• PSO2

    by Published on Jan 18, 2013 12:39 PM
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    SEGA has revealed more details on their upcoming concert, "Sympathy 2013", commemorating the Phantasy Star Series' 25th anniversary. The concert will be performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Masamichi Amano, and will feature at least 10 different pieces taken from a variety of past and present Phantasy Star games, including the opening theme for Phantasy Star Online 2.



    In addition to the great music, attendees of the concert will receive special PSO2 item codes for items such as a Guitar Case rifle, Sonichi mag evolution device, nine different room items (including Grand Piano, Drum Set, Jukebox, etc.), four different music discs, and a Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary logo sticker. See image below for most of the items:



    Sympathy 2013 will take place March 30th, 2013 at the Hibiya Public Hall in Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Tickets can be purchased for 7,300 or 7,800 (about $81 & $87 USD).

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    by Published on Jan 16, 2013 11:23 AM
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    The latest update to Phantasy Star Online 2 brings yet another campaign from SEGA. Any players completing one of two emergency quests during the campaign period will receive (99) Grinders as a reward.


    The campaign will run from January 16, 2013 through January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:00am JST (Jan 22 @ 9pm EST, 8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST). The quests, as well as some schedule times when they will be appearing, are as follows:



    Approaching the Abyss (Falz Hunar) - ????????

  • January 18th @ 11:00am JST
  • January 19th @ 2:00pm & 12 midnight JST
  • January 20th @ 11:00am JST
  • Gigantic Mecha Awakening (Big Vardha) - ????????
  • January 18th @ 2:00pm & 12 midnight JST
  • January 19th @ 11:00am JST
  • January 20th @ 2:00pm & 12 midnight JST
  • Rewards from this campaign will be distributed to players' storage boxes during regular maintenance on January 30th, 2013.

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    by Published on Jan 15, 2013 12:57 PM
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    This week's maintenance for Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) is extended and will be starting earlier than normal, with the servers going offline starting at 2:00am JST on January 16th and lasting through 5:00pm JST. For those in the West, this means the servers will be down the rest of today (Jan 15th), with maintenance taking place from 12 Noon EST (11am CST, 10am MST, 9am PST) to 3:00am EST (2am CST, 1am MST, 12am PST).


    In addition, AC purchase and update downloading will be unavailable for at least the first two hours of this 15-hour maintenance window. While you're waiting, be sure to head over to the PSO2 forums, which are said to temporarily relieve symptoms of withdrawal.


    Update & WebMoney Award (Free 1000 FUN ticket): Maintenance is now complete. In addition, SEGA has announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 won WebMoney's 2012 "Rookie of the Year" award and is giving anyone who logged in between November 21st and December 26th a 1000 FUN ticket. This ticket, as well as any other items earned through the Christmas and New Year's campaigns, should now be in the special storage box for qualifying players.


    SEGA has also released a list of AC and FUN scratch that will be taken out of the rotation during next week's regular maintenance on January 23rd. You can view the full list here.

    by Published on Jan 15, 2013 01:32 AM
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    The first day of beta testing for PSO2 (JP) Vita has officially started. If you are one of the selected testers, you'll have until 11pm JST (9am EST / 8am CST / 7am MST / 6am PST) to get in some play time during this first phase of testing. There will be four more testing windows and the schedule can be found in our previous article.


    In addition, SEGA has posted a list of things that PSO2 Vita testers should know, such as certain restrictions or changes that apply to the beta. Here's a summarized list (these should apply to the future testing days as well):

  • Classes restricted to Hunter, Ranger, Force up to lvl 30 - No subclasses, no EXcubes
  • Available quests include normal/hard for Forest, Caves, Urban areas (some EQ and rankings)
  • No badge or net cafe shops
  • Maximum mag level of 50
  • First matter board only
  • 10,000 AC will be given for free, but additional AC cannot be purchased
  • The enhanced premium set from PSO2 PC is not included.
  • A special version of AC scratch and FUN scratch will be used exclusively for the beta.
  • Game balance will differ from PSO2 PC for leveling and teams, adjusted specifically for the beta
  • Items required for some client orders have been adjusted
  • Weapon "Potential" abilities are not include, but other weapon enhancing features will work as normal (grinding, ability add, etc).
  • Players will not be able to transfer ships, use friend invite, redeem item codes, or access Toro and Kuro.
  • All character data and AC will be deleted when the beta is over
  • Your Sony Entertainment Network account linked with your Sega ID at the start of the beta will be reset after testing ends.
  • For more information, discussion, and a list of other testers, be sure to head over to the beta tester's thread in our forums. Have fun!

    by Published on Jan 9, 2013 12:46 AM
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    Today's content update for Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) brings a new, and highly anticipated, escape quest and Arkz clone emergency trial. In the new quest, players will be abducted and transported to the Darker's Den (this happens randomly when starting a quest), where they will have to escape with their lives. Those who escape and are deemed powerful enough will be cloned by the darkers and will appear in a rare emergency trial. It will be possible to face clones of yourself, as well as friends, with increased rewards for defeating them.


    Initial information on this update was posted back in December in a previous story and additional details, as well as a teaser video, can be found here. The technical specs of this patch are as follows:

  • Update Size: 60MB
  • Launcher Version: 01.05.01
  • Game Version: 1.0201.5
  • First Time Download Size: 5.4GB

  • We'll update this article with more details as they become available. In the meantime, be sure to check out the above thread, where info on the update is being consolidated (thanks Sasuga!). This first update of the year is looking to be a lot of fun and we're looking forward to the stories of PSOW members defeating (or being defeated by) each other's clones!

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    by Published on Jan 9, 2013 12:26 AM
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    SEGA has launched their official player's site for PSO2 Vita's closed beta test and emails to all 50,000 selected testers (chosen by lottery out of more than 100,000 applicants) have been sent out. If you were one of the lucky ones to get invited, there are some details posted on the new site that you'll want to be aware of and below is a brief rundown for your convenience.



    For starters, players will only be able to access the test servers on six designated testing days, and only during certain hours on those days. Those days and times are as follows:

  • January 15th, 2013 from 3:00pm - 11:00pm JST
  • January 17th, 2013 from 3:00pm - 11:00pm JST
  • January 19th, 2013 from 3:00pm - 11:00pm JST
  • January 23rd, 2013 from 3:00pm - 11:00pm JST
  • January 25th, 2013 from 3:00pm - 11:00pm JST
  • January 26th, 2013 from 3:00pm - 11:00pm JST
  • January 25th @ 3:00pm JST - January 26th @ 11:00pm JST (32 hours, Updated!)
  • For those of you in the US, that eight-hour testing window is going to start at 1:00am EST (12am CST / 11pm MST / 10pm PST) and end at 9:00am EST (8am CST / 7am MST / 6am PST).


    If you received an acceptance email, you'll need to enter the included code into the Japanese Playstation Store to download (Wi-Fi only) the client. The game will require that you have more than 2GB of free space. SEGA also mentions that accounts with chat restrictions due to parental controls will be unable to play the game and that setting will need to be disabled.



    During the beta test, players can report any issues using a special form that SEGA has set up here. Also be sure to check out this thread in the forums if you want to meet up with other testers from PSOW and the EN community (thanks Crystal_Shard).

    by Published on Jan 7, 2013 06:42 PM
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    SEGA's latest update on its war against cheating indicates that a whopping 188,683 accounts were suspended during the month of December for malicious activity. In related news, somebody, somewhere, has got to be getting ridiculously tired of making new accounts for Phantasy Star Online 2.


    We're assuming that the vast majority of these accounts are a result of bots or other automated nuisances, but the number does also include players trying to purchase or sell in-game currency through RMT, as well as those attempting to use cheat programs or commit fraud. While the number does still appear quite large when considering the recent milestone of one-million registered users, SEGA's waves of mass suspensions likely have cheaters and RMTers in a continuous cycle of creating new accounts (it is a free game, after all).


    Nonetheless, it's good to see that SEGA continues to bloody its ban hammer in an effort to keep PSO2's servers clean. We'll be hoping to see the same efforts once the game inevitably releases in the West this year!

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    by Published on Dec 27, 2012 05:22 AM
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    The official Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) player's site has been updated with new information regarding January 9th's upcoming content update, which is being called something along the lines of "A Future Worse Than Death". This will be the update featuring the much talked about Arkz clones and corresponding quest that will have players trying to escape from the Darker's Den. In addition to the new info, which we'll cover below, a new video has been released which highlights the content updates for late December and early January, check it out:



    Okay, so back to those clones. Briefly covered in a previous story, a new quest will be added in January in which the camp ship may be taken over by Darkers (this quest may be called, "Abducted & Cloned"). In this event, players will be transported to the Darker's Den and must escape without being able to return to the camp ship. Upon successfully completing this new "escape quest", players will be cloned by the Darkers and may appear to fight future players running the quest.


    During the quest, players may encounter an emergency trial where they will battle clones of other Arkz, and possibly even themselves or friends. These clones will drop items, just like any other enemy, but defeating clones of yourself or friends will yield even better drops. The clones will have the same appearance, weapons, and even auto-words as their original player. The probability of getting this emergency trial is said to be low. It's also worth noting that it was previously mentioned that defeating a clone of yourself might also give a special title.



    Thanks to mailsonds for posting the news about the new video in our forums, where a discussion is already underway!

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    by Published on Dec 26, 2012 01:09 PM
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    There are a number of news updates from yesterday and today for Phantasy Star Online 2, including new videos for PSO2 Vita, New Year's scratch rotation, and some new campaigns. If you've been following the latest discussions in the forums, you probably already know about most of these, but here's a convenient recap for everyone who has had a busy (and hopefully happy) holiday so far:


    PSO2 Vita - Intro and Promo Videos Released



    The above intro video for PSO2 Vita is pretty fun and exciting, so be sure to check it out. A promotional video for the game was also released, highlighting some of the features in the Vita version of PSO2 (which are basically the same features you'll find in PSO2's PC counterpart, aside from some of the differences we previously covered):



    December 26th Client Update:

    Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) underwent regularly scheduled maintenance on the 26th, bringing and end to Christmas content and making way for New Year's AC & Fun Scratch rotations. The new costumes can be seen on our previous article here and a full listing of costumes and accessories can be seen on the official PSO2 JP player's site. In addition, players will now receive (5) grinders instead of (1) through FUN scratch. Here are the technical details of this latest patch:

  • Update Size: 15MB
  • Launcher Version: 01.05.01
  • Game Version: 1.0201.3
  • First Time Download Size: 5.4GB
  • New Holiday Campaigns & Player Survey:

    SEGA has launched several new campaigns for new player registration, AC purchase, and Webmoney. The new player registration campaign will reward all new SEGA ID registrants who sign up for PSO2 game service (between December 26th, 2012 and January 23, 2013) with a Miniature Rappy room decoration. Prizes will be distributed in February 2013.



    The AC purchase and Webmoney campaigns will both run from December 26th, 2012 through January 16th, 2013 at 11:00 JST. Anyone purchasing 2000AC or 5000AC during the campaign will qualify for the following rewards:

  • 2000AC: (99) Grinders, (1) Photon Sphere, (1) EXP +50% booster
  • 5000AC: (1) Rappy Suit
  • 5000AC+ (through Webmoney only): Entry into Webmoney drawing
  • The Webmoney drawing will feature (5) Grand Prize winners, each receiving 50,000 points of Webmoney. An additional (100) winners will receive 1,000 points. Remember, you must purchase AC through Webmoney to qualify for the drawing, but this method is not required for the grinders & rappy suit rewards.


    Lastly, SEGA is holding their 2nd player's questionnaire for PSO2, giving players a chance to send in their suggestions and ideas. The questionnaire will be available from December 26th, 2012 through January 15, 2013 and everyone who participates will receive an item code for a 500 FUN ticket (to be distributed in February 2013). Sega also would like to remind everyone that item codes distributed from previous events throughout the year will be expiring on December 31st, 2012, so be sure to redeem them before then!

    by Published on Dec 21, 2012 06:06 PM
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    In an update on the official Phantasy Star Online 2 player's site today, SEGA apologized for the large number of issues resulting from December 5th's maintenance, which included a number of server optimizations to better support PSO2's Vita release.


    The issues, which ranged from infinite loading screens to crazy character and texture glitches, were patched in an emergency update on December 6th and again in this week's December 19th update.


    To appease the masses and say "sorry" in a way that people generally respond well to, SEGA is giving out tons of free grinders; 50 per person, to be exact. The grinders were delivered today to players' storage boxes. In order to have received them, you must have logged in sometime between the December 5th and December 19th server maintenance periods. Enjoy, everyone!

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