• PSO2

    by Published on Oct 20, 2012 06:05 PM
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    The first ever Phantasy Star Online 2 offline meetup took place Saturday in Japan, hosted by PSO2 producer Satoshi Sakai and director Yuya Kimura. Fan site Shogai PSO was able to attend and get some new info on what's coming in the November content update (which we already know will be including the Ruins field, as well as new boss Zeshreida).

    On their site is a transcript and audio recording of a chat with the two PSO2 devs. Here's some of the info they were able to find out, translated courtesy of Keii in our forums:

  • Photon Shop: This new shop which will accept Photon Drops as currency and will carry devices, weapons, armors, etc.
  • Excube System: A feature mentioned briefly by Sakai earlier this month. This system will allow players who have reached the maximum level and experience to trade in surplus experience in special shops. These shops will include new mag devices, 10 star units and other great things!

  • Also mentioned are new costumes (possibly the recently revealed PS Vita tie-in costumes) and new story content (which is likely tied to the Ruins field addition).

    SEGA also unveiled its new "Arks Briefing Room" at the BigBox in Tokyo where the Arks Party was held, as covered by 4gamer. The room features a 4-player gaming rig that is designed to fully immerse players in the PSO2 experience. The room sports four EMPEROR 1510 gaming chairs, valued at about $10,500 each, and players can make reservations to rent them by the hour. Sakai and Kimura were present to cut the ribbons and a giant Rappy was on hand to keep the peace.

    by Published on Oct 19, 2012 11:30 AM
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    SEGA's official PSO2 blog site was updated today by producer Satoshi Sakai. While the update primarily covered information already revealed about the Call of Mortality: Part 2 content update coming on 10/24/2012, Sakai did throw in some new screenshots for upcoming costumes and accessories for Phanasy Star Online 2 (displayed below).

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    The first 8 costumes you may recognize from previous Phantasy Star titles, and that's because they appeared in PSU and PSP2. These costumes will be unlocked through some tie-in with the PS Vita version of PSO2, though Sakai could not reveal further details. The rest of the costumes and accessories will be added to AC & FUN Scratch in next week's update.

    A big thanks to Mike for posting the news in the forums, where further discussion and information on this update can be found!

    by Published on Oct 18, 2012 03:29 PM
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    A special edition of Dengeki Playstation magazine, titled "Phantasy Star Online 2" is coming out on October 20th, 2012 and contains a code for an in-game item. The publication, mentioned today in a post on the JP players site and also on Dengeki's web site, is said to contain a plethora of information on items, classes, client orders, mags, drops and more. In addition, it includes interviews with PSO2 producer Satoshi Sakai and director Yuuya Kimura, as well as talk about the future of the game. All information is said to be up-to-date with the most recent content update.

    Each issue will carry a price tag of 1,100 Yen and will also contain a code redeemable for a Phantasy Star Online 2 weapon named "Tradicion / Nacht" (?????/???), which looks like a giant scythe. It is currently available for purchase at Amazon.co.jp.

    by Published on Oct 17, 2012 04:02 AM
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    A new video has been released by SEGA showcasing "Part 2" of the Call of Mortality content update, which includes an upcoming Halloween Event, as well as some other additions to PSO2.

    Prepare yourselves for Halloween lobbies, NPCs, costumes, themes, rappies, MAGS, missions, and more! In addition, it appears that additional Very Hard missions will be added for Frozen Tundra through Floating Continent, complete with new rare variations of De Malmoths, Snow Banshees, Signo Beats, and others to fight. Also included will be a new FUN rotation. Take a look:

    The update is slated for an October 24th release (next week's update) and it looks like the Halloween event will be running through November 21st, 2012. A big thanks to PSOW member Z-0 for posting the news in our PSO2 forums! Further details and discussion can be found in this thread.

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    by Published on Oct 17, 2012 02:42 AM
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    In a massive update to the Phantasy Star Online 2 Japanese players site, SEGA has officially kicked off the festivities surrounding the recently announced one-millionth player ID celebration. An official page for the celebration has been launched, detailing the four events that will take place between October 17th, 2012 and November 7, 2012. The events are listed below.

    Event #1 - 100 Prize Giveaway (10/17/12 to 11/7/12) - Just log in during the event period for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • (2) Alienware M14x laptops with an original Phantasy Star Online 2 design
  • (10) Tickets to the 2013 25th Anniversary concert for the Phantasy Star Series
  • (30) Commemorative 1-millionth User ID t-shirts
  • (20) Phantasy Star Posters autographed by the development team
  • (3 Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Collection soundtrack CDs.

  • Event #2 - In-game Item Rewards (10/24/12 to 11/7/12) - Just log in during the event period and receive the following in-game rewards:

  • (1) +50% EXP Booster
  • (1) +50% Rare Drop Booster
  • (1) +50% Meseta Drop Booster
  • +100 Bonus FUN (+200 for Premium) DAILY
  • Additional Bonus FUN for consecutive daily logins during event period (+50 / 100 daily on Day 3, +100 / 200 daily on Day 5).

  • Event #3 - Arkz Museum ATTACK Screenshot Contest (10/17/12 to 11/7/12) - Submit "attack" themed screenshots of your character performing any damaging attack. Screenshots will be selected to be published in a special report at a later date. Players who have their screenshot selected will received a gold Medal of Gratitude exclusive room decoration.

  • Screenshot submissions can be uploaded on the official site for the event.
  • Two screenshots must be submitted (one with your player ID showing, one without)
  • Screenshots may not be showing other enemies or players (photon blast creatures are okay).
  • No chat or UI should appear in the shots
  • Screenshots have a 1MB size limit
  • Do not crop images.
  • Submissions not sent via the official form will not be accepted.

  • Event #4 (3 Campaigns) - (10/17/12 to 11/7/12):

    Matter Board Campaign: Players who obtain the 2nd and 4th matter boards by the end of the event period will receive in-game gifts:

  • (2) +50% Rare Drop Boosters (2 boards)
  • (2) +10% Grind Success Rate Boosters (4 boards)

  • Premium Set Campaign: Players who purchase a 30, 60, or 90 day premium set will receive an in-game gift:

  • (2) +10% Ability Add Booster

  • One-time Password Campaign: Players who set up a one-time password by the end of the campaign will receive a gift:

  • One day premium set

  • This is basically attaching an authenticator to your SEGA ID account. Upon login, you'll need to enter a second password which is only valid for a short amount of time. The code can be generated by software installed on your mobile device. For players comfortable enough to attempt this, additional information can be found on the player site here.

    For more information and discussion on these events, be sure to head over to the PSO2 Forums!

    by Published on Oct 16, 2012 11:56 PM
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    Phantasy Star Online 2's regularly scheduled maintenance for October 17th, 2012 has completed and is available for download. As part of this update, players should see reduced costs for mates, grinding materials, medical center boosts, and other vendor-related items. The changes were first announced in last week's update from PSO2 producer Satoshi Saki regarding the game economy and player concern about the reduced vendor sell prices.

    After the update, players should be running launcher version 01.03.04 (identified in lower left of launcher) and game version 1.0102.2 (displayed in lower right of the title screen).

    Update: Haven't had a chance to log in yet? New item prices have been posted in the PSO2 Forum! Thanks BIG OLAF!

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    by Published on Oct 16, 2012 03:09 AM
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    If the announcement of the one-millionth registered user didn't tip you off that PSO2 is doing great in Japan, a newly released financial document should help relieve any remaining doubt.

    On Monday, Sega Sammy Holdings released a revision to their earnings forecast, originally posted back in May, for the first half of the fiscal year ending in March 2013. Within the document, Phantasy Star Online 2 is noted for it's success in reaching over one million registered players and earnings from the game are said to be "exceeding projections." In addition, sales of packaged software are said to have been strong.

    It's not all good news, though, as Sega Sammy's other big business division, involving gaming machines (such as pachinko machines), had its sales projections reduced significantly due to a weak market and review of its sales schedule. This dropped the company's consolidated net income forecast by 42.9% (or 1.5 billion yen), despite the strong performance of the consumer business division and PSO2.

    Regardless, it's nice to hear that Phantasy Star Online 2 is doing well and exceeding SEGA's expectations in Japan. This can only be a good sign for the future of the game and it's impending US release!

    by Published on Oct 12, 2012 02:02 PM
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    In a post on the official Phantasy Star Online 2 players site Friday, SEGA reminded players about Article 10 Section 14 of the PSO2 Terms of Use, which prohibits the buying or selling of in-game items in exchange for real world currency, commonly known as Real Money Transactions (RMT). The post goes on to say that SEGA will take strict actions, such as account suspensions, against any accounts that participate in these transactions, regardless of the circumstances or reason.

    With reports of suspicious characters and potential gold farming exploiters becoming somewhat common, it is probably safe to assume that some of the recent economic changes, made during the the 10/10 content update, will also serve a dual purpose of hindering common practices used when farming in-game currency for RMT sale. While not noted in the official patch notes, SEGA did also implement a new cheat detection system during Tuesday's update. This new system, revealed by PSO2 producer Sakai in a supplemental update to yesterday's emergency maintenance, will help SEGA better detect cheaters and suspend their accounts.

    These problems are certainly nothing new to online games, but it is good to see SEGA taking an active and early approach to dealing with them. Players can help, too, by reporting suspicious activity through a special form on the official Japanese player site. Have any thoughts on how SEGA is handling things so far? Feel free to share them in the comments section, or over in the PSO2 forums!

    by Published on Oct 11, 2012 12:18 PM
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    In a supplemental news post to Thursday's emergency server maintenance announcement, Phantasy Star Online 2 producer Satoshi Sakai explains the current situation involving experience requirements in the new level 41-50 range. He also addresses the concern over the vendor sell prices, which were lowered in the 10/10 content update.

    On the subject of experience amounts required to level past 41, Sakai explains that the current experience table was created back when PSO2's service went live in July. The original intention was to not raise the level cap this early, but to instead reward level-capped players with special items upon earning a level's worth of experience. In addition, they planned to release more difficult fields/orders at the beginning of next year. During this process, the experience that players earned would gradually be increased as more players hit 50, eventually leading up to a level cap increase.

    Obviously, things did not go exactly as planned, as players rocketed through the levels in a short amount of time, so this experience table did not translate over well to the way the game is currently developing and being played. As a result, they will be adjusting the level curve in the 41-50 range during tonight's emergency maintenance. A side effect of this adjustment is that players may have already earned enough experience to level up, or even gain several levels, under the new experience table. In these cases, a player should retroactively level up upon killing their first enemy once maintenance has been completed.

    Another highly controversial change in yesterday's content update was the reduction of the vendor sell price for most items. In particular, many players expressed concern that the cost of consumable items remained the same, despite the decrease in their income. Sakai acknowledged that they have received a lot of feedback on this and, as a result, will be adjusting the cost of mates, grinding materials, medical center boosts, and other vendor-related items to be more in-line with the current meseta flow. This adjustment will be taking place during next week's regularly scheduled maintenance on October 17th.

    Sakai went on to say that they have a lot of other feedback regarding the recent update, which they will continue to look into.

    Thanks to Mike and Alenoir for clearing up the translations in our forums!

    Update: Server maintenance has completed and players can now update to client version 1.0102.1.

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    by Published on Oct 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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    SEGA has posted a notice on the official site that the Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) servers will be brought down for emergency maintenance on October 12th from 9:00am to 2:00pm (Japan time). For those of us in the US, this is going to happen around 8:00pm - 1:00am EST (5:00pm - 10:00pm PST) tonight.

    The maintenance will address the following two issues:

  • Experience after level 41 being too high
  • Ship order being reversed

  • A big thanks to Mike for letting us know about this news in the forums! Here's a link to the ongoing discussion.

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