Rumourmill – Global Servers

Starting with an easy one. “Global Support” was a phrase that came up during the initial press release for PSO2 at the Tokyo Game Show. One of the initial teaser trailers for PSO2 also had English text in it. This has lead people to speculate that this not only means that an English release is going to happen but that also the servers will be global, as in all PSO2 players will be playing to the same schedule and can access the same servers, as people used to be able to with the Dreamcast version of PSO. 

Real or Rumour? 

As of yet, nothing has actually confirmed wether or not the servers will be regionally split. In fact a western release hasn’t even been announced, nor has there been much of a fuss on Sega of America’s side about PSO2 in general. That said, it’s too early to disregard the possibility of a western release, but I have a feeling that global servers in the way a lot of people interpreted the phrase from the trailer will not come to be.

What we Know

As far as servers go, from the media briefing we know that there will be “World Servers” and that these will operate much in the same way as entrances did for PSU JP. For those outside the Phantasy Star franchise, think seperate realm servers on games like World of Warcraft or Aion, but not like district servers in Guild Wars. The characters you create on a particular world server can only interact with other characters on the same world server, so much like most mmos you will need to decide with your friends which servers to create characters on or else you won’t be able to play with each other. Not without having to create characters from scratch. Sakai has stated that he’s thinking about allowing character transfers but I anticipate that, like World of Warcraft, it will come with a price on the user.

As it is, I somehow doubt that the servers will be truly global, but as it is there is no information to suggest for sure either way. For now, this remains a rumour. As for “Global support” or “Global development”, if that’s referring to a synchronized content schedule for multiple regions of the game then we’ve heard that one before.

New Race/Class Concept Art

Some new concept art has been revealed in an uploaded magazine scan.

From left to right we have male Newman Hunter (HUnewm), male Newman Force (FOnewm), female Newman Force (FOnewearl), female CAST Force (FOcaseal) and male CAST Force (FOcast). The classes that were present in PSO are very clearly based on their old selves.

Looks like Caseals, or female CASTS, will get the choice of fleshy faces at least. Male casts are completely mecha in all screens and videos featuring them, so far. Personally I really like the look of them. Not a fan of the male Newman Hunter there (cool suit, but he looks like a GIRL) but who cares about male Newmans anyway. If you do, you shouldn’t.

Their designs are a bit busy, perhaps, but I’m glad that they didn’t continue in the direction that the artwork the PSU franchise went in, which seemed to get increasingly moe as time went by.

Customizable!

Let’s just get this one out of the way, ladies and gentlemen.

Yes. They’re boobs. They’re those things that girls have. Yes, girls. You know, those things you stalk or stare at with binoculars or through windows. So desperately wishing you could understand them.
Just one bit of the impressive character creator unveiled in the PSO2 media briefing and something that subsequent PSO2 newsletters as well as fansites and forums have taken particular notice of.

What can you say about this, really? Sakai um, is a little creepy perhaps, but he really knows his audience.

Kudos go to whoever made this gif!

Intro to the PSO2Blog! What this is.

The PSO2 Media briefing is out. With it came new details of the game’s features both in progress and on the drawing board. PSO fans rejoice as their beloved Mags will be making a return to the series, while some PSU fans may well jeer at the idea of having to find your Photon Arts rather than grind them up through repetition. Perhaps unfortunately for all, still no news on wether or not the US will have it’s own separated servers like before with PSU and PSO:BB, or if they’ll be global instead.

I felt like a more opinionated blog is necessary among all the information gathering done by the more hard working members of the Phantasy Star community. Well ok not necessary perhaps, but useful to some people maybe! Here I will be sharing my own thoughts on the various things announced by SEGA, shared by news and then translated for the consumption of us filthy gaijins. This platform I hope will also serve as a place to comment on the community as I see it, sharing rumours and on release as a place to share guides for those who wish to play on the japanese servers. It will also serve as a place to share my own speculations as well as perhaps others.

I am a long time player of various online Phantasy Star games. I began playing PSO on the Gamecube before moving on to PSO:Blue Burst. I then moved on to Phantasy Star Universe and for some reason I am still playing it despite it’s abhorrent treatment in the western market. Of course I migrated to the Japanese servers some time ago.

Anyways! To summarise: This is less a news blog, more a thoughts blog. This will only cover PSO2 and things related to PSO2.