Rumour Mill: Yasminkov4000F The Austere Slayer

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This information comes from a Japanese blog here, which goes into some detail about a lot of the stuff shown at the last live broadcast event. The interesting part is the data on weapons a little way into the post. I plan to talk more about those when they’re actually released in a few days, but for now I’m going to focus on the one weapon.

I’m filing this under the rumour mill because I have no idea where the above post got most of its data from. As a result, I can’t verify most of this.

Stronger than Austere!?


If that blog is right then Yasminkov 4000F boasts a whopping 1590 R-Atk at +35, which is a whole 3 R-Atk stronger than Austere Cannon. It comes with the same potential that Double Cannon has, which is 15% boosted damage and 15% increased PP consumption at Lv3 (it’s currently 30% but it’ll be changed to 15% with this update. This affects all weapons with this latent!). Given Austere Cannon’s potential is 11% increased damage, this means that Yasminkov4000F will be the strongest Launcher in the game, though it will have that 15% PP consumption drawback.

I feel like this is at least somewhat significant if it turns out to be true, because while there are weapons that do beat out Austere in specific niches as far as I’m aware this would be the first one to out-class them almost in general.

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Possibly the first weapon that almost unconditionally out-damages its Austere counterpart and it looks like a Nerf gun… According to the blog, it seems like it’ll be an area drop from the Vegas field.

I’ve been wondering how long it would be before Austere weapons would be out-classed. As MMOs progress in content, they typically add new tiers of gear to go along with new tiers of enemies. So it’s potentially a matter of time before Austere weapons are out-classed. PSO2 tends to do this kind of progression very slowly for better or worse, so your time invested into Austere weapons probably won’t go to waste anytime soon.

There’s two big things that as far as I’m concerned makes making a new tier sort of awkward right now. For one thing there are no new tiers of content on the horizon, though with how long it’s been delayed it can only be assumed that Ultimate Amduscia will arrive with it. It’s the only way I can imagine them making the area relevant, especially if future waves of weapons end up competing with Austere.

The other big thing is the significance of Austere weapons themselves. They do come from essentially the most destructive force in the PSO2 universe so it’d be strange if just a general trash mob on earth dropped something better. Completing them also kind of requires you to run a large amount of content including Extreme Quests, various quests with Lv75+ Dark Falz enemies, Challenge Quests (sorta) and Ultimate Quests. While many of the items do have alternative ways of getting them now, making these weapons obsolete could also make a large amount of content pointless to run which is an issue they haven’t had to deal with in previous tiers…

Guess we’ll see in a few days!

Possible Hint of PSO2’s Localized Development?

enthusiastic-dorfThis one sits quite firmly in rumourville territory, even if it’s just my own speculation. Sega posted up a job advert here. In case the listing is taken down at a later point, I’ll also include a screenshot below.

GET-A-JOBSee? Told I’d you post a screen-shot. Anyway, as you can see it’s a position with Relic Entertainment. Relic was bought up by Sega in January last year. They’re a studio known for such games as Homeworld, Company of Heroes and a number of Warhammer 40,000 games. None of which I can say I’ve played or even really know all that much about.

So could this be it? Could this be how PSO2 will finally arrive in the US? As a project managed by Relic? I can’t think of any other major established Japanese MMOs that Sega has under its possession that aren’t already out here. Well, OK, I’d hardly call the likes of Rusty Hearts “major” from what I know of it.

Let’s say it is true. Is that a good or a bad thing? I really don’t know! I know almost nothing about Relic, though to do a worse job than Sega of America has done previously would be a fair achievement.

In terms of other places speculating on this, I see a post up on DualShockers here, on SegaBits here and on TSSZ here. This news is about a month old and since nothing has been said about it one way or the other, which isn’t entirely unexpected. Say it is actually PSO2 localization work finally coming to fruition, there’s still things that could go wrong between now and any arbitrary date. If Sega says nothing, then they haven’t committed to anything so no one is let down! Apart from that 2013 release date they mentioned a little while back. If an article on PSO-World isn’t official enough for you, the vague release date of “2013” was mentioned by Ken Osagawara at the end of the PAX 2012 demo of the game here.

Wonder if this means their website might finally get any updateds?