Wednesday, October 31, 2007

AotI: Extra Release Information

ClumsyOrchid has confirmed a few more details after being no less than bombarded by questions after the English AotI release information came out. Allow me to summarize:

- The Xbox 360 version will feature achievements for online mode. It isn't clear yet whether this means that the offline ones will be available for online reception of if Sega will take advantage of the extra 250 points games are allowed with download content, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out for a list of them.

- The Xbox 360 version won't be seeing any offline content other than what is already available. It was also mentioned that the voice acting and new CG cutscenes will not appear in the online mode either (as it does in the PC/PS2 versions). What also is yet to be seen is how much of the AotI patch (i.e. the one we'll receive right before the expansion comes out) will apply offline.

- The Xbox 360 version will have a digital manual hosted by Microsoft. It wasn't said where or when this will be available.

- Madoog/Shadoog are the final names that will appear in the English version.

- Your subscription will permanently be attached to AotI when you first play it. It won't be possible to just play normal PSU after you transfer it over.

Illuminus Information Announcement Thread
Game Manual Postings

1UP Cup: Fifth Milestone Hit



We're officially halfway through our milestones after just hitting 2 million. Keep it up! If we want to hit 5 million we might need to speed up a bit, but we're not too far off so give it your all!

EN 1UP Cup Page

General: Guardian's Express Volume 2 Issue 7

Sega has sent out another PSU email newsletter. This one mentions the 1UP Cup, AotI, and once again the Community Podcast. It also brings light to the Community Events forum.

They almost got it right this time. PSU_Castor has been upgraded from PSU-caster to PSU-Castor. Iceman (Lucente on the official forums) also brings in some fame.

GE Volume 2 Issue 7
GE Signup Page

Sunday, October 28, 2007

1UP Cup: Fourth Milestone Hit



Early this morning we hit our fourth (1.5 million) milestone. I think we're doing pretty good. Let's keep it up!

EN 1UP Cup Page

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Other: Holiday Themes

I'm going to be changing the colo[u]r scheme a bit for the various upcoming holidays as well as to just mix it up a bit. Halloween is a good time to settle into it with a simple change to orange on black from blue. I guess it also sorta relates to AotI. It was a hard choice not to do it right now, but November may see a similar scheme with a dark green background. If anything gets too crazy though, just tell me and I'll change it.

If I had a banner, I'd change that too. Unfortunately, I haven't quite gotten one yet.

PS2/PC: Halloween 1UP Cup Party Bash on October 28th

PrincessXena and Warriors Essence will be holding a community event tomorrow. Here's a few details:

Date: October 28th, 2007

Costume Contest
Time: 12 PM PST, 2 PM CST, 3 PM EST, 8 PM UTC
Place: Universe 16 Guardian's Colony HQ
Requirements: Wear your best disguise
Prizes: First Place Ank Bico, Second Place 2-Headed Ragnus board or Halarod board, Third Place 75k Meseta and a possible Fourth Place award

1UP Time Attack
Time: 1 PM PST, 3 PM CST, 4 PM EST, 9 PM UTC
Place: Universe 16 Club Commune
Requirements: Level 60+ with a team of up to three people
Prizes: First Place 1 million Meseta, Second Place 500k Meseta, Third Place 75k Meseta and a possible Fourth Place award

For the full details and preregistration, visit the thread below.

PrincessXena's Announcement Thread

Friday, October 26, 2007

AotI: SoA Press Release

It's a bit lengthy, so visit the link if you want to see it. There really isn't any new information in there, but I thought I would post it for anyone that wants to pick through the content and see what was made available for all the major news outlets.

SoA AotI Press Release

Podcast: PSU Community Podcast XI



This podcast features a soundtrack chosen primarily by song requests. You can find it as always at iTunes and Switchpod. There may be a new version of this soon, so keep an eye out.

Podcast at Switchpod
Discussion Thread

Thursday, October 25, 2007

AotI: English Version Release Date and Details

Sonic Team has finally posted all the information for our release of the PSU expansion. This information is available at the link below. Here are some bulletpoints:

- Xbox 360 version available worldwide on November 20th on Xbox Live Marketplace. It requires a copy of the original game, but will only cost 1600 Microsoft Points. This equates to 20 US dollars. 1.75 gigs of harddrive space is required.
- PC/PS2 version available in the US on November 20th.
- PC/PS2 version available in Europe on January 25th, 2008.
- The PC/PS2 versions will cost 40 dollars, but will be standalone.

It seems the 360 version won't be seeing Episode 2 offline, at least for now. It's listed as PC/PS2 exclusive.

AotI English Version Details

General: Update for October 25th



Sonic Team has posted our update for tonight.

- The 1UP Cup missions Invisible Road (Parum) and United Front (Moatoob) will be removed after this update. However, they will be back during the last week of the event (11/9/2007 – 11/16/2007).

- The 1UP Cup mission Deadly Brilliance (Neudaiz) will be available for 10/26/2007 – 11/2/2007. It will then also reappear the last week of the event. This mission features the floader vehicle previously only seen offline.

- Formal garments will be available at the club trading post.

The 1UP page has a bit more detail, so go there for some short descriptions and photos of the missions.

EN Update Page
1UP Cup Mission Page

1UP Cup: Current and Future Milestones

The EN page for the 1UP cup has been changed a bit. With this change also opens up the future milestone pictures to someone clever enough to change the number on the link of the photo. Before these links were locked, so it's hard to say why they opened them. Interestingly enough, some of them have been changed since Japan's Famitsu event. The reasons vary, but most are obvious. For example, our 100% room decoration synthesis percent reward was changed because this will be integrated anyway by the expansion (which comes out a bit after the cup ends). I was debating whether or not to post these, but then again someone would have figured it out soon enough. Just don't click if you don't want them spoiled.

All EN Milestones (10 not obtained):
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_01.jpg
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_02.jpg
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_03.jpg
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_04.jpg
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_05.jpg
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_06.jpg
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_07.jpg
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_08.jpg
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/1upcup2007_en/secret/present_detail_09.jpg
After the 4th milestone was obtained, they took down the photos of future milestones. But they are all stored in the 1UP Cup section of PSUPedia.

Last JP PC/PS2 Milestone (not obtained):
http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/event/famitsucup2007/secret/present_detail_15.jpg

EN 1UP Cup Page
JP Famitsu Cup Page

1UP Cup: Third Milestone Hit



This morning we hit our third (1000000) milestone. From now on, the milestones are 500000 points apart (except 4-5 million), so we should be hitting that every couple of days.

EN 1UP Cup Page

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Japan: Looking Towards the Future

Today Sonic Team put up a news article describing what they hope to have in terms of updates for the PC/PS2 servers in Japan over the next couple months. They don't break it down specifically (in terms of week to week), but they do give estimates from month to month. EspioKaos gave a translation at PSOW, which I've copied here. Thanks to him for sending me his or I probably would have wasted more time trying to do it again.

November

- World 1 and World 2 will finally be merged. (Hopefully.) The current ETA of this is mid-November. More details as they come up.
- A new system called Guardians Boost Road (GBR for short) will be implemented. Basically, certain missions are selected by SonicTeam to receive various bonuses upon completion. It's mentioned that November will start things off by increasing the drop rates of items on all Parum missions. Other planned GBR bonuses to be implemented at a later time include boosted EXP and MP values for select missions.
- Chapter 2 of Episode 3 will be released.
- The level cap will be raised to 120.
- New clothes and parts will be released.
- New Casino Volyale trade items will be added.
- New fields and free missions will be added, and as per usual, more new drops.
- The autumn and ancestral festival lobbies will be added.
- There had been mention a while back about Sonic Team starting a tracking website that will show players what missions are currently popular. That site is planned to open during the month of November.
- New partner machines will be added.
- Part of the room move passes will be introduced, which will allow you to move your room to one of the planets.

December

- Chapter 3 of Episode 3 will be released.
- The level cap will be increased to 130.
- A special event, Maximum Attack G, will begin in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Phantasy Star series.
* This event will introduce the Ragol-themed fields.
* With the new fields will come new drops.
* A poster contest will be held similar to the Thanks Festa competition. Entrants are encouraged to submit drawings based not only on just PSU but also PSO and the original Phantasy Star series of games.
- During the month of December, the PSO-themed clothes and parts will be released.
- The Christmas lobby will be introduced.

January - March of 2008

- One new chapter of Episode 3 will be released each month.
- New party missions will be added.
- Three new battle types will be added. (Fighmaster, Gunmaster and Masterforce, I'm willing to bet. )
- Level cap will be increased to 140.
- New fields, free missions and drops will be added.
- New clothes, parts and Casino Volyale items will be added.
- The New Year, snow, Valentine and White Day lobbies will be seen across these months.
- Even more new partner machines will be added.
- Other move tickets to allow you to move your room to one of the planets will be added.
- The Dengeki Cup (name not final) will begin. Remember that post I made a while back where the staff of Dengeki PlayStation were taking ideas for a big event? Well, this will be just that. So far, no other details have been revealed.
After this Sonic Team reaffirms that the updates will still come in smaller increments and not monthly batches. They also mention that this schedule is subject to change.

JP Future Content Release Estimates
EspioKaos's Post at PSOW

Japan: Updates for October 25th

I know I haven't been reporting on some of Japan's PC/PS2 content updates (even though I usually visit their site daily) and there are several reasons for that. But from now on you shouldn't be surprised to see them. Because I just don't have the time right now (and EspioKaos beat me to the punch), here's his update translation:

Seasonal lobby
- The Halloween lobbies will be up from 10.25.07 until 11.15.07.

New field
- Habirao Forbidden District will be added.

New free missions
- Mushroom Hill
Due to the incredibly high concentrations of photon energy at Habirao, civilians are prohibited from entering the area due to the risk of photon poisoning. However, in order to investigate the photon energy in this area, it is up to you to clear a path through the enemies for a research team.
- Rare, Dancing Bird
Due to the high photon concentrations at Habirao coupled with SEED contamination, a large outbreak of a subspecies of the rare Rappy has occurred. It seems there is one large bird that commands the smaller ones. Take down the huge Rappy!

New mid-point lobby
- Going with Habirao's addition, a new lobby, Habriao Village, will be added.

Partner machine adjustments
- The following partner machines will see some efficiency tweaks and adjustments: GH-413, GH-423, GH-433, GH-443 and GH-453.

New photon arts
- Some new skills will be added to the PA Fragment exchange mission. Two of these include Chuei Jitotsu-shin (twin claws) and Ick Hic (knuckles).

Weapons
- New weapons and weapon boards will be introduced.

New clothes and CV parts
- New clothing will be added for humans, newmans and beasts, while more color variant CAST parts will be introduced.
- Furthermore, a section of the site mentions the addition of Mt. Ohtoku's "donation box" and then shows a grayed out shot of the Mikumiko clothing set for all female characters, including CASTs. Hmm...

New room goods
- Numerous new room decorations will be added.

New casino prizes
- Many new room goods and jukebox discs will be added to Casino Volyale's Vol Coin trade counter.

Sale of "Fireworks"
- The item "Fireworks" will no longer be sold at NPC shops with this update.

Enemy drop changes
- Certain enemies (including bosses) will see an adjustment in what items they drop.

Remember that Japan has had AotI for about a month now, so most of these updates will be relevant for that. Moving forward, many of the updates that apply to normal PSU will usually be in the form of holiday lobbies and modifications to existing content.

JP Update for October 25th
EspioKaos's Post at PSOW

Monday, October 22, 2007

1UP Cup: Second Milestone Hit



We just surpassed the 600000 mark and got ourselves another milestone prize. Next up is the 1 million mark. I still think we're going along pretty well, but let's do our best!

EN 1UP Cup Page

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Podcast: PSU Community Podcast X (New)



PSU_Castor has reworked the last episode with changed and new content. Here is his change log:

- New, revamped intro
- Three new mystery tracks
- Added some new retro-Sega BGM songs
- Cut out a number of small pauses/dead air during the GM interview
- Updates to the news section, including freeze errors on 360 De Ragnus
This version is much improved and definately worth another listen. Get it at Switchpod and iTunes.

Podcast at Switchpod
Discussion Thread

Saturday, October 20, 2007

1UP Cup: First Milestone Hit



We surpassed 200000 Gurhal Check Points sometime this morning. If we keep this up, we should have a pretty good chance at getting to all the milestones. I think we might even have a chance at getting the next [600000] milestone by Monday.

Also, from now on the posts most relevant to the 1UP Cup will be posted under that label. I've also changed some of the older posts to reflect this.

EN 1UP Cup Page

Friday, October 19, 2007

General: Sega Knowledge Base

If you haven't noticed, Sega has a more proper solution to solving technical issues than most people will find in the forums. This covers all their games, but has alot of questions and answers pertaining to PSU (90 for the US and 18 for Europe at the time of posting).

The most interesting thing about this site is that it requires that you search for an issue before you can ask a question. Sounds like a good idea.

Finally, Sega's manual section is also updated. There are manuals for many of their recent titles including every version of PSU as PDFs. So for whatever reason you don't have one and need a copy you can find one here.

Sega Support Page
PSU Gateway (Auto links to relevent PSU articles for US/Europe)
Downloadable Manuals

Xbox 360: Other Patch Changes

Some users have found that the weapon Gudda Skela now displays a bubble effect that wasn't present in this version prior to last night's patch. I knew that there would be some other minor changes, but now we know for sure. If I hear about any other possible changes, I'll be sure to edit them into this post. Anyone else see anything different/improved?

Official Forums Topic
PSOW Topic
Gudda Skela at PSOW

1UP Cup: Official Webpage



As promised, the homepage for the 1up cup has officially launched. Similar to the firebreak page, you can check out the current totals, milestones, and more information there. It has a good deal of info, so go check it out now and often!

EN 1UP Cup Page

Other: Photon Fortune Table Change

I'm changing the pf table back to the old one. The luck has once again aligned with the Japanese as we have adapted their new chart in the update today. So unfortunately we will be losing the ability to forecast farther than several hours into the future. I guess it was fun while it lasted.

Podcast: PSU Community Podcast X



This week's podcast features an interview with the GM team as well as a retro Sega musical theme. Get it at iTunes or Switchpod.

Next week will be a podcast full of player requested songs. If you have one, message PSU_Castor over on the official forums.

Podcast at Switchpod
Discussion Thread

Other: 100th Post Special

It's been a little over two months since I started and I'm glad to say it's still been pretty busy around here.

First off, I want to make a little note about the RSS feed. Most pages link to Atom feeds at the bottom, but I know that RSS is more popular. Usually your browser will have a button that you can click to add a relevant feed (it's orange with like a broadcast signal as a logo) but otherwise all you have to do is add '?alt=rss' to the end of the atom link. For example:

Atom: http://psutimes.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
RSS: http://psutimes.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

Also, for about a month, I've been using a couple stat trackers (blogpatrol and google analytics) to pull out some interesting data from site visitors. There's a couple of mine in here too, but here's some ones of interest (some quite obvious):

Posts: 100
Comments: 19 (plus if there are any added for this or prior posts)
Average posts per day: 1.54
Most used OS: Windows XP
Most used browser: Firefox
Most used internet connection: Cable
Most visited post: AotI: Change Log
Most activity from a country: US followed by the UK
Most used resolution: 1024x768 followed by 1280x1024
Top referrer: The official forums followed by wikipedia
Top areas for the US: Tennessee (Cordova/Memphis) followed by California (Los Angeles/San Francisco)
Top cities for the US (not counting Cordova): Memphis TN followed by Pittsburgh PA
Top areas for the UK: Basingstoke followed by London closely followed by Nottingham

I can probably provide more if there's any interest. These sites give out some pretty specific details.

Alright, something really wierded me out. Google Analytics is giving me a great deal of activity from Cordova, TN. I'm not sure if some guy that's really into the game is changing his IP alot or what. Memphis (which is next to Cordova) is the next in line, but with a more reasonable number. Pittsburgh is the next highest city. However, Penn State University (PSU) resides there so there may have been some mistaken activity there. Still, I know some people that play PSU that go to PSU so I doubt it's far off. Another neat fact is those guys in Basingstoke match up with New York City. Generally there is not alot of activity from any one area so much as random people from just everywhere. But I like how high the visitor loyalty is. I can see alot of people are visiting fairly often.

I actually have a couple more things to say about Pittsburgh. Before I moved out to college, I used to live fairly close to there. You guys have the best wings in the world. I didn't even have to leave to know that (Sharon specifically, ie Quaker Steak and Lube). Next time I'm there I'll have to take some pictures of all the pro-PSU license plates and memorabilia. Also, there's something there that's a little bit more Sonic Team related. A Sheraton hotel that resembles the one found in Sonic Adventure is located there. You might think it to be quite a coincidence, but then you realize it's in a shopping district next to a river. That district's name? Station Square. I've been there, there are other buildings that resemble ones in the opening/game as well. I actually have this mug with a picture of the hotel that basically says [Sheraton] Station Square Hotel. But I digress...

Here's to hoping we get to 1000. Let's continue on with the news. After this update tonight, there's going to be alot going on for us. 1up cup, AotI, another major event, etc. will be keeping us busy for awhile. Everyone pitch in and help Sega of America power the hype train!

1UP Cup: 1UP Cup Phantasy Star Universe Club's Club on 1up.com

You heard that right. If you have an account over at 1up you can join this club for all things relevant to the cup. Right now they have some screenshots from our version of the cup as well as some information about it.

Thanks goes to Clumsyorchid. I was wondering when 1up would have something on it.

1UP Cup Phantasy Star Universe Club's Club on 1up.com
Clumsyorchid's Announcement

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Podcast: PSU Community Podcast IX.5



This is a special edition of the podcast where the hosts take a behind the scenes look at the production of the show. This is also a part of GU's week of events, so there is a prize opportunity here as well.

Next episode will feature an interview with the entire GM team. I know I'm looking forward to it.

Podcast at Switchpod
Discussion Thread
GU Week of Events

General: Update for October 19th

Sonic Team has announced the details for the first week of the 1UP Cup as well as some other things. Here's a few big ones:

- Event site will be up during maintenance
- The club will be open from the start of the event
- Two new missions will be added for the weeks of October 19th-26th and November 9th-16th
- Halloween lobbies are available with their respective rappies from October 19th-November 16th
- Xbox 360 patch
- Photon fortune table change

It looks like it's going to be a pretty busy month. Don't forget the expansion will be coming soon as well, so there's alot to look forward to.

1UP Cup Update Posting
JP Posting

Xbox 360: Patch Incoming

Along with the other updates for this week, it's announced that the long awaited 360 patch will finally be arriving in time for the 1up cup.

The following are at least what will be in there:

Changes to how deaths are treated in Missions. A significant change that affects how player death affects mission rankings has been made. During free missions and cooperative missions, player deaths will only affect mission ranks when opting to return to the lobby. Players can be revived mid-mission without affecting overall mission rank.

In high-ranking missions, enemies and bosses will now be a bit slower.

Cheat protection. The XBOX 360 servers have been modified to fix a group of exploits and security holes.

That should about do it until the big 'AotI' patch. This one contains the significant modifications that the PC/PS2 users got about three months ago.

Official Announcement

Saturday, October 13, 2007

AotI: PoA Final Chapter Fan Localization

The 6th and final chapter of Phantom of Arkguard has been converted into English. Thanks to all involved. You can find this one as well as the rest at the link below.

English PoA

Other: Podcast Embedding

I embedded the PSU Podcast into each relevant post. It's good since the Switchpod pages are rather messy. The only problem is that it seems for me it plays a little bit at the beginning before the 'no autoplay' part kicks in. This especially isn't great if you search for 'podcast'. It still isn't really ok with me if that happens each time someone visits the main page.

So if anyone knows what's up, I'd like to hear it. Or if you simply want to say whether this happens or not with your browser (and which one you have) that would be great too.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Podcast: Podcast IX Wrapup

I know I don't usually do this, but a couple great pieces of info were listed in this new podcast if you didn't listen in yet.

- GMs will become a bit more noticeable on PSU in the future
- GU has announced a week long string of events leading up to the 1up cup
- Very soon a GM will be available on the podcast to answer questions
- A thread to submit questions is available on both the official and the psow forums

Guardians United Week of Events
Official Forum Thread for GM Questions
PSOW Thread for GM Questions

AotI: New Screenshots

IGN has put up a few more screenshots of AotI. These are higher res than the others and many are quite clean. Thanks goes to Para from PSOW for this update.

Also, JRT is still uploading some new widescreen pictures and some very interesting items in a thread I mentioned prior. Check it out below.

AotI PC Screenshots on IGN
PSOW Thread on New Pictures
JRT's Screenshots

Podcast: PSU Community Podcast IX



This week's episode features an interview with Macadamia Nuts and a return to a more basic PSU theme for the music. Contents for this week include more 1up cup information among the usual. It's available at Switchpod and iTunes.

Podcast at Switchpod
Discussion Thread

Thursday, October 11, 2007

General: No Maintenance for October 11th

To quote Sonic Team:

There will be no maintenance on October 11th for the PC/PS2 and Xbox 360
servers. Please continue to play normally this Thursday and Friday. Maintenance
will return next week on October 18th in preparation for the 1UP Platinum Cup.
I think at this point it's safe to assume we're generally not going to get maintenance unless there is a patch or a content update.

Official Announcement

Xbox 360: Update on Chatpad Fixing

Clumsyorchid gave an update today about what's going on with integrating the chatpad with PSU. To quote:

I would hold off on buying a messenger kit anytime soon. I got word back
from the development team that adding support will require significant work to
the code to integrate it into the game. I had hoped that the addition would be a
quicker fix, but this is not the case.

We still feel that the messenger kit is a great peripheral and are working
on ways of adding support, however it will be several months out before this can
be addressed in full. I want to be clear and point out that this was a
peripheral that was added to the Xbox family by Microsoft and as far as I know,
we were not approached to support this device. Hopefully this has a happy ending
and we can all rejoice with some lobby chat sometime in the future.
It looks like we'll have to wait awhile longer. But at least we can be sure they are working on it. Until then we'll have to stick with USB keyboards. In other news, the Wii now has full USB keyboard support for things like the Opera browser. So if you have a Wii, buying one might not be all that bad.

Messenger Kit Thread

Other: Photon Fortune Changes

According to information posted at the link below, Sonic Team is changing the photon fortune tables. I'm assuming this is to mix up the values for the next year or so so we won't be able to predict what's coming. This in turn means that the chart to our right may become less than accurate. It could mean that for at least awhile we could have different values than the Japanese. Regardless, the extended predictions will probably end up incorrect.

I'm sure we'll be able to find out soon enough what to do, but until then keep an eye out for any mistakes. We have a couple options depending on what happens though.

1. If our pf values change at the same time as Japan, we should be able to continue to stream their values. However, we'll have to remove the extended predictions as we won't know what they are.

2. If we have to wait for a server update, then we can probably continue using the old values for our predictions instead of taking them from Japan. The extended predictions will still work, at least up until our update happens.

Whatever happens, we'll unfortunately have to say goodbye to the 3 star pf forecast at some point. Comments are very welcome, but I'll definately post again once this situation is figured out.

JP 10/11 Update

AotI: Final PoA Chapter and Episode 3 Page

Japan's AotI page has been updated a bit early this week to tie up some loose ends before Episode 3 starts. Chapter 1 of Episode 3 actually comes out today. There is also now a prologue page for Episode 3. This seems to be the last update as there are no more 'hidden' sections on the site. That hasn't stopped them from adding before though, so I'll still keep a look out. Expect an English version of this chapter soon.

If you haven't been watching for whatever reason (not finishing Episode 2 would be good enough) and for some odd reason want the credits, here they are:

Producer: Satoshi Sakai
Comic: Daigo Shinma
Painting/Authoring: Yasuhiko Izumi
Sound: Hideaki Kobayashi and Masaru Setsumaru
Special Thanks: Youichiro Kugimiya
Writer/Director: Naozumi Yamaguchi
Presented by SEGA

PoA Chapter 6
About Episode 3

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Xbox 360: Witching Hour Masquarade Ball on October 27th

Hitori X and Fates Hand will be holding a Halloween themed event. Here's some details:

Date: October 27th, 2007
Time: 10 AM PST, 1 PM EST, 6 PM UTC with another at some point after
Place: Pavilion of Air on Neudaiz on Universe 29
Requirements: Need to be able to access each main lobby and each first secondary lobby
Prizes: Pot starting at 2.4 million meseta, but may go up. Sega is also providing some real life items.

Please visit the link to keep track of any changes that may happen before the event and the full details.

Hitori X's Announcement Thread

Xbox 360: No Maintenance This Week

Sonic Team of Japan has mentioned there will be no break for maintenance on Xbox 360 this Thursday night. This usually implies that the English PC/PS2 servers will also not be down. I expect an admin to confirm this tomorrow.

Definately expect one next week along with the 1up Cup!

JP Announcement

Friday, October 5, 2007

AotI: PoA Chapter 5 Fan Localization

Chapter 5 of Phantom of Arkguard is now up in English. Kudos to them on the speed this time around!

English PoA Chapter 5

Podcast: PSU Community Podcast Episode VIII



This week's podcast features the official board moderator Momonpso as well as music from Sonic 3 and Knuckles! It's available as usual from both Switchpod and iTunes.

PSU Podcast at Switchpod
Discussion Thread

AotI: PoA Chapter 4 Fan Localization

Here's Chapter 4 of Phantom of Arkguard in English. Thanks goes to everyone involved!

English PoA Chapter 4

AotI: PoA Chapter 5

It seems as if chapter 4 was just a little bit late. This week's update has chapter 5 of Phantom of Arkguard. When the fan localizations come out, I'll be sure to post them both.

One more to go!

PoA Chapter 5

Thursday, October 4, 2007

General: No Maintenance for October 4th

The PSU servers won't be down tonight for maintenance. Next week they will be though.

Official Announcement

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

AotI: New Screenshots from IGN

IGN uploaded about 14 pages worth of new screenshots for AotI. It seems they are mostly from the JP PS2 version so I've linked directly there to avoid confusion. The same ones are listed under the 360 and PC sections as well. The screenshots of the CG cutscenes are actually in 720p, so I imagine they are for the 360 (and probably PC) version. Saner over at PSOW pointed this out, so props go there.

Be forewarned, some of these screenshots are from Episode 3.

IGN PS2 AotI Images
PSOW Discussion Thread

Japan: PSU Mobile Casino



In an interesting update to the 'PSU Mobile' service for cellphones in Japan, Casino stuff as well as a few more features have been added. Think of it as 'AotI Mobile'. You can even play a few card games and integrate your progress with your in game character.

PSU Mobile

AotI: PoA Chapter 4

Sonic Team has sorta stopped their Friday AotI updates in favor of an anytime system. They've released the 4th chapter of Phantom of Arkguard. Expect an English translation sometime in the near future.

PoA Chapter 4