Phantasy Star Online 2's producer, Satoshi Sakai, is set to announce details about the game's closed beta Monday, March 26. The media briefing will start at 1:30 PM JST (Japan Standard Time). The closed beta will be accepting around 100,000 participants to try the game early. In addition to that, the Phantasy Star blog has also posted a video showing off some of the things fans can expect in Phantasy Star's latest installment.
The video covers a lot of familiar ground for those who have played previous Phantasy Star games, while adding a few changes. Lobbies are large, well organized, and look amazing. However the appearance of the game doesn't seem to have excelled beyond previous titles. Mags can once again offer support in combat as well.
The largest change up to the attack systems looks to be applied to the technic system. For those unfamiliar with the Phantasy Star games, technics are the setting's magic. It used to be rather static and linear – fireballs were thrown forward, and area of effect magic was centered on the player's avatar. This seems to have been largely switched up in PSO2 with the addition of a new card weapon. The force type is seen throwing cards at targeted spots, including up in the air, with the spells focused around it instead of the character.
Another noticeable addition to combat is that characters are no longer limited to ground movement like in Phantasy Star Universe. We get a nice few seconds of a hunter and ranger jumping around the field to reach airborne enemies, and getting on top of a large enemy unit to reach its weak point.
Along with the things the video shows off, the blog also posted an image of a new non-player character, Xion (pronounced Shion). She plays an important role -- possibly as a guide to the player. It is also noted that she talks strangely, and gives players an item known as a “matter board.” What her exact role is in the game isn't covered, but we can expect to hear more about her and the closed beta during the media briefing Monday.