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Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta News and Closed Beta Report
By Ryna at 05/22/2012 - 5:46pm
PSO2The Japanese Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta Test webpage was updated today with news about future beta tests. Here is a brief summary:
  • A "Pre-open Beta" will be held late in late June.
  • Open Beta pre-registration for new accounts will start tomorrow. This will also allow you to play the Pre-Open Beta.
  • Existing accounts should be able to participate in both the Pre-open and Open Betas.
  • There will be a reward for participating in the Pre-open Beta.
  • If the Pre-open Beta is successful, the Open Beta will likely start soon after Pre-open Beta concludes.

In addition, the Closed Beta report was published. Here are some of the highlights:
  • The client was downloaded approximately 147,000 times.
  • Approximately 131,000 people (70% of the accepted testers) logged in sometime during the closed beta testing period.
  • The highest number of simultaenous connected users occured on April 21st with 23,500 users.

Credit goes to Mike for bringing us this news. You can read more about the Closed Beta report and comment on the Beta news in this on-going forum thread.

Update: The registration site has opened.

by Infiniteque on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 10:54pm
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Good stuff. Glad to hear some news, can't wait!

by Scionni on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 3:17am
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F5ing for a link to signup, haha.

by spadge3k00 on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 3:44am
any idea if itll be IP locked ?

by Cypher_9 on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 4:49am
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If it happens then the question would be answered but, personally I feel everything would be fine.

by slave2pso on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 6:42am
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Great. More Betas I won't get to be a part of. Urinate on me some more, why dontcha!

by pokemaniactim on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 7:05am
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Why don't you just apply for the Beta? I just did. lol

by Graven on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 2:24pm
Is it still possible to enter beta?

by cowgoboom18 on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 9:52pm
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where do u go to appy for thde beta

by NitroPenguinz on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 3:30pm
theres a link above that says the registration period is now, click it, if your using chrome use it to translate the Japanese then register a Sega ID. Go yo ur email and complete the registration. Then there should be a button that says use registration or something like that. Scroll down until you reach pso2. click it sign up and then wait for an email then u get to play =]

by tikigod13 on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 10:46am
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Are we going to be able to keep characters from pre beta when it goes into open beta? I know they aren't letting us keep our characters closed.

by ChronoSphere on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 4:09am
Nope. It's mentioned on the site and the mail

by NitroPenguinz on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 4:20pm
oh my god finally, i completely missed the first closed beta. Nows my time to shine. Although i wish someone could publish a tutorial on how to signup, i dont know anything about how to speak Japanese. So yea can someone plz respond if they know how? thanks if you do i really appreciate it =]

by SalemSlighted on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 6:41pm
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Ohh! i just signed up for the Sega ID! I cant wait for my beta test copy ^.^ this will be a first pso experience, since i havent played the original. I am shivering with excitement over this!! (and the japanese is still a pain even with a translator....)

by brian3000 on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 9:04am
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Registering... Sorry if it sounds confusing... Hmm So pretty much go to the "Update: The registration site has opened." above^. Next you have to create a new sega ID and use a new email address that was not already used for a new sega ID. On the page, click the first Big Blue button. Enter your new email address. Register your new sega ID and other info, when your done registering, you will get a new email to finish registering and then you will be able to go to a website they send you that has different other things to register for but only look for pso2. Its pretty much self explanatory from there.

by Bolmack on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 12:18pm
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Can some1 help me to get a sega ID i dont understand japanese and i cant write in katakanas xD rly i dont know how to do it can some1 help me ? D:

by brian3000 on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 1:13pm
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just turn on the "translate this page from japanese to english" in your browser.

by Bolmack on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 2:09pm
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How i do that in mozzila? O_O can some1 help me? please send me a pm

by NitroPenguinz on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 3:17pm
i use mozilla also, just switch over to chrome for a second to do it

by shinkami on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 2:38am
Here is a link on how to do it

by shinkami on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 2:40am
Ok I just signed up. So now...I just wait until late June? Or can I play it right now? Do you download the client from some site or will they send you an email once it's time for the Pre-Open beta?

by NitroPenguinz on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 12:18pm
i was just about to ask about that, as far as i know they will send out emails when the beta starts. just keep your eyes peeled for an email

by shinkami on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 1:07pm
Thx! Really can't wait until then

by NitroPenguinz on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 8:21pm
yea ik i cant wait

by Bluez_nytdine on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 4:50pm
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i registered after the closed beta was finished. is that okay or do i have to do it again?

by Chibi Cast Master on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 10:04am
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chrome helps a lot with this thank god i was able to sign up

by Noxia on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 12:16pm
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Pouny registered for pre-open beta ^.^ I'll pouny you !!!

by Firehouse1983 on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 11:15am
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This should be a lot of fun. I've never participated in a beta before...should be pretty awesome, saying it's the only MMORPG that I ever gave a crap about playing, lol.

by slave2pso on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 2:22pm
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"Pouny" eh? Nice. I think I'll have to steal that, and use it as my character's name. Also guy, it's not an MMORPG (and it's better because of that!)

by thematesV2 on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 4:38pm
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why do people not consider PSO and similar games MMORPGs? here's from wikipedia, under their page for mmorpg: " MMORPGs are distinguished from single-player or small multi-player RPGs by the number of players, and by the game's persistent world (usually hosted by the game's publisher), which continues to exist and evolve while the player is offline and away from the game. PSO2 seems to meet all of those attributes, as did PSO and PSU. I can see calling the PSP games non-mmo, but what makes PSO1-2 not an mmo?

by slave2pso on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 2:53pm
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Because games like PSO, Guild Wars, etc, are heavily instanced in the gameplay areas, while games like WoW (what most people consider the archetype all mmorpg's aspire to) are not, and several hundreds of players can play concurrently in the same gameplay area. Though, Wow does have instanced dungeons, that up to 40 people per group can play in.

by thematesV2 on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 5:52pm
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alright, I get it. still find it silly. thats like saying that metroid isn't a sidescroller/platformer because it's got way more powerups and moves much more organically than mario bros, which most sidescrollers aspire to be like. Not trying to troll at all, I just find the more recent "re-categorizing" of games irksome. (like zelda games "not being rpgs"... haha)

by slave2pso on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 7:44am
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Games can comprise of several different genre elements, but when stamping a genre to a game, for brevity sake, typically it's the most prevalent genre the game represents. In Zelda's case, it's not the RPG aspect that's the most prevalent - it's the action adventure (or whatever genre Zelda is defined as these days). And going back to MMO's, games like PSO are simply called: "Multiplayer RPG's", and can't be considered true MMO's, because they're heavily instanced, and you're not playing with a MASSIVE amount of players at a time. I think Guild Wars is still classified as MMORPG, despite being heavily instanced. It might have something to do with the fact that, ostensibly, from afar, it looks like a traditional MMO, so people call it an MMORPG; I don't know, I don't play that game, so can't speak for it.

by thematesV2 on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 1:59pm
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so i guess I agree with most of that. I don't remember anyone ever calling a game a "multiplayer rpg" though. It fits, but i've never heard it. it's either an online rpg, or an mmo. so how many other games exist where you can play online with massive mount of people. rather than massive mounts in lobbys, and minimal amounts in fields/dungeons? I haven't played many "mmorpgs" but every one I have, it's limited to 3-6 players in field, then any number in lobby. James

by slave2pso on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 10:24am
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Sorry, I meant to add "online" to "Multiplayer online RPG" - that is the genre PSO is classified as. There are several MMORPG's out there, such as: Everquest, Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV, Lord of the Rings online, Conan online, Aion, Tera, Ragnarok online, Lineage, etc. I'm like you though, I mostly play multiplayer online RPG's, like PSO; I prefer playing either solo or with a small group, where it's less chaotic and easier to strategise.

by cowgoboom18 on Mon, 05/28/2012 - 3:09pm
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ok im in and waiting to get my beta copy cant wait

by Travezy on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 4:04pm
When you register for a Japanese SEGA ID would that be your Global SEGA ID or just for the Japanese region/version of the game do you think?

by AncientRemnants on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 8:10pm
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このたびは、『ファンタシースターオンライン2』に ご登録いただき、ありがとうございます。 お客様のサービス利用登録が完了いたしました。 ※ご登録に使用した「SEGA ID」「パスワード」の紛失や  登録メールアドレスの不備には十分ご注意ください。 ※本メールはシステムより自動送信されています。  本メールに返信されましても、返答できませんので  ご了承ください。 What Exactly does this mean... my google crome wont translate email messages for some reason. (update) Never mind... it translated it when i posted the comment

by xenokai on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 8:18pm
can i use my US account to sign up or do i need to make a new account?

by Crawfeesh on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 12:35pm
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I have registered, but how do I access my sega ID account?

by shadowfox09 on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 4:22pm
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gah i can't translate the image authentication. how'd you guys do it?

by NitroPenguinz on Mon, 06/04/2012 - 6:49pm
i googled katakana and looked at the authentication and just copied and pasted, it didn't work, but i dont think thats actually the invite

by Stearns on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 11:01am
Got an invite as well but can't confirm it due the image authentication being in katakana. Any workaround?

by NitroPenguinz on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 9:07pm
well, they sent out invites for the beta but the site is down lol

by NitroPenguinz on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 2:29pm
nvm was some other crap

by cowgoboom18 on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 8:18am
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So when are the invites going out dose anyone know or are they out now and if so who got one? lucky if u did

by NitroPenguinz on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 2:30pm
late june

by cowgoboom18 on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 6:24pm
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awsome thanks

by Rootsuki on Sun, 06/03/2012 - 10:34pm
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Maybe a dumb question. Will we have to sign into our Sega id's to obtain the pre-beta? Also, if we have the software for the closed-beta will that allow us to participate?

by PSchiZ on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 3:26pm
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What exactly do you mean 'obtain'? Obtain as download the software? And yes, you're supposed to keep the closed beta software for further updates for the game

by Rootsuki on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 4:02pm
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Yes, in other words, is the sega id needed to play the pre-beta? I only ask because I don't know if the closed-beta software has anything to do with it.


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