SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd today announced
Phantasy Star Universe, the next installment in the
popular Phantasy Star series, developed for both the
PlayStation 2 and the PC. Phantasy Star Universe offers
two complete RPG experiences - a single-player action
adventure spanning multiple planets, and a robust
online multi-player component.
by SEGA Studios under the guidance of Yuji Naka, the
creator of Sonic The Hedgehog and Phantasy Star Online,
Phantasy Star Universe offers long-time fans the epic
experience they have been clamoring for. The solo
adventure features more than 40 hours of gameplay,
an emotionally engaging story, traditional cut scenes,
and strong character development. The title's hero
is Ethan Waber, a 17-year old cadet intent on saving
his sister, who is living on a planet under siege
by mysterious life forces called THE SEED.
Online Mode, players are given the opportunity to
create their own characters from a range of races,
and they get to explore all three planets in the Grarl
solar system. Fans can travel with a squad of other
adventurers, enter urban sprawls teeming with hundreds
of other players, and build their avatars into powerful
Star has a rich history, both as a single-player RPG
franchise and as an online multi-player series,"
said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Entertainment
Marketing, SEGA of America. "By fully supporting
both gameplay modes in one package, we will be able
to provide gamers with a fantasy role-playing experience
of unprecedented depth."
first Phantasy Star game to appear on a PlayStation
platform, Phantasy Star Universe will offer a rich,
constantly evolving world that will provide years
of entertainment to fans of the series and RPG enthusiasts.
The game is slated to ship in Spring 2006.
The first major offline Phantasy Star game in more
than a decade.The robust, full-featured single-player
campaign offers more than 40 hours of gameplay.
enormous planets to explore. A gigantic overworld
and more than twenty giant dungeons are featured.
enemies to fight. In addition to a brand-new roster
of standard opponents, there are more than 15 major
bosses to challenge.
vehicles. Players no longer need to travel everywhere
by foot, adding a new dimension to exploration.
best online Phantasy Star experience to date. The
game features a game world that will evolve with
new content over the course of several years.