• PSO2

    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.

    by Published on Nov 2, 2012 12:42 PM
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    Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. posted its 2nd quarter earnings summary Friday, covering everything from its Pachislot and Pachinko business to its consumer software division. Among the highlights (again), is Phantasy Star Online 2, which has continued to perform well in Japan and exceed the company's expectations.

    In a consolidated report covering the first half of the current fiscal year, SEGA's consumer business division, which includes packaged software and digital sales, showed noticeable improvements compared to the same period last year. The company continues to undergo restructuring in an attempt to become more profitable and focus on digital mediums.

    Strong software sales and performance of digital titles, such as Phantasy Star Online 2, helped produce 35.7 billion ($44 million) in net sales, a 5.6% increase over last year. While the company did still show an operating loss of 780 million ($9.7 million) for this division, it is a huge improvement over the 6 billion ($74.5 million) loss during the same period in the previous fiscal year.

    Looking on toward the future, SEGA still plans to bring numerous titles to the market and notes its continued intention to develop and release the smartphone and PS Vita versions of PSO2.

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    by Published on Nov 1, 2012 10:27 AM
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    SEGA has announced that their third live broadcast for PSO2 will air on November 6th 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 November 7th's "Destroyer of History" content update
  • Additional information on updates coming later in November
  • A tour of the new PSO2 Arks Briefing Room
  • Live coverage of the hosts taking on a new PSO2 stage
  • Questions and answers

  • 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, as daylight savings time ends this coming weekend. To view the broadcast, click here.

    A big thanks to Mike for posting about the upcoming event. More info and discussion can be found in this thread.

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    by Published on Oct 31, 2012 12:41 PM
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    On the official Japanese players site today, PSO2 producer Satoshi Sakai released a detailed list of player feedback and demands, along with details on how they will be addressing each one. In addition, an approximate release date was given for each improvement. Throughout November and December, players can expect to see a number of welcome changes to the game. Here's is a summary of what was posted (organized by month), translations courtesy of PSOW member Z-0:

    Early November:

  • [Considering] Further reduction of experience required from level 41+.
  • Reduction of items required for level cap client orders.
  • Increase in the spawn rate of rare bosses.
  • Increase in drop rate of 7 to 9 star items (they believe 10 star items will also be easier to obtain, as a result of the increased rare boss spawns).
  • Overall improvement of Techers.
  • [Possible] Increase in performance for the following 10-star rare items:
  • Berkverger
  • Noise Blower
  • Vardha Cannon
  • Umblla Stick
  • Vardha Beat
  • Magical Wand
  • New option to hide Team Chat Balloons
  • December:

  • Guaranteed drop of rare matter boards after killing a set number of enemies.
  • Premium Set improvements, including:
  • Extra FUN gained
  • Maximum number of COs held raised to 40
  • Increased number of Symbol Arts held*
  • Addition of a premium-exclusive drink to the medical center*
      (*exact release date not yet finalized)
  • New checkbox option to block NPCs from MPAs (automatically applied to anyone joining the room).
  • New matchmaking option to "Find Party in Another Block" for chosen quest.
  • Players removed from friends list will no longer have the Friend Partner option.
  • Options added to stop unwanted auto-following by players.
  • Time Attack Quests and client orders will be adjusted to support solo completion.
  • New feature allowing advanced downloading of large game updates, as well as ability to play while downloading.
  • There was also one demand in the list that the development team was not able to meet, which involved partial match searches in My Shop. Due to the load this would cause on the servers, there was no way for this to be implemented at this time. Instead, they will be focusing on reducing the load caused by My Shop searches by implementing convenience features that should help reduce the number of searches required. One such feature, which is targeted for a December release, will allow players to check the market price on items when viewing them in shops.

    For more details and the rapidly-growing discussion on these changes, head on over to this thread in our forums!

    by Published on Oct 26, 2012 02:44 AM
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    SEGA has released a new video showcasing November 7th's content update, "Destroyer of History", for Phantasy Star Online 2. In addition, they've launched a teaser site with new screenshots and information about the update and what players can look forward to. In the video, players are given a glimpse of the new area, enemies, boss Zeshreida, and the new exchange shop for photon drops and EXcubes. Take a look:

    The Ruins can be found past the frozen area on Navelius and will be available starting at level 25 (once prerequisite client orders are completed). The field will feature new enemies, including Crabarda, a large crab-like creature, and the one-eyed Cycloneda and Cyclonada. Also included is the new boss, Zeshreida.

    Crabarda can use its large shield arms for both defense and smashing

    Cyclonada wields a giant iron ball

    Several of the Ruins screenshots also feature strange looking pillars, which the latest Famitsu magazine has recently identified as "Grim Monoliths" (via Shogai PSO). These mysterious relics are found throughout the ruins and can increase the power of darkers if infected by them. They can also spout tentacles during battle.

    Infected Grim Monolith

    The photon drop and EXcube shops will be opened up in the old Item Laboratory stall in the shopping area. Upon reaching level 50, EXcubes will be earned for each level's worth of experience gained (a preview of the price list can be found here).

    Photon Drop Exchange Shop

    A big thanks to PSOW member EvilMag for letting us know about the video and Mike for translations. More information is still streaming in, so be sure to keep an eye on this thread in the forums, as it continues to be updated!

    by Published on Oct 24, 2012 10:28 PM
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    Fan site Shogai PSO has posted more details on the recently revealed EXcube System and Photon Drop Exchange Shop. The information, found in gaming magazines that go on sale October 25th in Japan, includes a number of examples showing what players can purchase and for how much. Here's the scoop, with translations courtesy of Mike:

    Photon Drop Exchange Shop: Finally a place to trade in all of those photon drops you've been hoarding. Here are some examples of what you can get:

  • 1 Photon Sphere for 10 Photon Crystals
  • 1 Photon Sphere for 99 Photon Drops
  • 1 Photon Crystal for 10 Photon Drops
  • 5 25% EXP Boosters for 1 Photon Sphere
  • 1 75% EXP Booster for 1 Photon Sphere
  • 3 Food Device / S-Attack Mini for 2 Photon Spheres
  • 3 Food Device / R-Attack Mini for 2 Photon Spheres
  • 3 Food Device / T-Attack Mini for 2 Photon Spheres
  • 3 Food Device / Ability Mini for 2 Photon Spheres
  • EXcube System: EXcubes are given for earning experience while capped at level 50 (earning experience while capped at 30 or 40 does not give EXcubes). These are the items listed by Shogai as being available for trade through this system:

  • 3 250% Rare Drop Rate Boosters for 2 EXcubes
  • 1 +30% Grind Success Rate Booster for 1 EXcube
  • 1 +30% Affix Success Rate Booster for 2 EXcubes
  • 1 PB Device / Helix P for 10 EXcubes
  • 1 PB Device / Helix I for 10 EXcubes
  • 1 PB Device / Helix N for 10 EXcubes
  • 1 PB Device / Aias P for 10 EXcubes
  • 1 PB Device / Aias I for 10 EXcubes
  • 1 PB Device / Aias N for 10 EXcubes
  • 1 Rear / Tilwin Gamma unit for ?? EXcubes
  • 1 Arm / Titastin Gamma unit for ?? EXcubes
  • 1 Leg / Destren Gamma unit for ?? EXcubes
  • 1 Rear / Brostol Gamma unit for ?? EXcubes
  • 1 Arm / Pristea Gamma unit for ?? EXcubes
  • 1 Leg / Breazen Gamma unit for ?? EXcubes
  • 1 Rear / Rappy Feather unit for ?? EXcubes
  • 1 new 10 star unit with Lucky Rise (the drop rate boosting ability) for ?? EXcubes
  • Both of these new item exchange systems, along with the new Ruins field, will launch on November 7th, giving players a couple more weeks to digest Call of Mortality Part 1 and newly released Part 2. November 7th also marks the end of SEGA's one-millionth user ID celebration.

    by Published on Oct 24, 2012 11:42 AM
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    If you feel like PSO2 might be getting an awful lot of massive content updates recently, well, you'd be right. Revealed last week, this latest update brings Call of Mortality: Part 2, as well as Halloween themed content, to Phantasy Star Online 2. Here's a recap of what was added (as seen on the official site):

  • Halloween Lobby (through 11/21)
  • "Trick or Treat" Emergency Quest, featuring the Cake Sisters (through 11/21).
  • Lantern Rappies with rare Pumpkin Rod drop (through 11/21).
  • New "Shii" NPC with limited-time client orders (through 11/21).
  • New Photon Arts for Partizan, Twin Daggers, Double Saber & Gunslash
  • New Ice & Light Technics
  • Very Hard Quests for Frozen Tundra, Mines & Flying Content
  • Many new rare enemy variations
  • New weapons
  • Interrupt ranking for specific enemy kills updated
  • Many new items added to FUN scratch, AC scratch, and AC Scratch Gold
  • The new costumes are in both AC Scratch (200AC) and AC Scratch Gold (500AC), though Gold is costumes ONLY. Here's a gallery of the new costumes and variations:

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    Don't forget, the one-millionth player ID events are still going on and Wednesday marks the start of the in-game rewards event. Just log in between now and November 7th for a free pack of boosters, as well as DAILY bonus FUN (as outlined, here).

    For more information and discussion on this latest update, head on over to the PSO2 forums!

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    by Published on Oct 22, 2012 11:51 AM
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    According to a news post on the official Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) players site Monday, SEGA will be discontinuing their acceptance of American Express cards for AC purchase in the near future. Players who have purchased pre-paid AMEX cards for the purpose of buying AC should consider using them before this change takes effect.

    In the future, only Visa, Mastercard, and JCB will be excepted for AC purchases. This change is likely related to steps SEGA has been taking to add further authentication measures to their online payment processing, though exact details are still unknown. A big thanks to Mike for posting the news in our forums!

    Update 10/25: According to a new post on the official PSO2 JP players site, this change is now in effect and American Express will no longer be accepted.

    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!

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