20% Of Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta Testers Want More Weapons

By Ishaan . May 22, 2012 . 9:00am

Now that Phantasy Star Online 2’s closed beta test is done, Sega are preparing to move onto open beta, registrations for which will begin on May 23rd. Prior to that, however, they’ll run a Pre-Open Beta Test, in order to ensure that no network problems occur during the open beta. This is scheduled to kick off sometime in late June.


Additionally, producer, Satoshi Sakai, also posted a list of data and feedback that the development team acquired through the closed beta to the game’s official site. The closed beta saw 131,000 users logging in, with an average of 21,000 simultaneous connections a day.


When asked what aspect of the game they would like to see strengthened most, 20.3% of players said they wanted more Weapon Categories. 11.1% wanted an increase in the variety of skills, while 8.8% wanted to see improved character creation options. Responding to these requests, the team plans to add additional weapon categories in future updates. You can find more data related to feedback at the link above.


Additionally, 61.9% of people indicated that they would only be interesting in playing Phantasy Star Online 2 on PC, while 14.6% said they would play on the PC and PlayStation Vita as well. 44.1% of players played the game using a controller—using the keyboard only for chatting—while 38.9% played with a keyboard and mouse.

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  • PersonaSpace

    I was in the last closed beta, and I my biggest complaint was how empty and hollow the world felt. Granted, PSO and PSU have never really been known for having expansive areas to run around, but in this game the scope really never was there. Also combat felt really loose and lacking weight. That said, I have faith that this will turn out alright.

  • Happy about this. Can anyone sign up?

  • maxchain

    Look, just throw in the Crazy Tune and I’ll be a satisfied customer.

  • Code

    Mhm it is a pretty important part of the game if you ask me, if there isn’t enough interesting things like neat weapons, costumes, items it definitely removes some of the incentive to play an MMO. 

    That being said I think it’ll just be a matter of time and that’ll all be fleshed out, in general from what I’ve seen of PSO2 looks pretty fun. It was enough to inspire me to finally give Phantasy Star Portable 2 on PSP a shot, after having Universe had kind of soured me for the series opo;

  • Mago Iichi

    I just hope that the specs aren’t too high for my laptop because I’m mainly a console gamer and I have no intention of going “All In” on PC ever.

    • zero254

      benchmark tool.

  • Brandonmkii

    Just let me know if there’s going to be a Vita beta. My computer is crap :c

  • 猫 黒

    Weapons and skills.  Lack of variety pretty much stopped me from getting into the PS games.

  • evilmoogle

    Double the gun, double the fun.

  • ok, I haven’t played PSO since the days of the Dreamcast’ can someone tell me if they still have 1-handed sabers? and is there (or was there ever) a class that uses weapons and force?

  • Luna Kazemaru

    They need to make it some you can freely move from ship to ship.

  • 60hz

    100% of western players said they would like to have a domestic release… since we are talking numbers…

    • This was confirmed long ago to be localize, so let’s wait a bit longer than a few months from now.

  • protofox

    sigh.. my pc would have a stroke trying to play this. and i guess phantasy star universe on 360 is all thats ever gonna be on 360 (which i still play every night for hours)…so my only choice is to drop 250 bucks on  a vita..then extra for memory..then extra for the game itself…$%^& me side ways and call me a newman..

  • I was lucky enough to be chosen for the last closed beta and have to agree in general, the variety in weapons is pretty underwhelming. Otherwise though it’s pretty fun overall, especially with good company (which I had from a friend who got an automatic pass into the last beta after being in the one before and levelling his characters up).

    The main problems were screwy servers (lots of timeouts when trying to access different blocks on a ship) and an occasional drop to title screen when the server decided it no longer felt like playing ball. Another big issue (noted by my friend who’s been a long-time PS player) is that they’ve ruined/nerfed Forces into oblivion. On the other hand Rangers are utterly broken lol Can’t really say much about Hunters as I prefer a ranged play style and never tried that class.

    The other annoyance is Sega’s decision to make some things that were going to be free require a pay subscription instead now, like your personal quarters and extra storage and so on. Not a major issue really but it’s annoying when initially those things were going to be free.

    The low percentage of people wanting more customisation options for characters isn’t too surprising, you already have a ton of control over how your character looks. I’d like more costumes by default to be honest but since they’ll be making a lot of their money on pay-dlc content within a free-to-play framework I suppose that’s not surprising.

    Also, for anyone talking about PC requirements, don’t worry too heavily, it’ll play happily on even really crappy hardware with the settings turned down a bit, even maxed out my pc wasn’t struggling in the slightest (quad core phenom cpu and a modest GF9800GT so I’m not exactly packing top of the line equipment here).

    All in all a fun game with some niggles that hopefully will be ironed out over the course of the next betas and pre-release :)

    • how do i download it been looking everywhere! :'(

      • You don’t. Not yet anyway, you had to sign up for the closed beta and then hope you were picked before you were emailed a link to the client. The next beta will be open to the public however. You can sign up for a Sega ID using this guide if you’re not too confident in Japanese:


        You’ll receive an email from them when the next beta happens telling you where to download the client etc (should be second half of next June sometime).

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