Sakai updated the official PSO2 blog today with information about the pre-OBT. Without dithering too much let’s to the important details.
Pre OBT Dates and Times
- 15/6/2012: 19:00 – 24:00 JST
- 16/6/2012: 19:00 – 24:00 JST
In other timezones:
- EST: 5:00 – 10:00
- CST: 4:00 – 9:00
- PST: 3:00 – 8:00
- BST: 11:00 – 16:00
- CEST: 12:00 – 17:00
- HADT: 1:00 – 6:00
Next Friday for everybody. If the tests go well the OBT will be starting a week after.
So yes, it will only be for 2 days as I was hoping. It’s also very time limited, which is perfectly reasonable for a stress test.
Reminder that character data will be wiped, but I doubt you’re gonna achieve anything in that time limit anyway.
Another reminder that you do you do not need to uninstall the closed beta client if you still have it.
DO I WIN A PRIZE!?
Yes, you do! If you complete a desert mission with any character, specifically “【プレOBT限定】砂漠任務”, you will unlock the Bouquet Rifle. You won’t need to do anything special to access the quest, as it’s a special quest just for the pre-OBT that will be available from lv1. No need to level up this time, which is a relief given the brevity of the tests.
It sort of sucks that the prize is class specific, especially if you don’t want to play a Ranger. You can however change your class for free, much like you could in PSU, so every character can potentially use the weapon. Update: Turns out all classes may equip the rifle, but only Rangers will be able to use photon arts with it. Much more agreeable!.
Arks Cash Details
As well as unveiling a schedule for the pre-OBT the first details of the pricing for the Cash Shop have been released.
To summarise it, it’s the exact same as Guardians Cash. 1 AC = 1 Yen. That particular rumour turned out to be true.
- 200 AC will buy you one go at the Arks Scratch
- 500 AC will buy you one go at the Arks Scratch GOLD
- 1300 AC will buy you a month’s worth of Premium
- 500 AC will buy you an additional character, or a go at remodelling them
- 300 AC is the rough price for system type items
- 150 AC is the rough price for consumption items
How much is this in other currencies? I’ll list a few of them below. These conversions are accurate on 8th June 2012 and do not take into account any bank charges for foreign transactions.
- £1.63 will buy you one go at the Arks Scratch
- £4.10 will buy you one go at the Arks Scratch GOLD
- £10.65 will buy you a month’s worth of Premium
- £4.10 will buy you an additional character, or a go at remodelling them
- £2.46 is the rough price for system type items
- £1.23 is the rough price for consumption items
- €2.02 will buy you one go at the Arks Scratch
- €5.06 will buy you one go at the Arks Scratch GOLD
- €13.17 will buy you a month’s worth of Premium
- €5.06 will buy you an additional character, or a go at remodelling them
- €3.04 is the rough price for system type items
- €1.51 is the rough price for consumption items
- $2.52 will buy you one go at the Arks Scratch
- $6.31 will buy you one go at the Arks Scratch GOLD
- $16.41 will buy you a month’s worth of Premium
- $6.31 will buy you an additional character, or a go at remodelling them
- $3.78 is the rough price for system type items
- $1.89 is the rough price for consumption items
This isn’t necessarily all the prices, but it should give you an idea of how expensive things are. They are quite expensive, indeed.
Reminder that the regular Arks Scratch has a number of items including clothing, whereas Arks Scratch Gold only has clothing in it.
These payments are of course completely optional. You can download and play the game without ever having to spend a penny.
So what does the premium set include? Going by Bumped:
- My Room
- My Shop
- Exclusive Features Listed Below
- Premium Storage Box
- Item Trader
- Premium Block
- FUN Points Boost
- 30 Days = 1300 AC
- 60 Days = 2500AC
- 90 Days = 3600AC
You can buy premium time in bulk to save a little money. A 60-day ticket will cost 2500AC, saving you a whopping 100AC. A 90-day ticket will cost 3600AC, which saves you 300 AC. This puts the cheapest subscription rate at £9.78GBP, €12.07 and $15.10USD, at current exchange rates. This is still more expensive than a World of Warcraft subscription, even without taking into account bank charges…
Access to My Room and My Shop can also be obtained through the FUN Gacha. Extended storage is not the same as the premium storage and are themselves a separate fee of 700AC per month. Storage is hideously expensive in this game, really, however should you be desperate enough for item space to shell out for it you will be able to retrieve items from your extra storage even after the ticket expires. You can also buy access to My Room and My Shop separately, again for 700 AC per month each (so if you want both you may as well go for the premium set).
There’s a bit of a lack of information about the permanent upgrades to your account, if there even are any. Things like communication and access to trading, hopefully more information will come out as time goes on.
Personally speaking, access to being able to sell things on shops is probably the most vital thing in the premium set. Remember that you don’t need AC to buy things from player shops. As such, that’s really the only item on that list I’d consider getting and even that costs nearly £6 a month. Of all the things here, I think the thing that pisses me off the most is that item trading is a premium exclusive.
[Sources: PSBlog, PSO-World, Bumped, Google calc]