Current version: PSN 1.06, Title Screen 1.0401.2 (2013/4/24), patch download size: 24MB
Phantasy Star Online 2 has gone portable! Hot on the heels of a very successful closed beta, users with Japanese PSN accounts can download this fully realized online experience for free on February 28! Hop online and fight against the Darkers with up to 11 other people.Scheduled maintenance:
To play, you will need at least an 8 GB memory card: 3.2 GB is needed for the game and 1.4 GB for extra data. You will also need a SEGA ID to play, and all in-game purchases will use the same payment systems as on PC (you cannot use funds from your PSN wallet).
The servers are shared with the PC version, and Hasemo does a great job keeping up with the updates there, so for general game information and updates I'll leave it to him:
As a reminder, the official NeoGAF team is on Ship02. If you want in, contact the following team managers:
- Phantasy Star Online 2 Import |OT2| Western Version Delayed, Come Play With Us
- Phantasy Star Online 2 Import |OT| YOUR MAJESTY
- Phantasy Star Online 2 - current state of the JP version (changes/content updates)
Do NOT contact me as I am not on the NeoGAF team and will not be able to invite you!
- dr apocalipsis
The servers undergo weekly scheduled maintenance beginning on Tuesdays at 10 PM EDT, typically coming back online by Wednesday 4 AM EDT. Note that patches for the game, if one is needed for a particular update week, typically go live almost as soon as maintenance starts.Is this coming out internationally?
We don't know. Only the PC version was mentioned to be potentially coming internationally; absolutely nothing was said regarding the Vita version. However, as the Japanese servers have been online since Summer 2012 and receive new content roughly every two weeks, any theoretical international version is already doomed to be forever behind the Japanese servers in content, and no prior iteration of Phantasy Star Online/Universe has been handled well internationally.It's in Japanese! What does everything mean?
The guides linked in OT2 cover most aspects of the game. Also, the androgyne has created a Vita-specific interactive guide: Vita PSO2 English translationsHow is this different from the PC version?
While the PC and Vita versions access the same game servers, there are restrictions on which blocks you can enter. The servers are split into three block types: PC only (0xx), Vita only (1xx), and PC+Vita (2xx). On any block allowing Vita clients, fields will be a little smaller and enemy rate will be reduced slightly, and only two emergency trials can be active at any time (versus the maximum of four simultaneous emergency trials on the PC only blocks). PSE Burst lasts longer on the Vita and PC+Vita blocks to compensate for the lower enemy count.So, what's new in the Vita version?
The Vita client has a variety of control schemes; the default control scheme is designed for players accustomed to the Phantasy Star Portable series while there is an alternate scheme that more closely resembles the default PC controller layout.
Play anywhere, whether over Wi-Fi or 3G. You MUST be connected to the Internet to play.New player?
Chapter 9 of story mode will debut on Vita first, before PC players. Find out the relationship between the idol singer Kuuna and the Chrome Dragon.
Exclusive to Vita, you can clear Toro and Kuro's client order and summon them to battle with their partner cards.
Take photos with your character in the Augmented Reality camera mode.
And, of course, trophies.
If you are new to the game, you should consider using the friend invite system! This system awards both the new and referring players with badges that can be turned in for exclusive items. The process on PC is outlined here: http://bumped.org/psublog/pso2-jp-friend-invite-system/What do I need to do to sign up?
If you would like to refer me, you can use this information:
My Player ID number: 10162205
You can also refer the following GAF users instead if you'd like. These users are also on Ship02 unless otherwise noted:
- Hasemo: 10077436
- Monosukoi: 11955330
- djplaeskool: 10172842
- Blueblur1: 10149616
- dr apocalipsis: 10148330
- kiryogi: 10101573
- Adamm: 12092964
You need to register for a SEGA ID first if you haven't already. Be aware that the registration process includes solving a Japanese captcha; if you have significant difficulty with this you can copy the captcha image and paste it here and maybe someone will be able to help (I am unfortunately not one of these people). A guide to registering a SEGA ID can be found here: http://bumped.org/psublog/phantasy-s...tration-guide/How do I switch accounts on my Vita?
From the February Vita PSN Game and Service thread:What if I want the game on a card instead of downloading it?
Short Version -
First of all, note that:
1. A system can only be linked to one account at a time
2. A memory card can only be linked to one account at a time
To switch accounts, you must:
1. Restore the PS Vita System (Settings > Format > Restore)
2. Format the memory card (if you only have one) or swap in another memory card (if you have multiple)
Long Version here.
(Thanks to Kazerei and The Grim Heaper!)
There is a special package on sale in Japan that has a physical copy of the game as well as extras including item and music codes, a 30 day Premium set pass, and 1000 FUN points. Even when using the game card, you will still need to download 1.4GB of data to your memory card. The special package is available at the following retailers:Video: