Phantasy Star Online 2’s My Room and My Shop Features Will Require a Premium Subscription

on June 10, 2012 12:02 PM

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.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.