One beta test for Phantasy Star Online 2 is in the books and another is coming up next week. For a game as long-anticipated as PSO2 was, last month’s beta likely drew a lot of players, and while we don’t have exact numbers, SEGA has revealed a bunch of other statistics regarding player activity in that test — including two players who apparently didn’t get any sleep while it was going on.
In terms of races, the base humans were the most popular, as is usually the case in MMORPGs, with 35.5% of players choosing the most boring option. CAST was #2 at 24.2%, with deumans and newmans both around 20%. 56.9% of characters were male, though newmans, which had the lowest overall percentage, had the highest percentage of female characters. Also, Magicman and I both agree that “human, deuman, and newman” makes the races sound like Donald Duck’s nephews.
Next up is classes, in which the top two were the hunter and braver classes, both of which were over 20%. At the bottom of the list was the poor techter, who only accounted for 1.1% of all characters. So if you really want to be different, make a male newman techter, which by my count, only accounted for about one out of every 1,245 characters.
Then comes the progress chart, which shows that nearly 3/4 of players didn’t make it past level 20. On the other end, two — not two percent, but just two — players made it all the way to level 75. Magicman has confirmed that he’s not one of them, though I’m not sure I believe him.
Wrapping up, we have a chart that indicates players’ overall experience with the Phantasy Star franchise, which shows us that 18.81% of players also enjoyed the first PSO MMO, while 6.89%, like me, have never played any PSO game. Unsurprisingly, the final chart indicates that 99.84% of people in the beta plan to play PSO2 when it launches, which makes you wonder what that other 0.16% were doing. Maybe they were those two players who got to level 75 and now they’re burned out.