link to move onto the next part.
Part 2: Filling in information for your SEGA ID
If you're using the Chrome EQ extension, this part should be in English. Either way, here's a guide on how to fill it out:
Part 3: Japanese Captcha Boss
If you're a regular user of the internet, you should be familiar with captchas - They're used to make sure you're human. Usually, not a problem... UNLESS THEY'RE JAPANESE.
For this part, you'll use the Lexilogos Hirigana Typewriter. Compare the letters on the keyboard to the letters in the captcha. Click on each letter in the typewriter, then copy and paste the completed captcha into the box on the SEGA ID page. Once all the letters are in (and you've completed the rest of the form), hit Submit.
If you get the captcha wrong (which you will a few times), you'll receive the following error:
Hit the back button and try again!エラー(025)
There is an error in the input content. Please try again
After flipping a few tables (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻) , you'll get the captcha right. You'll know you did it right because you'll be taken to a page where it'll review all your information:
At the bottom are two buttons - Hit the top of the two, Register, to complete registration!
Part 4: Registering your new SEGA ID for PSO2
This part is really easy. After you hit "register" in the previous part, you'll be taken to a new screen:
Click the only button there. You'll be taken to another screen (this one will probably change a lot, just look for a button underneath something that says "Phantasy Star Online 2"
You'll be taken to this screen:
Just click the checkmark, then hit the leftmost box.
The next screen will say:
This means you're fully registered and ready to play! Now, move onto the next post for Installation instructions and how to update!『ファンタシースターオンライン２』を開始する準備が整いました。
Ready to start the "Phantasy Star Online 2" is now ready.
Proceed to the login screen to launch the game.
Please proceed to this place if you want to download the PC version client.