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Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) - Call of Mortality Part 2 & Halloween Update is Live!
By Tomeeboy at 10/24/2012 - 9:42am

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!

    SEGA To Stop Accepting American Express for Arks Cash (AC) Purchases
    By Tomeeboy at 10/22/2012 - 9:51am

    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.

    PSO2 (JP) Arks Party, November Update Info, and a Giant Rappy
    By Tomeeboy at 10/20/2012 - 4:05pm

    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.

    New Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) Costumes Highlighted on Official Blog
    By Tomeeboy at 10/19/2012 - 9:30am

    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!

    Dengeki Special Edition PSO2 Issue Includes Guides and Giant Scythe
    By Tomeeboy at 10/18/2012 - 1:29pm

    A special edition of Dengeki Playstation magazine, titled "Phantasy Star Online 2" is coming out on October 20th, 2012 and contains a code for an in-game item. The publication, mentioned today in a post on the JP players site and also on Dengeki's web site, is said to contain a plethora of information on items, classes, client orders, mags, drops and more. In addition, it includes interviews with PSO2 producer Satoshi Sakai and director Yuuya Kimura, as well as talk about the future of the game. All information is said to be up-to-date with the most recent content update.

    Each issue will carry a price tag of 1,100 Yen and will also contain a code redeemable for a Phantasy Star Online 2 weapon named "Tradicion / Nacht" (ディシオン/ナハト), which looks like a giant scythe. It is currently available for purchase at

    Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) Call of Mortality: Part 2 - Plus Halloween Event
    By Tomeeboy at 10/17/2012 - 2:02am

    A new video has been released by SEGA showcasing "Part 2" of the Call of Mortality content update, which includes an upcoming Halloween Event, as well as some other additions to PSO2.

    Prepare yourselves for Halloween lobbies, NPCs, costumes, themes, rappies, MAGS, missions, and more! In addition, it appears that additional Very Hard missions will be added for Frozen Tundra through Floating Continent, complete with new rare variations of De Malmoths, Snow Banshees, Signo Beats, and others to fight. Also included will be a new FUN rotation. Take a look:

    The update is slated for an October 24th release (next week's update) and it looks like the Halloween event will be running through November 21st, 2012. A big thanks to PSOW member Z-0 for posting the news in our PSO2 forums! Further details and discussion can be found in this thread.

    PSO2 (JP) One Millionth ID Event Update - Prize Details and Official Sites Launched
    By Tomeeboy at 10/17/2012 - 12:42am

    In a massive update to the Phantasy Star Online 2 Japanese players site, SEGA has officially kicked off the festivities surrounding the recently announced one-millionth player ID celebration. An official page for the celebration has been launched, detailing the four events that will take place between October 17th, 2012 and November 7, 2012. The events are listed below.

    Event #1 - 100 Prize Giveaway (10/17/12 to 11/7/12) - Just log in during the event period for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • (2) Alienware M14x laptops with an original Phantasy Star Online 2 design
  • (10) Tickets to the 2013 25th Anniversary concert for the Phantasy Star Series
  • (30) Commemorative 1-millionth User ID t-shirts
  • (20) Phantasy Star Posters autographed by the development team
  • (38) Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Collection soundtrack CDs.

  • Event #2 - In-game Item Rewards (10/24/12 to 11/7/12) - Just log in during the event period and receive the following in-game rewards:

  • (1) +50% EXP Booster
  • (1) +50% Rare Drop Booster
  • (1) +50% Meseta Drop Booster
  • +100 Bonus FUN (+200 for Premium) DAILY
  • Additional Bonus FUN for consecutive daily logins during event period (+50 / 100 daily on Day 3, +100 / 200 daily on Day 5).

  • Event #3 - Arkz Museum ATTACK Screenshot Contest (10/17/12 to 11/7/12) - Submit "attack" themed screenshots of your character performing any damaging attack. Screenshots will be selected to be published in a special report at a later date. Players who have their screenshot selected will received a gold Medal of Gratitude exclusive room decoration.

  • Screenshot submissions can be uploaded on the official site for the event.
  • Two screenshots must be submitted (one with your player ID showing, one without)
  • Screenshots may not be showing other enemies or players (photon blast creatures are okay).
  • No chat or UI should appear in the shots
  • Screenshots have a 1MB size limit
  • Do not crop images.
  • Submissions not sent via the official form will not be accepted.

  • Event #4 (3 Campaigns) - (10/17/12 to 11/7/12):

    Matter Board Campaign: Players who obtain the 2nd and 4th matter boards by the end of the event period will receive in-game gifts:

  • (2) +50% Rare Drop Boosters (2 boards)
  • (2) +10% Grind Success Rate Boosters (4 boards)

  • Premium Set Campaign: Players who purchase a 30, 60, or 90 day premium set will receive an in-game gift:

  • (2) +10% Ability Add Booster

  • One-time Password Campaign: Players who set up a one-time password by the end of the campaign will receive a gift:

  • One day premium set

  • This is basically attaching an authenticator to your SEGA ID account. Upon login, you'll need to enter a second password which is only valid for a short amount of time. The code can be generated by software installed on your mobile device. For players comfortable enough to attempt this, additional information can be found on the player site here.

    For more information and discussion on these events, be sure to head over to the PSO2 Forums!

    Phantasy Star Online 2 (JP) 10/17 Game Update is Live!
    By Tomeeboy at 10/16/2012 - 9:56pm

    Phantasy Star Online 2's regularly scheduled maintenance for October 17th, 2012 has completed and is available for download. As part of this update, players should see reduced costs for mates, grinding materials, medical center boosts, and other vendor-related items. The changes were first announced in last week's update from PSO2 producer Satoshi Saki regarding the game economy and player concern about the reduced vendor sell prices.

    After the update, players should be running launcher version 01.03.04 (identified in lower left of launcher) and game version 1.0102.2 (displayed in lower right of the title screen).

    Update: Haven't had a chance to log in yet? New item prices have been posted in the PSO2 Forum! Thanks BIG OLAF!

    Phantasy Star Online 2 Performing Better Than Expected in Japan
    By Tomeeboy at 10/16/2012 - 1:09am

    If the announcement of the one-millionth registered user didn't tip you off that PSO2 is doing great in Japan, a newly released financial document should help relieve any remaining doubt.

    On Monday, Sega Sammy Holdings released a revision to their earnings forecast, originally posted back in May, for the first half of the fiscal year ending in March 2013. Within the document, Phantasy Star Online 2 is noted for it's success in reaching over one million registered players and earnings from the game are said to be "exceeding projections." In addition, sales of packaged software are said to have been strong.

    It's not all good news, though, as Sega Sammy's other big business division, involving gaming machines (such as pachinko machines), had its sales projections reduced significantly due to a weak market and review of its sales schedule. This dropped the company's consolidated net income forecast by 42.9% (or 1.5 billion yen), despite the strong performance of the consumer business division and PSO2.

    Regardless, it's nice to hear that Phantasy Star Online 2 is doing well and exceeding SEGA's expectations in Japan. This can only be a good sign for the future of the game and it's impending US release!

    SEGA Cracking Down on RMT and Cheaters in PSO2 (JP)
    By Tomeeboy at 10/12/2012 - 12:02pm

    In a post on the official Phantasy Star Online 2 players site Friday, SEGA reminded players about Article 10 Section 14 of the PSO2 Terms of Use, which prohibits the buying or selling of in-game items in exchange for real world currency, commonly known as Real Money Transactions (RMT). The post goes on to say that SEGA will take strict actions, such as account suspensions, against any accounts that participate in these transactions, regardless of the circumstances or reason.

    With reports of suspicious characters and potential gold farming exploiters becoming somewhat common, it is probably safe to assume that some of the recent economic changes, made during the the 10/10 content update, will also serve a dual purpose of hindering common practices used when farming in-game currency for RMT sale. While not noted in the official patch notes, SEGA did also implement a new cheat detection system during Tuesday's update. This new system, revealed by PSO2 producer Sakai in a supplemental update to yesterday's emergency maintenance, will help SEGA better detect cheaters and suspend their accounts.

    These problems are certainly nothing new to online games, but it is good to see SEGA taking an active and early approach to dealing with them. Players can help, too, by reporting suspicious activity through a special form on the official Japanese player site. Have any thoughts on how SEGA is handling things so far? Feel free to share them in the comments section, or over in the PSO2 forums!


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