Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis mars its Sonic crossover event with high-dollar cosmetics

Also players are getting banned with no explanation

    
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It should have been a fun little thing, merging the Sonic franchise into Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, but like offering people a delicious ice cream cone and jabbing the pointy end into their eyes, Sega decided to take a nice thing and turn it into a source of player agitation.

Here’s what’s happening: The game is running a crossover event that’s offering up cosmetics, boost items, and stamps for completing a variety of different tasks, whether it’s retweeting a tweet, joining an alliance, or speaking in party chat. However, there’s one particular set of cosmetics as part of the “Treat Chao’self” series of tasks that can only be earned by spending upwards of 10,000 AC; for the record, buying enough AC to spend in order to earn all of these items requires a $100 purchase. There’s also emotes that can be earned only through buying a Premium Set.

Needless to say, players are displeased about this portion of the event. “You could buy Sonic Colors Ultimate twice for that price and still have $20 left. Absolutely ridiculous,” reads one reply to the Reddit thread. “I don’t have the energy to be snarky, so I will just say that I am immensely disappointed in NGS’s direction so far,” reads another player’s response on Twitter.

On top of that, there are reports of unexplained account bannings making the rounds. The assumption is that players are being targeted with mass reports of harassment via numerous alt accounts (aka red boxing). It was also assumed that bans are automatically applied but Sega has flatly denied this. All in all, it’s not a fun time to be a fan of NGS.

sources: official site, Reddit (1, 2, 3), Twitter
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ThirdchildP

Here’s what isn’t being said here:

This”campaign” lasts all month. There are 3 AC scratches planned for the month; if one were to purchase 3000 AC (30 USD, which is both reasonable and best cost-to-value range) at least once per scratch – and there are many items of interest within those 3 scratches – they would nearly fulfill the requirements to get the campaign rewards.

Furthermore, it’s repeatedly misrepresented as having to spend $100 “just” to get the campaign items, largely overlooking the other uses for AC in game. While it’s ultimately a player’s choice how they spend their money, or if they do at all, it’d be a wasteful oversight to buy so much AC just for one item clearly intended to be a bonus for what a player might otherwise have normally done anyways.

Naturally of course, mileage may vary, and neither the AC scratches nor the Sonic campaign items are absolutely necessary to enjoy the game as it currently is.

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CasterDPS

The just you are quoting is not used within the article itself. The article writer simply states you need to pay $100 to get the full set, this is true.

The promotion of an expensive gacha campaign does not sit well with users that aren’t enjoying the game for numerous reasons. It’s also not a good promotional item from outsiders, since all they see is expensive gacha rather than promoting gameplay.

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ThirdchildP

I understand that this overall looks unappealing. What I pointed out that the money spent is not “just” for that one item, nor should it be. At the same time, it’s not something meant to be done all in one go. It can be done that way, but it’s very not likely intended to, not when there’s multiple gachas within one month planned, and the campaign runs the whole month.

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wjowski

NGS has the foundation for what could be a a very fun game but between being obviously incomplete and crap like this it’s not something I’d recommend.

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tykytys

I gave NG a try and enjoyed the few drips of content that are currently available. Honestly, though, there’s little point in even levelling to the current cap of 20 (if I recall correctly) since there’s nothing but grind from about level 9 on.

Not that the story quests in the “original” PSO2 are anything of great literary quality, but at least there’s something more than running around and killing the same visual arrangement of pixels in the same zone time and time again.

I suspect that in 1.5 years or so, once new content has been released (including a chapter or two of “storyline”) I’ll visit again, at which point levels 1-20 will go by like a breeze, without the tedium. Of course, then it’ll be levels x-y that are grindy, but at least there’ll be different visuals to go with that grind.

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CasterDPS

And even better, more classes and more clothes to buy on the market.
If the market is stable in 1-2 years… after they killed most of it off it’s hard to say.

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Dankey Kang

Everyone: content pls
Sega: $100 cosmetics are content, right?

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Veldara

I was having a great time playing base PSO2 before NG came out, then Sega decided to lock access to PSO2 until you progress through NG and even when you did you have to navigate a very bad ui to get to play a game you already had. At that point I left the franchise, I saw where Sega was going with this and I’m glad I left.

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Bruno Brito

Gotta go scummy.

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CasterDPS

It really is not. NGS, can you please just add content. Even the roadmap is a huge downer.

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Christopher Allcock

Welcome to the new lows for Sonic; Forces, ’06, and now the new low NG cash grab…

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Leo

*sighs and shakes head*