PSO2 Episode 4 Character Creation Demo Out Now!

PSO2 Episode 4 Benchmark Demo

A new character creation demo has been released for Phantasy Star Online 2. This demo compiles the customization features included in the Episode 4 update along with the new [Tier 6] graphics settings.

 

PSO2 EP4 Character Creator Demo

Experience graphics unlike you've ever seen before on the PC version, with beautiful skin tones and clothing textures. Pick out your favorite accessories and change their size, angle, and position. See your characters in action in a brand new benchmark cinematic where they face against the Phantoms.

The character creation demo is available for PC users and can be downloaded at PSO2's benchmark site. Press the big blue button that appears near the bottom of the link to download the file.

A pre-translated version is available at the North American Arks-Layer website, fully in English.

OS Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 / Vista (32bit ・64bit)
File Size 720MB
RAM 2GB+
GPU GeForce 7800GT or higher
AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT or higher

※In order to fully enjoy Tier 6 graphics settings, it's recommended to have at least an [Nvidia GTX 950] or higher card (if the resolution is 1920 x 1200).

 

Changes With PSO2's Episode Selection

EP4 EP1 to 3 PSO2

PSO2 Episode Selection

  • All characters will start the game from Episode 4 once the update goes live, including those who are currently playing Episodes 1 ~ 3.
  • EP 1~3 players, after making some progress through Episode 4, will be given the option to choose between EP1~3 or EP4 the next time they log in.
  • In other words, making it past a certain point in Episode 4's story will unlock the option of choosing between EP1~3 and EP4 upon logging into the game.
  • Those who wish to play Episode 1 ~ 3 content should select the
    Start from (EP1~3) option on the character selection screen.

If [Episode 4] is selected on startup:

  • You will advance through the Story using the [Story Board] and not the [Matter Board].
  • Event Fields will not appear during quests. Story events will instead be activated by selecting "Event Pieces" on the Story Board.
  • Some NPCs will not show up in the lobby.
  • You will not be able to play Story Quests from Episodes 1 ~ 3.

If [Episode 1 ~ 3] is selected on startup:

  • You will be able to play the Episode 1 ~ 3 stories in order.
  • The menu option to [Play from Episode 3] will no longer be available when the game begins. Characters with Episode 3 [Matter Boards] prior to this update can continue their EP 3 progress in the same manner as before.
  • You will advance through the story using the [Matter Board].
  • Event Fields will display in quests and can be accessed to start the event.

Quest & Client Order Changes

  • Featured Quests will now be unlocked once the Tokyo Free Field Quest is cleared.
  • Daily Orders will now be unlocked once the Tokyo Free Field Quest is cleared.
  • Io's Client Orders will now be unlocked once you clear Nab Rappy Capture or finish your Mag License Application order. 
  • The contents of Daily Orders and Team Orders will change during maintenance on January 27th in response to the release of the Tokyo field.

※Those who've already unlocked the aforementioned features will retain access to them.

 

Initial Photon Arts

New characters created after the release of Episode 4 will initially learn these Photon Arts / Technics.

  Before After
Sword Twister Fall Over End
Wired Lance Bind Through Other Spin
Rifle Piercing Shell One Point
Rod, Talis Barta Il Grants
Katana Tsukimi-sazanka Guren Tessen
Jet Boots Strike Gust Gran Wave

 

Episode 4 Koffie

Other Changes

  • The placement of certain shops and attendants will be altered.
  • Certain NPCs have been newly outfitted with Layered Costumes.
  • Some costume and accessory behaviors will be adjusted to accompany the implementation of Layered Costumes and the new Accessory Size & Angle features.
  • In Episode 4, the Client Orders required to obtain a Compound Technic will no longer exist. These technics must instead be obtained from the Photon Drop Exchange Shop.
    • Players who select Episode 1 ~ 3 can also obtain them through Client Orders in the same manner as before.

Weapons Badge Changes

  • The Weapons Badge changes will be implemented during February 10th's maintenance.
  • Once this goes live, Weapons Badge 2015 will no longer be obtainable.
  • However, the [Weapons Badge 2015 Exchange] will continue its service by being available from the Exchange Shop.

Are you Ready For Episode 4?

All features listed in this linked article, including the new character customization options, will be arriving on January 27th, 2016! However, the Maestro Summoner AC Scratch will be released two days later on January 29th. Coming up in late February will be the release of the "Episode 4 Character Creation Demo". This is a standalone program where you can test how your computer fares with the new graphics setting.