2nd Media Briefing Summary

This post will likely get longer as details are ironed out. Especially as videos are uploaded to Youtube!

And while I was writing this, one video was uploaded! This one demonstrating some of the upcoming beta features, uploaded by RemiustheAwesome

A video of the entire briefing uploaded by pipochan55.

Official upload of the new trailer included in the briefing:

Official upload of a video demonstrating closed beta features:


Payment Model

Phantasy Star Online 2 will be following a similar payment plan to the JP version of Phantasy Star Universe. PSO2 will be free to play. The game will also be supported by a cash shop, whose currency is the elusive Arks Cash. The client will also be completely free to download. It’s also possible that there may be a subscription based premium model as well, as there seemed to be mentions of limitations on F2P users, but details are thin at the moment.. Update: They’re less thin, now! There will be no subscription model included. It’s only free-to-play with cash-shop.

So yes, you will never have to spend a single penny to play PSO2 if you don’t want to.

Incidentally the client is free to download on all platforms that PSO2 is coming out on, including a surprise one mentioned below!

Closed Beta Announcements

Some new details about the closed beta were announced.Among these:

  • Player cap will be lv30
  • The tests are scheduled to take place late April. No specific dates were given.
  • Unlike the alpha tests, there aren’t any planned maintenance periods. This means that you can play the game for 24 hours in a day if you wanted to.
  • Those who didn’t participate in previous alphas and thus who are not automatically qualified will get an opportunity to sign up soon.

PSO2 – Not Really PC Exclusive Anymore

We already knew about the PSVita version of Phantasy Star Online 2, I bet you didn’t expect there to be a smartphone release of the game as well, did you? You did? Well look at you! Don’t look so smug.

So yeah, PSO2 will also be being released on Android and iOS smartphones. All three platforms will use the same data as each other, meaning you can play as your character on all of them. This does not mean they can all play with each other, however. The below chart explains the interactions between the platforms a bit.

This chart shows that servers are shared between the PSVita and PC versions, meaning that players of these platforms will be able to play with each other (or at least that is the intention). All three versions will have access to the same play data.

Symbol Chat

Yes, symbol chat has made it in to PSO2. It’s considerably more versatile than before, so making phalluses will be much easier.

Like the original symbol-chat, players will get multiple layers to play with. Spam up those lobbies in style!

Other Tidbits

Various bits of info picked up from videos, from skimming the community or from live translations in the feed. Some of this may be fact, some of it may be rumour, who knows!

  • There is a counter that was shown where you could set your “Team Flag”.
    This is the first mention of teams (PSO’s version of guilds) outside of datamining
  • Some new techs observed were Rabarta and Grants..
  • A standalone character creator demo will be released on the 5th of April
  • A benchmarking tool will be released.
  • An EXP Boost special effect attached to a weapon.
  • Three new story characters revealed: Echo, Afin and Zeno.
  • You seem to be able to invite the npcs to your party. PSU-style, perhaps.
  • A playable dartboard in your room that keeps score!
  • Players will have to use a medical counter to heal up, no more auto-healing when you return to lobby
  • “Weapons Holograms” – A room decoration item you can use to show off your loot. Taunt others will all the rares you can’t equip! Players who raise their characters to level 10 in the closed beta will recieve one for free.
First in-game shot of the RAnewearl outfit
Two new story characters, Echo and Zeno
Another new story character! Afin.
Look! New weapon-type, Knuckles! Nah it's actually just a Wired Lance that LOOKS exactly like a pair of Fists. Man, the jokes on you, huh? HA HA HA.

There are more details to come, but for now I will leave you with this.

[Sources: EspioKaos, Famitsu]

2nd Media Briefing Announced! Also Story Character.

So we have a date and time for the 2nd Media Briefing now. Once again it will be broadcast on NicoNico, so you’re going to need an account to watch it live. You can also just wait for someone to upload the recording later to Youtube and I’ll embed it here.

  • Date: 26th March
  • Time: 1:30pm JST
  • Where Here!

For convenience, here’s a selection of timezone conversions done by Ricardo at Bumped.

  • March 26th, 12:30 AM Eastern – This means just after midnight on the 25th!
  • March 25th, 11:30 PM Central
  • March 25th, 10:30 PM Mountain
  • March 25th, 9:30 PM Pacific
  • March 25th, 6:30 PM Hawaii
  • March 26th, 5:30 AM United Kingdom
  • March 26th, 6:30 AM France

The briefing is scheduled to run for 40 minutes. Among the possible subjects the media briefing will cover will be:

  • The schedule for the future, including the Closed Beta Tests and beyond.
  • The fee structure for the official release.
  • Presenting other new information about the game. New for who, I wonder?

Story Character!

Here she is, the first revealed story character for PSO2. What does she do? Well she stories at you, apparently. She appears at you all MYSTERIOUS and gives the player something called a “Matter Board”. Does it matter? Probably. The story won’t matter to non-JP players, however, not unless we get localised subtitles.

Her name is Zion, or Sion. She’s voiced by Megumi Ogata, who is best known for her role as Shinji in Evangelion. Seems a decent time to remind folk that the character voices will also have voice-acted dialogue during the story, so you’re not going to be a mute this time!

So.. Zion, eh? The planets named after demons in The Lesser Key of Solomon? It’s the loosest of links, really, but I wonder what other religious undertones will make it in..


Video!

To finish off this post, a high quality version of the recent PSO2 footage shown at Dengeki 2012 was uploaded and posted onto the official PSO2 blog. Sharing it here!

[Sources: Bumped, PSBlog, PSO-World, 4Gamer]