• PSO2

    by Published on Jul 8, 2011 06:36 PM
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    New character screenshots were recently released for the RAmarl and RAcast classes in Phantasy Star Online 2!

    RAmarl RAcast
    RAmarl and RAcast

    Both character designs draw on their Phantasy Star Online roots, while incorporating design aesthetics from Phantasy Star Universe. It will be interesting to see clothing customization options for these classes.

    Credit goes to Mike for bringing us this news. You can discuss these screenshots in this forum thread.

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    by Published on Apr 28, 2011 08:34 AM
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    The Japanese Phantasy Star Online 2 webpage was updated today with a high-resolution version of the video first seen at Infinity Gran Prix Event. To view the video, go to the Phantasy Star Online 2 webpage, scroll to the bottom, and click on the "Movie" link. Alternatively, you can view the movie directly at this link. Even if you watched the original video from a few days ago, this version is definitely worth looking at. It gives a clean, detailed look at the character designs, storyline, user interface, and gameplay footage for Rangers and Hunters.

    You can share your reaction to this video in our Phantasy Star Online 2 forum.

    Update: Vashyron has uploaded the high-resolution video on to Youtube.

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    by Published on Apr 24, 2011 11:31 AM
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    The first gameplay videos and screenshots from Phantasy Star Online 2 were revealed to the public earlier today at the Japanese Infinity Gran Prix event. You can view the video below or on this Livestream page.


    Jump to the 1 hour 59 minute mark to see the PSO2 Gameplay Video.

    Based on the text in the video, Phantasy Star Online 2 will include:

    • Randomized dungeons
    • Weather Effects
    • Third-Person Shooting Mode for Shooting
    • Jumping
    • Random Mission Events

    HUnewearl
    HUnewearl

    In addition, the 4gamer website has several high-resolution screenshots! The screenshots feature close-ups of the user-interface, character designs, and cut-in-chat. If you look closely, you'll see Section IDs on the player outfits! You can the screenshots here and on the 4gamer website.

    Four players in a Forest setting
    Four players in a Forest setting

    Credit goes to xBladeM6x for providing the video link and Mike for providing links to the screenshots. You can join in on the discussion in this forum thread!

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    by Published on Feb 5, 2011 04:36 PM
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    Earlier today in Japan at the "Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Nationwide Fan Thanks Festival 2011 sponsored by Caloriemate," SonicTeam announced that the alpha test for Phantasy Star Online 2 will begin this summer! Entry into the test will not be open; instead, all participants will be selected by lottery. And your first chance at putting your name into the drawing will be by purchasing Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity, which will be released in Japan on February 24. The first printings of the game will include a special code inside the box as designated by a yellow sticker on the outside of the case. This code is required to enter yourself into the alpha test drawing. Keep in mind that only the UMD release of PSP2i will feature this code; the download version will not include the code. Furthermore, Japanese Phantasy Star Universe and previously-subscribed Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst players will have a chance at getting into the test, as codes will be distributed to them, too. Specific details on this method of code distribution will be made public at a later date.

    Special thanks to Ryudo for bringing this to our attention! Stay tuned for further information in the coming months!

    Update (February 7): Details on the alternate methods of obtaining an alpha test lottery code for Japanese PSU and PSOBB players have been announced!

    If you purchased a Hunters License for the Japanese version of Blue Burst at any point between January 1, 2010, and November 30, 2010, then you will receive a lottery code at a later date through the e-mail address you registered with your account. However, if you registered and play via the Hangame version, you will not be included.

    Japanese PC/PS2 Phantasy Star Universe players will have three chances at getting a code, as they will be distributed to eligible players in three different batches. Here are the dates of distribution along with the requirements for each.

    1. February 24: You must be a premium course player on February 20 or you must have bought 3,000 GC (or more) between January 1 and February 20.
    2. Early April: You must be a premium course player on March 31 or you must have bought 3,000 GC (or more) between February 21 and March 31.
    3. Early May: You must be a premium course player on April 30 or you must have bought 3,000 GC (or more) between April 1 and April 30.

    As before, codes will be sent to eligible players via e-mail. Also, this offer does not extend to those who subscribe to the game through Hangame or those who play the Xbox 360 version. And finally, even if you meet more than one requirement, you will not be sent more than one lottery code. Good luck to all eligible players!

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    by Published on Jan 26, 2011 11:42 AM
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    We're all stuck playing the waiting game as we jump at any tiny bit of information or news on Phantasy Star Online 2. Well, a little bit of info came to light recently. Don't jump too high, though! We may have a few more months to go before real news starts to surface.

    From the most recent issue of Dengeki Games and via the news site Shougai PSO, an interview with Producer Sakai, Senior Director Terada and Director Suganuma has shed a little more light on PSO2

    • Development of PSO2 has been running alongside PSP2 Infinity, so the game is further along in development than some people likely think.
    • Some kind of announcement may be made around the end of April, during the finals of the Infinity Grand Prix.
    • PSO2 will not be set in either Ragol or Gurhal. Instead, look forward to an even larger setting with numerous planets as indicated by the game's logo.

    And... that's all for now. It's not much to work with, but it's definitely a start. Join in the discussion of this news in this thread!

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    by Published on Nov 6, 2010 09:29 AM
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    On November 4th, Sega of Japan listed three job openings for its "Let's make PSO2 together!" campaign. Here are the details as provided by EspioKaos:

    1. Planner

      Job Description: To take responsibility of drawing up documents and plans for online game content for online Phantasy Star games.

      Responsibilities
      1. Create drafts and proposals
      2. Create full specifications
      3. Game regulation
      4. Project schedule management and work progression
      5. External regulation and balance
      Qualifications
      • Three or more years of game development
      • Network game (P2P and S/C) development experience
      • Experience in network game development for PC, PS3 and/or Xbox 360
      • A great interest in game development for the Phantasy Star series
      • A high-spirited individual with strong communication skills
      • Extremely good work ethic
    2. Client Programmer

      Job Description: To take responsibility of client-side programming for online Phantasy Star games.

      Responsibilities
      1. Programming of player-related systems and actions
      2. Programming of enemy-related systems and actions
      3. Programming of map-related systems and gimmicks
      4. Programming of quest-related systems and gimmicks
      Qualifications
      • Three or more years experience with C and C++
      • Network game (P2P and S/C) development experience
      • Experience in network game development for PC, PS3 and/or Xbox 360
      • A great interest in game development for the Phantasy Star series
    3. Server Programmer

      Job Description: To take responsibility of server-side programming for online Phantasy Star games.

      Responsibilities
      1. Server-side programming for online games based on specifications
      2. Online game server, network and database design and development
      Qualifications
      • Three or more years experience with C and C++
      • Windows or Linux server programming experience
      • A great interest in game development for the Phantasy Star series

    You can discuss this news in this forum thread.

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    by Published on Sep 16, 2010 12:10 PM
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    Resident translator Espiokaos has been kind enough to post a lengthy list of new Phantasy Star Online 2 details, taken from last night's TGS teaser video. While some of the details were obscured in translation, there are some very interesting bits that should keep the speculations and discussions going strong until we get some more concrete details about this long-awaited sequel. Here is the list of translated details (some of the more interesting or significant changes are in bold):


  • "Action" and "RPG" re-connected
  • Increased variety of client orders
  • Map functions changing in real time
  • User-created story
  • New interface for environmental interactions
  • Global support
  • Thorough racial balances
  • Full user participation events
  • Seasonal changes
  • New chat system
  • New mail functions
  • Drastic item synthesis overhaul
  • Even wider variety of ways to raise your character
  • New direction of event scenes
  • Approach from NPCs (possibly a new approach to NPCs?)
  • Silhouette changes by add-ons (obscured)
  • New photon arts (obscured)
  • Community supported content (obscured)
  • Additional character customization
  • Category-based weapon training system (obscured)
  • Implementation of asynchronous communication
  • New party system
  • Improved enemy AI / cooperation
  • Limitless content
  • New approach to the game client
  • Implementation of a new "life work" (obscured)
  • Daily surprises
  • "Trump card" system
  • Mutual interaction functionality for new and veteran users

  • There were also a number of words and phrases used in the trailer which may give some insight about PSO2's story and setting: "Awakening", "Sealed stone monument", "Pure Dark Falz" (obscured), "Apostles of _____" (obscured), "Camp ship", "Arkz", "Why is darkness born?", "Why is the Great Light no longer here?", and "A world in ruin." Talk about one heck of puzzle to put together! The full, original list can be found here.


    Feel free to post your predictions or interpretations in our comments section or Phantasy Star Online forum! Thanks again to Espiokaos and Shougai PSO for putting together this great information!

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    by Published on Sep 16, 2010 02:34 AM
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    Viewers of Sega's live video stream from the Tokyo Game Show were the first to catch a glimpse of Sega's upcoming Phantasy Star game for 2011, Phantasy Star Online 2! The surprising reveal took place at the end of a montage which showcased every Phantasy Star game from the past 10 years and also included a peak at Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity, which was recently revealed as well. While no actual game footage was shown, a logo for Phantasy Star Online 2 did appear at the end of the video, along with some basic information indicating that the game would be released sometime in 2011 (presumably in Japan) for the PC.


    Phantasy Star Online 2 Revealed!


    It looks like this is indeed PSO's 10th Anniversary surprise that many were hoping for and we'll likely be finding out more once Sega releases an official statement. We're obviously very excited about this news and will post further details about PSO2 as we get them. In the meantime, check out the the full video HERE (Posted at SegaBits) and feel free to drop by the PSO-World Forums where an active discussion is already taking place about this awesome news!


    Update: a new, high-quality version of the video is available at Sega's new Phantasy Star Portal web site. Check it out here!

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