Thursday, April 10, 2008

Japan: PC/PS2 Update for April 10th

Seems there is alot for me to catch up on. First JP's update for this week (translation by EspioKaos):

Seasonal lobby [sth: PSUv1]
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom across Gurhal! Enjoy the scenery from April 10 until May 8. [Added note: corrected from April 24]

GUARDIANS Boost Road
This time it's for Neudaiz. This GBR will be running from April 10 until May 08 with a drop boost bonus. The missions this time are:
* Hill of Spores
* Dancing Birds
* Sakura Warpath (new mission)
* Sacred Stream
* White Beast

New free mission
Sakura Warpath (C-S2, Saguraki C.D. to Ohtoku City)
After the collapse of the Illuminus, some spies were revealed to be active within the Communion of Gurhal. Now they've armed themselves and taken refuge in the Saguraki C.D. Track down and suppress the rebels!

New rare free mission
Fires of Illusion (C-S, random counter)
Following the discovery of Rykros, a mysterious cave has been spotted by eyewitnesses, appearing and disappearing all over Neudaiz. High nanotransformer activity has been detected in the area, but its cause is unknown...
* The method of getting a rare free mission has changed slightly. With this update, your chances of getting the mission will increase if you have more players in your party. Furthermore, the amount of time it takes to clear a mission will have an effect on your chances of a rare mission appearing. If a mission is cleared in less than five minutes, there is no chance of a rare mission appearing. From five minutes and up, however, the longer a mission takes, the better the chances of a rare mission appearing. Note that anywhere over 30 minutes will not increase the chances of an appearance above the maximum probability.
- Only the party leader will be able to see the rare mission appear. [Added note]
- Also, if players join mid-mission, in order for their play time to go toward increasing the chances of finding a rare mission, they must have been in the mission for at least 80% of the total time spent. [Added note]
- Also applies to Forest of Illusion. [Added note]

New S2 missions
* Sakura Blast
* White Beast
* Hill of Spores
* Dancing Birds
* Sacred Stream

Enemy adjustments [sth: some PSUv1]
Adjustments have been made to the following missions which will disallow players from semipermanently engaging enemies in battle (for the purpose of AFK leveling photon arts, for example):
* The Black Nest
* Seal of the Dark God
* Maximum Attack G'
* Mad Creatures
* Plains Overlord
* Endrum Remnants
* Duel in the Ruins
* Scarred Planet
* Grove of Fanatics
* The Results of Ambition (story mission)

Item exchange mission
Electric Festival (Dagora GUARDIANS Branch)
Bring any extra Zon Drops and Zon Spheres you have from the Dengeki Mission Carnival to trade in for some interesting items! (This mission will contain some of the items from DMC's exchange mission.)

New items
* New Casino Voloyal items will be added to the exchange counter.
* Many new weapons, line shields and units will be added. Note that new units which will increase or decrease TECHNIC range affect only TECHNICs which fire in a straight line, i.e. Foie and Barta.

System change [sth: PSUv1]
Prices will now be color-coded in shops. Blue: 100,000 - 999,999 Green: 1,000,000 - 9,999,999 Yellow: 10,000,000 and above

Universe consolidation [sth: PSUv1]
The number of universes will be reduced from 42 to 26.

Sounds like quite a bit. The GBR this time is all AotI. I'm going to take a bet we'll be seeing 'Caves of Illusion' on our own EN servers. I think the new rare mission appearance method is welcome along with the other system changes. I'm guessing we'll see these soon enough.

The reduction of universes is peculiar (although not the first time there's been a change). They now have less than the 360 servers (demo or proper, EN PC/PS2 has 18). About half the 'normal' universes and one of each of the labeled ones have been lopped off. I've seen some reduction of their playerbase, but I didn't imagine it was enough to present quite this large of a change (16 of them). There used to be two worlds with 40 universes a piece (after some quick fixing of a greater than expected launch base). When they combined them (around AotI's release), they sorted them out into 56. January 10th of this year they reduced it to 42 universes. As of today (3 months later), it's down to 26. It makes me wonder if we'll be seeing some dropped universes on the EN side.

Update: Notice of a maintenance extension linked. This is so they can take down the Dengeki event and reduce the number of universes (along with the rest of the update).

Update: Sonic Team is encouraging users to send in reports of griefers that will boot party members when rare items appear. I'm not sure if the EN side currently does anything, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to ask. If they don't, perhaps they will soon enough.

Update: As with most events, the GMs will be running around doing various things during this GBR. Link is below.

Update: The updates have been applied and as usual there is a change log. Version is now 2.0006.3. I'd imagine the EN servers will see these updates soon enough. Here's EspioKaos's translation:
* A universe transport cube has been added to the GUARDIANS HQ at the GUARDIANS Colony. Also, a PP charger, transport cube and NPC vendor have been added to each planet's GUARDIANS Branch
* Enemy HP has been adjusted in "Forest of Illusion."
* Party recruitment missions ("Dagora Standby Area," Holtes Standby Area," "Ohtoku Standby Area") have changed the way fastest clear times are presented. (No specific details are given on the change, however.) Also, a way to leave the standby area without ending the mission has been added.
* Grinder synthesis has been changed so that the maximum number of Grinders (of the same grade) you can produce reflects the maximum number you can put hold in both your personal inventory and your partner machine's storage.
* The mission "Military Subway" has been adjusted to correct a bug that caused certain containers to never drop anything.
Update: Also a common site after maintenance is a list of things that haven't been fixed and of course will be in the future. This thing has been updated a few times. At first it was mentioned that GBR points weren't correct and that they may have needed to be reset. Then they mentioned an issue where users using Entrance 2 didn't have correct search results from the shop system. They fixed the point issue and because of the reset are going to be providing more 3 star photon fortune.

Update: Sonic Team made an update to the content update page. The added notes are marked accordingly. They are the date change for the lobbies and extra notes about the Illusion mission changes.

Update: There is a page describing an emergency maintenance on Saturday. The aforementioned bugs are corrected after this (GBR and search issues).

Update: Change log for the emergency maintenance added. Now GBR will start off at a 25% bonus (instead of 3), but still only go up to 50% per player. In addition, the promised 3 star photon fortune will appear on April 17th to the 24th.

Goodness...this was some weekend for JP.

Update: Added another note about the rare mission finding update. Only the party leader will see it, so there is no need to disband.

JP Update Page
PSOW Thread
Official Forum Thread
Extended Maintenance
Wicked User Notice
GBR GM Event
Game Server Update
Known Defects
Emergency Maintenance
Emergency Maintenance Update

1 comment:

EspioKaos said...

Forgot to let you know about the updates. I'm just going to copy-paste this from the update I made to my thread at PSOW, so ignore the duplicate stuff you mentioned. ;)

http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/news/wis/?mode=view&id=652
^ SonicTeam did a stealth update to their maintenance notes, extending the end date of the spring lobby to May 08. They also did some other random changes.

* A universe transport cube has been added to the GUARDIANS HQ at the GUARDIANS Colony. Also, a PP charger, transport cube and NPC vendor have been added to each planet's GUARDIANS Branch
* Enemy HP has been adjusted in "Forest of Illusion."
* Party recruitment missions ("Dagora Standby Area," Holtes Standby Area," "Ohtoku Standby Area") have changed the way fastest clear times are presented. (No specific details are given on the change, however.) Also, a way to leave the standby area without ending the mission has been added.
* Grinder synthesis has been changed so that the maximum number of Grinders (of the same grade) you can produce reflects the maximum number you can put hold in both your personal inventory and your partner machine's storage.
* The mission "Military Subway" has been adjusted to correct a bug that caused certain containers to never drop anything.

http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/news/wis/?mode=view&id=653
^ One more thing. There's a problem with the new GBR. Earned points aren't showing up properly. The cause is being researched, and it is warned that a possible point reset may have to be done to fix the issue. They'll post more news on that once it becomes available.

http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/news/wis/?mode=view&id=650
^ So who hates folks who boot party members for rares? SonicTeam encourages you to report them so that appropriate action can be taken against them!

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And as of now...

http://phantasystaruniverse.jp/news/wis/?mode=view&id=654
^ Emergency maintenance is underway for the Japanese PC/PS2 servers to correct a few bugs. The servers will be down Saturday morning from 1:00a.m. until 5:00a.m. JST. (If I'm converting properly, they're down right now, but should be back up in the next few hours.)

The bugs being fixed are:
* GBR points not showing up properly. (No mention has been made on whether or not current points will have to be reset.)
* Player shop search results not appearing for those on Entrance 2.