Satoshi Sakai, Producer of Phantasy Star Online 2, provided some information today about the paid services that will be provided (in Japan for now) to players willing to spend actual money on the game.
The currency used for real money transactions will be the ARCS Cash (or AC), that will be purchasable at a one to one exchange rate with the Japanese Yen.
Players will be able to purchase a monthly “Premium Set” for 1,300 AC, a bi-monthly one for 2,500 AC and a tri-monthly one for 3,600 AC, saving more money by purchasing more months at once.
The main perks provided by the Premium Set will be access to the My Room and My Shop systems, that provide player housing and a personal shop. A premium bank storage will also be available to those willing to pay for the set.
My Room and My Shop will also be available for free via a “scratch card” system, but they will last only three days.
Sakai also specified that no quest in the game will have to be purchased with real money at launch, meaning that most of the content of Phantasy Star Online 2 will be still available for free.
In the meanwhile we’re still left wondering if the game will ever make it to the west, so it’s still a bit early to start speculating about the business model we might have to work with internationally. Hopefully Sega will let us know soon enough.