Phantasy Star Online 2 introduces its ‘scratch tickets’ lockboxes as the open beta kicks off

A lockbox by any other name...

    
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Scratching an itch.

The open beta for Phantasy Star Online 2 has kicked off today on the Xbox One, with Windows 10 still listed as “coming soon.” So if you’re on your PC, you’ll have to just watch with a certain degree of jealousy as the game rolls out its first scratch tickets, which are… lockboxes. They’re lockboxes, but with a different name. They cost a bit of microtransaction currency to buy in, they reward you various cosmetic bits and bobs, they’re lockboxes.

On the bright side, there are technically two scratch tickets, with one of them bought via FUN points. FUN points can be earned by free means like sending a Kudos, daily logins, and generally being friendly and helpful to be around. The full rundown of rewards in both are available on the site, though, so if you’re enthusiastic about getting your first crack at the various treasures contained within random boxes of stuff, now is your moment.

Source: Official Site (1, 2)

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

To be fair, it’s a 8 years old game, so this is what they’re doing on the game already, nothing new. People that was hyped for this game should’ve made their homework and searched about how this f2p MMO was making money.

This doesn’t change anything for me, but now is the time for those who have a beef with gambling on games to jump ship, if they weren’t already aware of it.

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Richard de Leon III

…..oh bloody hell no. No more mtx dammit…..

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Alexandre C. Fernandes

As a Windows 7 user, I’m a bit worried about OS requirements.

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Vincent Clark

I mean, I get the fact that this game has it’s share of fans…but, the “it’s just cosmetics in the lockboxes” argument has got to go.

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agemyth 😩

Yep, the monetization has always been bad in PSO2 and they aren’t “localizing” the business model.

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Castagere Shaikura

My hype for this game is just falling fast. The no PC news and now lockboxes. This game will be a focused Xbox game where PC player are an afterthought. Microsoft is banking on the game to sell Xboxes and will focus on that in the ads.

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Sorenthaz

Game’s always had the scratch tickets.

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Mewmew

As long as they’re just cosmetics, they should be okay. Even Path of Exile which is set at the ultimate praised free to play monetization does cosmetic lock-boxes.

The problem is when they tie said lock-boxes to your power. When the only thing they’re tied to is cosmetics, it’s not that big of a deal.

As long as they stay just having cosmetic lock-boxes, I’ll still play and even buy a bunch of them to support the game. If they switch over to power-based monetization and lock-boxes, I won’t spend a penny on the game.

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camren_rooke

I used to think it was ok for it to be cosmetics only but now I think I agree with Jim Sterling. “Just cosmetics’ as an argument doesn’t work for me anymore.

Costumes/outfits/mounts/housing items are all a part of the experience of the game. Having to gamble real money for them is anathema to enjoying the game.

Can I run around in brown rags all the way to max level, sure, but part of my enjoyment is tied up with its costumes and its mounts and its housing items.

Charge me a monthly fee for the game, make it hard for me to get said item in game, but don’t make me gamble for stuff.

I realize I might be in the minority but this kind of stuff should have never been let in games to begin with.

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Sorenthaz

As far as I remember they’re cosmetic only, have a monthly? rotation, and folks could trade/sell them in the player kiosks or whatever. Similar to SWTOR’s I guess.

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Fouille

Will this be like a soft launch ?

Lockboxes in any shape or form has too stop !

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Utakata

Gaming industry should declare lockboxes as a pandemic with a curve that needs to be flattened. /bleh

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Mewmew

No offense but not really funny or appropriate…

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Utakata

Offense over tone arguing taken. As there is nothing wrong with using pandemics as analogies.

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Mewmew

But they won’t, and it’s just cosmetics. Cosmetic lock-boxes are accepted by the vast majority of MMORPG players.

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Vincent Clark

According to whom?

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Utakata

I am not sure a vast majority is even needed, let alone a majority, for them to succeed to where the developers have no intentions of removing them.

However, I agree…citation is really needed for that claim.

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TJ French

Tells me everything I need to know when they are beta testing the lockboxes along with the gameplay. Skip.

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Mewmew

Well except the lock boxes are only cosmetics, so it’s not like the games where lock boxes are tied to your power. You can totally ignore them and won’t be affected other than not having certain looks you can set to your character. That and you can get tickets just by playing too.

There isn’t any free to play game out there that doesn’t have some sort of lock boxes (it’s extremely rare for even buy to play MMORPGs not to have them). Even the highly praised monetization of Path of Exile has them. Theirs are only cosmetics too though (just like this game), and people seem to generally accept that.

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TJ French

Stop. Selling. Lockboxes.

Stop putting gambling in these games. If you have a product (cosmetic, whatever), price it and sell it directly. I don’t care what in these boxes. They have to stop. Eventually, the boxes always become the best bang for their production buck and the game suffers. I’m here to play a game, not gamble.

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Armsbend

In Japan you don’t have to fake it isn’t gambling for kidz.

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McGuffn

does seem like a lot of shareholders gathered around a table and asked themselves how they could make it even more like gambling.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

The term ‘gacha’ is originated from Japan after all.