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Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming Westward

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edited July 2012 in Latest Updates
It seems that Sega's western release schedules still have some surprises left in store for us. You now have permission to feel slightly less apathetic than normal, although not until 2013.

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  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited July 2012
    Looks pretty, perhaps I'll give it a look when it comes out... if I'm not too busy playing Guild Wars 2. ;)
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  • Severin MiraSeverin Mira News Director/Reviewer RPGamer Staff
    edited July 2012
    Interested to hear more about the Vita version and how comparable it may be. Mostly because I know my current laptop utterly fails to play games a quarter as pretty :P
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  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited July 2012
    I'm looking forward to this one, though I hope it gets a console release like the original did...
  • Glowing HyrenGlowing Hyren Member Full Members
    edited July 2012
    I like how they adapted the original PSO theme song for this. It looks much more action-oriented like PSU was, which is a good thing in my book. It was more interesting than picking a target and just mashing A. I'll have to do some investigation on the Japanese release to see if they kept in the dodge mechanic from Phantasy Star Zero because that was a good addition too.
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  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited July 2012
    I'll probably try this out when it comes, just to see if it's my thing.
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  • MinneyarMinneyar Member Full Members
    edited July 2012
    For what it's worth, since the game's free-to-play and not region blocked, you can try it out now if you don't mind the moon runes. There are pretty useful guides detailing how to sign up, install the game client, and play the game available here: http://bumped.org/psublog/pso2-guide-list/

    The game's a lot of fun, and I'm glad they've announced a localization, but unless Sega gives some kind of indication that they're going to manage the American release better than the previous PS games, I'll probably just keep playing on the Japanese servers.
  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited July 2012
    I'm concerned about prolonged western support as well. Even for their buy/subscription games, PSO V2/EP1&2/BlueBurst and PSU, Sega never really put much effort into extra content outside Japan. I wonder if that will continue to be the case here.
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  • Glowing HyrenGlowing Hyren Member Full Members
    edited July 2012
    MasterChief said:
    I'm concerned about prolonged western support as well. Even for their buy/subscription games, PSO V2/EP1&2/BlueBurst and PSU, Sega never really put much effort into extra content outside Japan. I wonder if that will continue to be the case here.
    Sega did release an Expansion for PSU here. It was called Ambitions of Illuminus.
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  • ChickenGodChickenGod Overdosing Heavenly Bliss Moderators
    edited July 2012
    My cousin and I played it today. Fairly decent experience, but even with the guide things can get confusing to figure out in game. We are level 7 I think, and have just started doing some the client paper quests. Not really sure what the goals are for any of them outside of the mag acquisition, but I'm sure the information is in the guide. Gameplay is okay, and I like some of the added hunter weapons such as the dual whip claws, for example. Even though things are sped up, it still feels like typical PSO style combat, which could be good or bad depending on your view of the series. PSO2 also runs very smooth with an Xbox 360 controller, I'm happy not to have to use the keyboard for this one.

    Hopefully we'll be able to get things down in a couple of days. My cousin just can't figure out how equip technics, for example. We also have no idea what Photon Burst does or how to activate it. Seemed like that was one of the goals of an earlier mission, too.

    Glad to hear its getting an english release, at any rate.
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  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited July 2012
    Glowing Hyren said:
    Sega did release an Expansion for PSU here. It was called Ambitions of Illuminus.
    Well I know that, I have that for the PC (I have the original game on 360). However, I'm talking about the quest updates, the more routine things that Japan got absolutely showered with.
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  • Glowing HyrenGlowing Hyren Member Full Members
    edited July 2012
    MasterChief said:
    Well I know that, I have that for the PC (I have the original game on 360). However, I'm talking about the quest updates, the more routine things that Japan got absolutely showered with.
    That's a fair point I guess. I don't think I'm going to play it in japanese, I'll just wait until it comes out in English. I'm also not a fan of the "subscribe to be able to trade" thing, so hopefully that won't be a feature on the western release, but I bet that it will be.
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  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited July 2012
    Glowing Hyren said:
    That's a fair point I guess. I don't think I'm going to play it in japanese, I'll just wait until it comes out in English. I'm also not a fan of the "subscribe to be able to trade" thing, so hopefully that won't be a feature on the western release, but I bet that it will be.
    Yeah, that's got me thinking Sega might try to go pay-to-win on our ***** with this game. I hope not, that'd be a horrible way for Phantasy Star Online to die.
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  • MinneyarMinneyar Member Full Members
    edited July 2012
    ChickenGod said:
    Hopefully we'll be able to get things down in a couple of days. My cousin just can't figure out how equip technics, for example. We also have no idea what Photon Burst does or how to activate it. Seemed like that was one of the goals of an earlier mission, too.
    For what it's worth, right now only forces can equip technics. You can either link them to your weapon (like photon arts for hunters) or put them on your sub-palette like items. You're probably also thinking of Photon Sensitive Effects (PSEs) and PSE Bursts; when players kill monsters very quickly, it causes the PSE levels in an area to go up. When the PSE levels reach 9, there's a random chance of a PSE Burst activating, which causes tons of monsters to start spawning in waves, and they'll keep coming as long as you kill them quickly enough. It seems to happen most easily if you're in a multi-party area with lots of other players (not NPCs) who are working together.
  • ShadowcatShadowcat Member Full Members
    edited July 2012
    well now I have something more to play next year....I've never played PSO tho
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  • ChickenGodChickenGod Overdosing Heavenly Bliss Moderators
    edited July 2012
    Minneyar said:
    For what it's worth, right now only forces can equip technics. You can either link them to your weapon (like photon arts for hunters) or put them on your sub-palette like items. You're probably also thinking of Photon Sensitive Effects (PSEs) and PSE Bursts; when players kill monsters very quickly, it causes the PSE levels in an area to go up. When the PSE levels reach 9, there's a random chance of a PSE Burst activating, which causes tons of monsters to start spawning in waves, and they'll keep coming as long as you kill them quickly enough. It seems to happen most easily if you're in a multi-party area with lots of other players (not NPCs) who are working together.
    Thanks, that helps us Minneyar. Maybe I'm mistaken, but I'm pretty sure other classes as long as they weren't Casts could equip technics in previous games. Since I am a Cast, I couldn't help him at all with it. And yes, I was thinking of the PSE effects. Thats one less thing to worry about trying to figure out!
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  • MinneyarMinneyar Member Full Members
    edited July 2012
    ChickenGod said:
    Thanks, that helps us Minneyar. Maybe I'm mistaken, but I'm pretty sure other classes as long as they weren't Casts could equip technics in previous games.
    No problem. Yeah, in the original PSO games, techs were limited by race, and any non-cast could use them, although specific techs and levels were restricted based on race & gender. Currently in PSO2, they're not limited by race, but only forces can use them. Sega has announced already that an update this fall will add three new classes, and people are speculated that there will be some kind of sub-class system based on certain elements in the UI and screenshots from early in development, so it will probably eventually be possible for non-forces to use techs.

    The stat differences in races are actually very minor this time around, so it's perfectly viable for even a male cast to be a decent force.
  • storino03storino03 Member Full Members
    edited July 2012
    So is sega charging a subscription fee like the rest?
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  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited July 2012
    storino03 said:
    So is sega charging a subscription fee like the rest?
    scroll up a few posts...
    Minneyar said:
    since the game's free-to-play
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited July 2012
    storino03 said:
    So is sega charging a subscription fee like the rest?
    Completely free to play, but you MUST pay premium just to be able to trade.
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