PSO2JP: Balance changes and new features planned for November and December

A lenghty post containing planned balance changes appeared on the PSO2 Players Site. The complaints of more casual players, who feel that the game is to “heavy user oriented” are the reason of the changes listed below, together with the planned implementation time frames:

  • Request: Lower the experience requirements for levels 41+
  • Staff’s comment: Requirements will be lowered. Measures for the experience points to not go to waste in case of already high level characters will be necessary.
  • Implementation date: Beginning of November
  • Request: Lower the number of items required for unlocking the level cap
  • Staff’s comment: Number of required items will be lowered.
  • Implementation date: Beginning of November
  • Request: Increase the appearance rate of Rare Monsters
  • Staff’s comment: The appearance rate of Rare Bosses and Monsters will be increased.
  • Implementation date: Beginning of November
  • Request: Increase the drop rate of Rare Items in Very Hard Quests
  • Staff’s comment: Drop rate of 7-9 star items will be increased. Additionally, since the appearance rate of Rare Enemies will be increased, the drop rate of 10 star items will be automatically increased as well.
  • Implementation date: Beginning of November
  • Request: Increase the drop rate of Matter Board items
  • Staff’s comment: A change making the drop rate certain about killing a set number of enemies will be introduced.
  • Implementation date: Middle of December
  • Request: Make Techers stronger
  • Staff’s comment: Performance of Wands and Techer specific skills will be increased.
  • Implementation date: Beginning of November
  • Request: Fix the strength of some of the 10 star weapons
  • Staff’s comment: The strength of the following weapons will be fixed: ベルクヴェルカー Berkverger, ノイズブローヴァ Noise Blover, ヴァーダーカノン Vardha Canon, アンブラステッキ Umbra Stick, ヴァーダービット Vardha Beat, マジカルウォンド Magical Wand
  • Implementation date: Beginning of November
  • Request: Increase the value of the Premium Set
  • Staff’s comment: The following additions are planned for the Premium Set: Increase of the amount of FUN gained, Client Order limit raised to 40, increase of the number of the saved Symbol Arts, Premium Set exclusive Drinks at the Medical Center
  • Implementation date: FUN amount and CO limit increase are planned for the middle of December, but the other changes are planned for a later date
  • Request: Introduce a system allowing to block NPC summoning
  • Staff’s comment: An new option allowing to block NPC summoning will be added to quest select options. All parties joining a room with the option set to ON will have it set automatically to ON as well (joining such rooms won’t be possible while using the default random game option).
  • Implementation date: Middle of December
  • Request: Allow searching for parties doing the same quest on other blocks
  • Staff’s comment: An option allowing to search for parties in other blocks will be introduced. After joining a party which is already doing a quest it will be possible to teleport immediately to the quest counter in that party’s block.
  • Implementation date: Middle of December
  • Request: Allow turning off the display of team chat bubbles
  • Staff’s comment: A display setting for chat bubbles will be added to options, allowing user to switch between “Show all chat bubbles”, “Show only the chat bubbles of players in the same area” or “Don’t show any chat bubbles”
  • Implementation date: Beginning of November
  • Request: Prevent players removed from the friend list from calling my friend partner
  • Staff’s comment: Friend partners will not be showing on the list after a player is removed from the friend list.
  • Implementation date: Middle of December
  • Request: I want to be able to make a player stop auto following me
  • Staff’s comment: Auto following system will be changed so that players will only be able to follow party members. An option to make other player stop following you will also be added.
  • Implementation date: Middle of December
  • Request: Make Time Attack Quests soloable
  • Staff’s comment: A way to solo the Time Attack Quests will be introduced along with Client Orders for doing them alone.
  • Implementation date: Middle of December
  • Request: Allow us to download big game updates in parts beforehand
  • Staff’s comment: It will be possible to optionally download the updates beforehand. A system allowing to play while downloading an update will also be introduced.
  • Implementation date: Middle of December

There’s also one request that won’t be fulfilled anytime soon, although a small change will be introduced:

  • Request: Introduce partial match search to My Shops
  • Staff’s comment: Sadly, because of the burden that such search would have on the servers it’s not possible to implement at the current time. Reducing the server load created by My Shop searches has the priority. To achieve that, a few new options will be introduced, starting with ability to check the market price of the item upon selecting it (change planned for the middle of December) which should reduce the number of search queries.

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