Posts tagged Phantasy Star Online 2
If you’re currently playing on the Japanese servers of Phantasy Star Online 2 and have acquired at least level 50, you’re in luck! A new update features VR missions created specifically for the more advanced of ARKS soldiers. The enemies will be level 60 and over, including bosses exclusive to these quests. Extreme Passes will be issued every 22 hours, which are required to enter.
Also new to the update will be an on-going event that started May 15th and will continue until June 25th. The event, titled “With Rain and Wind”, will contain a quest where you can fight unique enemies and grab some cool items and weapons.
During a recent report from Phantasy Star Online 2 producer, Satoshi Sakai, it was revealed that Sega currently has an Episode 2 in development for the game. This new episode will contain a brand new story and new features and will have a teaser trailer shown tomorrow on April 9th during the Nico Nico broadcast.
In addition to the new episode news, Sakai also announced that the Vita version will be getting an update that allows players to customize their button layout and take in-game screenshots.
At a recent Dengeki games festival in Akihabara, Sega announced that the synthesizing icon would be featured in the game in the form of “costumes and more,” and that we should be seeing this content around April. The promotional video teases the costume, complete with massive blue ponytails, and a floating Miku mag. Hatsune Miku has been featured in Phantasy Star Online 2 before, as a music video played in the lobby in August of last year to celebrate the release of Project Diva F in Japan.
Maybe we’ll see some Phantasy Star music in Project Diva F? (If so, the game would get an instant buy from me.)
To commemorate the Phantasy Star series 25th anniversary Sega have decided to go all out with a full blown orchestra concert. This Japan-only exclusive show (conducted by Masamichi Amano, and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra) will cover the entire spectrum of this series, giving one of gamings most recognisable RPG franchise’s a proper celebration. The concert itself will feature 10 different songs, and if that wasn’t enough reason to go everyone coming will receive exclusive music themed items for hugely popular Phantasy Star Online 2!
Above you can see the trailer for the concert which mainly just shows off the new items available at the concert. The event itself will take place on March 30th in the Hibiya Public Hall, Tokyo, and is sure to be a blast for all involved! Who knows maybe if they like it enough in Japan it’ll make it’s way over to the West… right? Right? Right?!!
With the games North American and European releases coming into focus it’s hard to forget that Phantasy Star Online 2 has been making it’s way in Japan for almost a year now. As such it’s been a while since Japanese gamers got new content for it, so luckily Sega has added a bunch of new stuff in the MMO’s most recent update. The main new features are a new awesome looking boss (dubbed the ‘Chrome Dragon’) and a host of new weapons that were added to the mix. The new items consist of assault rifles, partisans, and a fancy new rod to play with (heh) ensuring that players will have a lot more to try out with this new update.
But wait! There’s more!
The Playstation Vita version will be getting a new story section for the game entitled ‘The First Farewell’ that will explore the new boss featured. It is also set to detail the disappearance of Kuni, Phantasy Star Online 2‘s in-game mascot. The new exclusive PC content however is the less story driven ‘Arks Combat Tournament’, which looks to be a less plot focused score attack mission.
The new boss is all dependent on triggering cut-scenes and achieving specific conditions. Sounds fun and all but this is just making me even less patient now for the game over here. Alas, we here at Sega Addicts will be detailing the new stuff made available for us when we get to play Phantasy Star Online 2 later this year. Just a couple more months to go!
This Thursday is a big day for the Vita in Japan. In addition to the digital and physical release of Phantasy Star Online 2 on February 28th, Sony will also be releasing a new Ice Silver Vita which includes Phantasy Star Portable 2 on the harddrive and an AC 1000 ticket for the game worth 1,000 yen. Not a bad deal.
Phantasy Star Online 2′s digital release will be free and the physical version will include bonus items and costumes from Phantasy Star Portable 2. Hopefully will catch word of a Western release for the Vita soon.
In a recent feature celebrating the new year (and ostensibly our survival of the apocalypse) Japanese site 4Gamer asked a heaping handful of industry figures what their favorite games were from 2012. Among the esteemed crew was Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of the Yakuza series.
Known as the mastermind behind one of Sega’s best modern franchises, Nagoshi is a guy whose judgement I don’t have a hard time trusting. Maybe that’s why it’s such a big deal to me that his favorite game of 2012 is Phantasy Star Online 2. Here’s what he had to say about the game:
A game that really shows off the might of online games. It’s been a great success both in terms of business and as a game, putting pressure on the future of traditional game consoles in a lot of ways. A double threat.
This isn’t the first time Nagoshi has expressed an admiration for the power of online play, as he has mentioned in past that he’d love to work on an online game in the future. Sure, his praise for another Sega game could be a bit of nepotism, but considering that he seems to have his eye on the potential of online games, I’m inclined to believe him.
Sega has revealed some details on the next Phantasy Star Online 2 update which continues the “Where Darkness Gathers” series of updates. The biggest feature this update adds is a battle called “Abduction x Clone.” When specific conditions are met in the game the player is attacked by Darkers and transported to an area known as “Darker’s Den.” Under specific conditions in this battle the Darkers may create clones (or doppelgangers) of you and other players who you then have to battle. Defeating your clones rewards you with a good item drop.
In addition to the clone battles the will also be adding in some lobby decorations in honor of the new year that will last from January 1st-23rd.
Sega has unveiled the beautiful opening video to the Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2, and it has this jaded gamer smiling and shouting like an ADD-stricken 12-year-old. I mean, the laser goes “PEWWWW!” and then the people go riding down the snow-covered mountain like “SHOOOM!” and then the awesome monster comes up and “RAAWWRR!”
…Hell, just trust me, it’s a lot of fun.
Sega has never had an issue pumping out some high-fidelity graphics, so it comes as no surprise that PSO 2 has the capacity to visually “wow” us. Now it’s just a matter of whether or not that “wow” factor, combined with cross-platform play, is enough to attract MMO fans looking for their next portable fix.
Hit the jump to see another promo video for the game.