Due to the disconnections, lag, and server downtime, Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta Test became very difficult to play during peak times. Through everyone's cooperation, the source of this problem became clear. On Thursday after maintenance, the server status improved.
We are therefore extending the time of the closed beta test to April 30th, 2012 until 23:00 JST. That's two extra days of beta testing.
Closed Beta Test Phase 2:
- Everyone will receive an extra 1000 AC to spend. We will distribute it after Friday's maintenance.
- Ship 6 (and onwards) will open up for people to create new characters.
Open Beta Test
- If you make a new character on Ship 6 (or any new ship created afterwards) and raise it past level 10 during the CBT…
- I will present an Item Code called the FUN 500 Ticket which will be delivered to you in the Open Beta Test.
- If any of your characters in the CBT reaches level 20 on any ship, you will also receive the FUN 500 Ticket.
Ship 6 will open up after this maintenance. When that gets full, Ship 7 will open up and so on.
You may also invite your friends into the Closed Beta Test by using the CBT Invite Form by logging into your SEGA ID. (Make sure your friends brush up on Katakana.)
Fan Briefing the 2nd!
On May 3rd, Phantasy Star Online 2 Fan Briefing the 2nd begins. You can watch the first part of this event LIVE May 3rd, 2012 on Nico Nico.
- Part 1: 13:00 JST (Live Stream!)
- Part 2: 15:30 JST
During Part 1, Sakai will talk about the new features coming up after the next test (including new fields, new weapons, new story quests, etc.)
During Part 2, Sakai will answer questions submitted by the fans. He will also show a LIVE demonstration of the new field!
[via gpara and email]
The Return of Mag Cells
In Phantasy Star Online, under certain conditions you could give your mag a "Mag Cell" to change its form into a unique appearance like a Dreamcast. However in PSO2, you can feed mags with items called "Devices."
Sakai in an interview with Famitsu Connect!on touched briefly about this subject. In PSO2 you can give your mag these devices that will let your mag perform additional actions (see Mag post for details). Some of these devices are cash items. These devices could be used to change the physical appearance of your mag. For example, there could be something that makes the mag look like Sonic.