SEGA has released details for Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP)'s October 10th content update and it looks to be a big one! Topping the list of additions is the new subclass sytem, which will allow players to create powerful class combinations that utilize the skillsets of two classes for maximum damage or utility. This will be a great new feature for players looking to customize their characters to create a self-buffing Hunter-Techer, or perhaps a pure ranged Gunner-Ranger. The variety of combinations should be a lot of fun!
The level cap will also be increased from 40 to 50 and Very Hard difficulty quests will be added to supplement the raised cap. Inside of these new quests, players will have a chance to encounter rare monsters (differentiated by their color) that may drop exclusive items.
A new interrupt event is also being added, featuring a strange creature known as Mr. Umbra. Make him happy and you'll be in for a special reward, but make him angry and you will regret it!
If all that isn't enough to get you excited, then you'll be happy to know that they are also adding new weapons, photon arts, and technics. Among these, are the long-awaited 10-star rare items and brand new "all-class" weapons.
A video highlighting some of the new changes has been released as well:
While we didn't have a chance to visit PAX this year to see Phantasy Star Online 2 in action, there were some people who did. Here are a couple of hands-on previews that have been posted from those who were lucky enough to stop by SEGA's booth and check out the game first-hand this past weekend:
If you had a chance to attend PAX this year and play the game, feel free to drop by the PSO2 forums to give your own impressions of the demo. So far, it seems to have been very well received by Phantasy Star fans!
According to a press release from SEGA PR today, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be one of nine playable games showcased by SEGA at this year's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle. While there isn't any detail in the release about exactly what parts of PSO2 players will have a chance to try out, it is probably safe to assume that this means there is at least a localized demo of the game. The full list of SEGA's PAX line-up is as follows:
- Aliens: Colonial Marines™
- The Cave™
- Hell Yeah!™- Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
- Jet Set Radio™
- NiGHTS into dreams… ™
- Phantasy Star Online 2™
- Sonic Adventure™ 2
- Unannounced digital title
PAX Prime will run from August 31st through September 2nd and anyone attending can check out these games at booths #242 and #252. We'll be sure to post any more details we can get about the build of the game and its localization progress. In the meantime, though, feel free to hop on over to the PSO2 Forums, where there is still a lot of discussion going on regarding the Japanese release of the game, which launched to more than 700,000 players in July.
Today, SEGA will officially announce that they will be bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to North America and Europe, with a release date in early 2013. In addition, the official teaser site should be going live at www.pso2.com sometime this morning. Our friends at SEGA were kind enough to give us a heads up on this great news, and PSO-World is proud to be the first site to share it with the Phantasy Star community. Here is a copy of the official press release, check it out:
SEGA ANNOUNCES THE WESTERN RELEASE OF PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 SEGA’s Epic Free-to-Play Multiplayer Action RPG Coming to North America and Europe in Early 2013
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 9th, 2012 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd today announced that free-to-play multiplayer action RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 will be coming to North America and Europe in 2013. For a first look at this new entry in the legendary Phantasy Star series, check out the official Phantasy Star Online 2 teaser site at www.pso2.com.
“Phantasy Star Online was a revolutionary game when it was released, and we want to make sure that its successor in the series is every bit as ambitious,” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “We look forward to introducing Phantasy Star Online 2’s unique, easy-to-access multiplayer action to the rest of the world next year!”
“The number one thing we want to provide players in Phantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every time they log in. Just as great table-top RPG experiences revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore dungeons and undertake quests,” added Satoshi Sakai, Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer at SEGA of Japan.
Over ten years have passed since the release of the boundary-breaking Dreamcast hit, Phantasy Star Online, and SEGA is poised to continue the Phantasy Star series’ multiplayer legacy on PCs worldwide with Phantasy Star Online 2. In the Year 238, the New Era of Light, players will join a new band of Arcs in the fight against mysterious D-Arkers, embarking on another epic adventure of infinite possibilities!
Phantasy Star Online 2’s features include:
- Deep sci-fi fantasy universe filled with lush landscapes, extraordinary creatures, and epic adventures
- Revolutionary real-time combat and third-person action with devastating combos and counters to master
- Flexible, class-based leveling system that lets players define their own play-style with distinctive melee, ranged, and magic weapon types
- Randomized dungeon maps and unexpected mid-quest encounters that ensure each quest is different for each player
- Deep character creation system with a nearly limitless number of potential appearances
- Three degrees of humanity to experience across three unique races: the versatile Humans, spiritually-powered Newmen, and artificial CAST
For more information about Phantasy Star Online 2, visit the official site at www.pso2.com.
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About SEGA® of America, Inc. SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment. SEGA® of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com.
About SEGA® Europe Ltd. SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA’s global website site is located at www.sega.com.
The official teaser trailer for PSO2's western launch will also be going live sometime Monday morning via YouTube: Official PSO2 Announcement Trailer. Be sure to check it out once the video has been made available to the public!
Be sure to share your thoughts on this exciting announcement in our PSO2 Forums, where there is already a great deal of discussion going on about the Japanese release of the game