Sakai explains why it is called Phantasy Star Online 2.
- To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Phantasy Star Online
- Because it's a completely new game.
- Because it's a fully online game
- Because it's a title that carries on the idea of an Online RPG that's spread to even more people from those Phantasy Star Online had already captured.
You should view "PSO2" as not a direct sequel to PSO, but rather the successor to Phantasy Star Online.
And here's an area most people who played the Alpha test are familiar with already. This is the camp ship area where after you receive a quest, players enter this small Arcs space ship that travels to the planet that corresponds with the quest.
It is the point between the lobby and the field where players can make preparations before diving in.
This camp ship area is shown in that TGS promo movie you saw earlier.
Did you ever notice there's a small aircraft stored beneath the Camp Ship? Yes, though it may look small, the camp ship is actually quite large. It is covered in camouflage paint since it's not only used for space travel (warping), but can enter within range of the atmosphere.
Mystery Weapon Category?
In Famitsu Connect-On, Sakai dropped some hints on what that weapon was in the Tokyo Game Show Trailer. The hints said since PSO, it's not the first time this weapon category has appeared, and out of the 3 classes, Forces can not equip it.
Given these clues, we know generally Partisans can only be equipped by Hunters (except if it's a rare partisan, then even forces could equip it.). But what other weapon category could it be?
Also for Alpha Test 2, Sakai thinks he could have 10,000 simultaneous connections. The first Alpha test managed to get 6,000 people simultaneously connected. (So I guess that's a hint as to how many more people would be added?) Also the second alpha test you don't have to buy something to participate like last time.
Oracle Mother Ship
In the same interview, Sakai dropped some hints about that ship tailing behind the Oracle fleet as you saw in the TGS trailer. It is the Oracle's "Mother Ship", though the existance of this ship is a mystery, we know this isn't a place where there are people. This place is described as a "sacred area."
(So is this ship used for sealing dark falz? This sounds like a final area to me.)
Project Cute is actually for Phantasy Star Universe, the concept behind it is to make original clothing with a "CUTE" theme. So Marie Wind マリー ウィンド is coming up next on October 27, 2011 within the GC Gachan.
Various colors are available too!
A Message from Bonko
Bonkohara wrote a little message to the Facebook page, we've cleaned up her English translation to make it more coherent.
Good evening everyone. Here in Japan it is around 11:00PM. 😀 I am at my desk and working hard even though I'm feeling cold. Producer Sakai has a long meeting today. All of the PHANTASY STAR staff are doing thier best for PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2! 🙂 We would like to see our fans smile. ♥ We sent a email newsletter yesterday. Please check it out .