• PSO2

    by Published on Nov 30, 2012 04:44 AM
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    The enormous content updates to Phantasy Star Online 2 just keep coming, this time with two major updates being revealed for December. The updates will bring a number of new features to the game and will also have players battling Dark Falz for the first time in PSO2. In addition, Christmas-themed content will be added, including holiday rappies, Santa costumes, lobby decorations and more.

    A new video has been released by SEGA showcasing all the goodies that players have to look forward to, so before we get into the details of the updates, check it out:

    The first two updates announced for December on the official teaser site are scheduled to launch on December 5th and December 12th. Here's a summary of what is going to be included (be sure to check the links to see all of the screenshots for each section):

    Update: The official blog has also been updated with additional information. More details are being added to this article as the news is translated.

    Christmas Update (December 5th through December 26th):

  • Christmas Event & Lobby
  • Holiday Rappies w/ chance of special drop
  • NPC with limited time Client Orders
  • Limited time Christmas emergency quest "Merry Christmas on Ice"
  • Christmas-themed Cake Shop (appears in above quest)
  • New Christmas AC scratch, including santa costumes & accessories

  • Christmas Rappy

    Female Santa Costume

    Game Changes / Additions (December 5th):

  • New weapon potential ability system - Allows unlocking and leveling of hidden abilities on certain weapons through the item shop when grinding to +10, as well as advancement of a weapon's hidden ability using meseta and photon spheres. A weapon which has its hidden ability unlocked will have a gold name and icon, as well as a gold visual effect when equipping it.

  • Parallel Areas - During quests, there will be a possibility of a special transfer device appearing which will move players to one of three random parallel areas. In these areas, rare enemies will be much more likely to spawn.

  • Improved Party Matchmaking - Players will be able to view and choose parties from another block from the quest counter. Doing so will automatically move them to that block.
  • Time Attack Quests now soloable
  • Premium Set Improved - Accept up to 40 client orders (up from 20), improved drink effects, and increased FUN.
  • New ways to obtain grinders and improved chance of acquiring them from FUN scratch.
  • Other player-requested changes, previously revealed in October

  • Parallel Area full of Rappies

    Dark Falz (December 12th):

  • Players will get a chance to battle "Falz Arms" in a new emergency quest. This is a ship-wide cooperative event that must be completed a set number of times within 30 minutes to unlock the second phase of the boss battle. The number of emergency missions completed will be announced at set intervals and phase one will be accessible to all Arks, starting at level 1.

  • Once the required number of Falz Arms have been defeated, players can continue on to phase two and face Dark Falz Elder (his true form, which was sealed on the planet Naberius). Dark Falz Elder is extremely large with many arms and will be a challenge to defeat.

  • New Trade Shop - In addition to the Falz boss battles, a new shop will be added where pyroxenes (stones such as Iritista) can be traded for 10-star weapons and items.

  • Dark Falz Elder

    PSO2 producer Satoshi Sakai also mentioned on the official blog that this climactic update is not the end, noting that another major update will be split between the end of December and early January. The name of the future update roughly translates to something along the lines of "A Future Worse Than Death."

    A big thanks to EvilMag for posting the news about the video in our forums, as well as mailsonds for posting screenshots and Mike for some supplemental details! Be sure to check the above thread for further information and discussion!

    by Published on Nov 29, 2012 10:42 AM
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    SEGA has announced that their fourth live broadcast for Phantasy Star Online 2 will air on December 4th on Niconico Nama. The show will by hosted by Haruko Momoi, Ichitaro Ai, guest Atsuko Enomoto, and PSO2 producer Satoshi Sakai. Here's a brief rundown of what will be included:

  • Over 100 minutes of Live PSO2 gameplay and information
  • Updates on the major December content update
  • PSO2 for Playstation Vita details
  • The hosts challenge the "strongest enemy"
  • A special new project to commemorate the broadcast breaking 100,000 viewers.

  • The broadcoast starts at 9pm in Japan, with doors opening at 8:50pm JST. To those of us in the Western hemisphere, this should be around 7:00am EST / 6:00am CST / 5:00am MST / 4:00am PST. To view the broadcast, click here.

    A big thanks to Mike for posting about the upcoming event in our forums. For more discussion, as well as information on how to watch the live broadcast, be sure to check out his thread above.

    by Published on Nov 28, 2012 02:18 AM
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    The previously announced Arkz Museum ATTACK screenshot contest for Phantasy Star Online 2 has concluded and SEGA has posted a gallery of the top entries.

    The gallery features the top 90 entries from the contest and players who made the cut will receive a Gold Medal of Gratitude room decoration item. There are some really great screenshots features, so be sure to check them out!

    Thanks to Mike for letting us know about the news in our forums. Hit the comments or the above thread to share your thoughts on the contest winners, and congratulations to everyone who had their entry chosen!

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    by Published on Nov 21, 2012 12:24 AM
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    PSO2 (JP) will be arriving on the Playstation Vita as a free download on February 28, 2013, according to Siliconera. The game will share the same servers as the PC version, which is currently live in Japan, allowing players to play the same characters from either platform and interact in the same virtual world.

    In addition to the free download version of the game, SEGA will be releasing a special edition bundle of the game in stores. The bundle will include a number of bonuses, many relating in some way with the Phantasy Star Portable series. Here's a full list:

  • Eight costumes from PSP2 (previously revealed here)
  • A PSP2 weapon set (Wing Spada, Clad Cannon, Clad 6)
  • A mag evolution device
  • 30 Day Premium Set
  • 1000 FUN ticket
  • Decorative Little Wing Stickers
  • A soundtrack CD with songs from PSP and PSP2
  • According to information in the latest Famitsu magazine (via Shogai PSO, thanks Mike), there will also be a beta test of PSO2 for Vita in January. The bundle will sell for 5,229 (about $64) and we'll post more information as it becomes available. UPDATE: The bundle is now available for pre-order and can be purchased here.

    A big thanks to Keii for posting the news in our PSO2 forums. For more information and discussion, be sure to check out the above thread!

    by Published on Nov 13, 2012 11:15 PM
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    This week's PSO2 JP maintenance, which was recently extended, is now complete and the update is available for download. Unlike last week's massive 1.6 GB patch, this week's client update is just 17MB in size. Here's what was changed:

  • EXcubes have been distributed to the people who had enough experience to get to level 51 or above before the update on the 7th. They'll be in the withdraw only system storage area.
  • A bug where you could accidentaly sell equipped units was fixed.
  • Tail items (White Tail, Yellow Tail, & Devil's Tail) are now harder to get stuck in costumes.
  • A bug where disks where displayed in the quest record at a different level than what they actually were has been fixed.
  • It was also noted that ship names may not be appearing after this update, due to a known bug. Players should be using client version 1.0103.1 after patching.

    A big thanks to Mike for posting the news and translations in our forums! Additional information and discussion can be found in his PSOW forum thread, linked above!

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    by Published on Nov 10, 2012 01:02 PM
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    Update 11/12/12: The registration page is now working again for players outside of Japan. A big thanks to juliox for letting us know!

    A flood of reports came in during the early morning hours today that SEGA had initiated a block on new SEGA ID registrations from outside of Japan. The block has since been confirmed, though the reasons behind it and its duration are still unknown. Players attempting to access the SEGA ID registration page for Phantasy Star Online 2 are receiving a plain white page with a single error message on it:

    (Essentially says, "Not available from your area.")

    While initial reports speculated that the PSO2 client downloads were also being blocked, this does not seem to be the case at this time. In addition, existing SEGA ID accounts created from outside of Japan can still be logged in to and managed.

    Also worth noting, is that these changes are not specific to Phantasy Star Online 2. SEGA ID registrations for SEGA's other online games, such as Rusty Hearts, are also giving the same error page when attempting to create an ID outside of Japan.

    We'll keep an eye out for some kind of official statement from SEGA on this change, so stay tuned to the front page and forums for more info as it becomes available. There could be a number of reasons behind the block and it may just be a temporary measure.

    by Published on Nov 9, 2012 11:52 AM
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    There were a couple of updates released by SEGA today for Phantasy Star Online 2's upcoming content update, Destroyer of History: Part 2. The update is scheduled for a November 21st release and , as previously mentioned, will include some great new content. SEGA has released a new video highlighting what players can look forward to. Check it out:

    Some of the new content and features being added in this update include:

  • New Story Content - Chapter 8: The Beginning of the End
  • New Story Boss - Falz Hunar
  • New Costumes & Accessories Scratch
  • Male costumes for females
  • Arks trainee costumes
  • New cast parts
  • New Mag Evolution Device
  • Arks Ceremony Event, celebrating the anniversary of Arks being founded
  • A big thanks to PSOW member mailsonds (as well as Chik'Tikka and Demon-) for posting the news and screenshots in our forums.

    We'll keep this article updated with any other new info that surfaces. In the meantime, head to the above forum thread for the latest info and discussions!

    by Published on Nov 8, 2012 06:17 PM
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    The official PSO2 JP players site was updated today with a notice that the game servers will be coming down for maintenance Friday, November 9th from 10:00am to 11:00am JST (for those of us in the West, starting Thursday, November 8th at 8:00pm EST / 7:00pm CST / 6:00pm MST / 5:00pm PST). This irregular maintenance is taking place in order to address cheat programs being used with the game. The announcement is also being made through in-game notifications.

    This isn't the first time SEGA has specifically mentioned new anti-cheat measures, with another update taking place at the beginning of October to add additional cheat detection. Combined with the recent banning of over 13,000 accounts for malicious activity and RMT (Real Money Trading), it certainly appears as though SEGA is on the offensive in the war against cheating in Phantasy Star Online 2.

    In related maintenance news, the regularly scheduled maintenance for November 14th has been increased to an 8 hour window and will take place from 4:00am to 12:00pm JST (starting at 12:00pm EST / 11:00am CST / 10:00am MST / 9:00am PST November 13th in the West).

    by Published on Nov 6, 2012 01:33 PM
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    The official Japanese players site was updated today with information regarding the November 7th content update for Phantasy Star Online 2. Weighing in at a massive 1.6GB, the update includes some significant additions and improvements. Here are some of the highlights, with links to previous articles that cover them in more detail:

  • Destroyer of History: Part 1 (including new Ruins field)
  • Ex-Cube System & Photon Drop Shop
  • Multiple improvements based on player feedback, including:
  • Reduced experience required from lvl 41+
  • Reduced item requirement on level cap client orders
  • Improved spawn rate for Rare Bosses
  • Improved drop rate for 7-9 star items
  • Techer class improvements
  • Improvement of some 10-star items
  • and more!
  • The third PSO2 Live Broadcast also took place today in Japan, revealing that there will be a Destroyer of History: Part 2 content update. This update is scheduled to release later in November and will include new story missions, costumes, accessories, bosses (including a new story boss, Falz Hunar), and more. Further information and discussion can be found in this thread!

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    by Published on Nov 2, 2012 01:42 PM
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    In a post to the official Japanese players site for Phantasy Star Online 2, SEGA gave a little update on their fight against RMT and other malicious activity in the game. During the period between October 1st, 2012 and October 31st, 2012, a total of 13,707 accounts were suspended for violating the game's terms of use.

    Well, they did give fair warning. SEGA went on to say that they will continue to investigate their findings and take strict actions against any accounts found to be violating the terms of use. Players can also report suspicious activity through the malicious user report form on the official site.

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