Sega has confirmed that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released on the Playstation 4 in Japan sometime in 2016. This announcement was made during the 2015 ARCS Festival event livestream. No details for the Playstation 4 version have been announced. However, Kotaku contacted a Sega representative about the possibility of the PS4 version being released in the West. This was the representative's response: "SEGA is currently not planning to release the PS4 version of Phantasy Star Online 2 outside of Japan."
Sega of Japan announced today that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be receiving a TV anime series in 2016. According to Famitsu, this series will be known as Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation and feature an original story. No other details have been announced at this time.
This will not be the first time Phantasy Star Online 2 has been featured in an animation series. Weapons and enemies from Phantasy Star Online 2 were recently featured in the Hi-sCool! Seha Girls series.
The third annual Phantasy Star Online 2Arks Player Report was released earlier today. This report provides detailed player statistics on race/class breakdowns, bust sizes, and what the most popular Photon Arts are. An an example, here is the information provided for the race, gender, and class report:
As most of you are aware of by now, the official PSO2 site and servers, as well as some related PSO2 sites, have been under intermittent DDoS attacks since late last week. SEGA brought their official site back online Tuesday and has also released an update on the situation.
In their update, SEGA mentions the intermittent nature of the attacks and notes that they may have to stop service to the official site again if attacks intensify. In that event, players are encouraged to get updates via SEGA's official accounts on various social media outlets. At the time of the update, services that were still down included the download servers for the PC game client and character creation trial, AC purchase, and login to all versions of the game (PC, Vita, and smartphone).
Further maintenance to the official site will be carried out on Thursday to reinforce their protection measures and another update will be released on that day, as well. As a result of the downtime experienced due to these incidents, SEGA will be looking to reschedule various events and campaigns and will also be considering some form of compensation to players. More details will be announced at a later time.
If you're seeing this post, then you also know that PSOW is online again as well. Welcome back! We hope to avoid any further downtime, but please hang in there if we experience any more hiccups in service. We've made some changes to the site, so if you run into any bugs or other issues, please contact us and let us know. We'll be doing our best to keep things up and running and appreciate your patience and support!
In case you haven't been following this week, here are some of the current hot topics to check out:
- ARKS "United Front Festival 2014" Triple Campaign
Campaign Period is between Maintenance 15th January 2014 and Maintenance 12th February 2014 with rewards being sent out in March 2014. The three campaign are as follow:
- New Player Campaign: free present for new players
- AC Charge Campaign: rewards for charging 500AC & more
- Friend Campaign: rewards for players with more than 4 or 12 friends
- Arks Bingo Web Panel Event 2014!
This year, there are 20 panels to unlock. Currently, 14 panels have unlocked at 2.25 million points.
- Favorite NPC Elections!
Vote for your favorite NPC and we could get items based on the election winner(s).
We're looking to make the news page a bit more active, despite the lack of PSO2 Western release news these days. The forums continue to be a great source of PSO2 information and discussions, so we'll be trying to post regular highlights of some of the most popular discussions. We hope to do this at least weekly, while we work to get back into a more regular news-posting routine. Here are some of the current hot topics for you to check out:
- PSO2 Episode 2 - Deluxe Package for both PC and PS VITA. Member Meji has just picked up this little news piece from Sega.
- Also, due to a serious issue from PSO2 JP's weekly update, there is an Emergency Maintenance.
Edit: Maintenance is over. Servers are back online.
- Next, check out Sega's new trailer of future content.
Check back for new additions as they are added. Thanks to Meji, Horo The Wise Wolf, AIDA and Shinamori for the updates.
This morning, at Sony Computer Entertainment's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, SEGA announced its latest installment in the Phantasy Star franchise, Phantasy Star Nova. The game, set in the same universe as Phantasy Star Online 2, will be an exclusive to the Playstation Vita and will feature an offline, single-player story, as well as online co-op for up to four players.
The title is being developed by tri-Ace, also known for games in the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile franchises. There was no indication if Phantasy Star Nova might make it to the West, but it is slated for a 2014 release in Japan. More details are to be revealed next week, during the 2013 Tokyo Game Show.
A big thanks to everyone who posted about this news in our forums! We'll be sure to post more updates as they become available. In the meantime, feel free to check out the ongoing discussion here!
Update: More details have emerged, courtesy of Shogai PSO and Mike in our forums, be sure to check them out in the forum tags above!
Once again, the PSOW Phasion Group is back to present their biggest Art Contest yet.
This contest will open from July 4 to August 4. Its unique reward style is having more prizes available when there are more submissions. There are three categories to enter: Photoshop, Artwork, and Portrait. Contestants can enter one in each category for more chances to win.
Although the contest is mainly about PSO2, the contest is open to all PSOW members, whether playing PSO2 or not. For more details, follow the link.