Phantasy Star Universe is a 3D MMORPG from Sonic Team and Sega based on the classic Phantasy Star Online series. Containing both a single-player RPG campaign and an MMORPG component, the game presents a sci-fi tale that takes place in a distant galaxy with several planets. After a mysterious attack, events lead to the discovery of a once-forgotten ancient power, whose possible unveiling leads to conflict. Hack & slash gameplay is the order of the day, while there are also many dungeons to crawl and the usual range of hunting and questing for advancement.
Phantasy Star Universe offers the four races of Humans, Newmans, Beasts, and CASTs, as well as several different factions. The ability to change classes at will is available without loss of class-specific experience. Online, players can create fully customized characters and fight missions and explore dungeons together.
The PS2 and and PC versions of the game were shut down on March 31, 2012, while the Xbox 360 version was shut down on September 7, 2012.
Come March 31st, 2010 the PS2 and PC servers for Phantasy Star Universe will be shutting down according to an announcement made on the official PSU website. New subscriptions to PSU on the PC & PS2 versions will no longer be available after January 29th, 2010. Not all is doom and gloom in Phantasy Star Universe news today, though, as the game will continue to live on through its XBOX 360 offering.
SEGA has announced in a press release that they will be launching an expansion to Phantasy Star Universe. The new expansion is titled Ambition of the Illuminus and will be available for download and in stores in the autumn of 2007.
Phantasy Star Universe offers promotional weekend for players to join the Xbox Live Community.
SEGA, the company behind the MMORPG Phantasy Star Universe, has announced that there is a known issue for players who log on through their XBox 360s. When players experience an Interrupt Request Error, they should not retry, but should rather disconnect and try again. Phantasy Star Universe is available for both the PC and the XBox 360.
Phantasy Star Universe launches today and MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller gives you his impressions from the game's beta test (PC).
The Phantasy Star Universe Beta, which was originally slated to begin today, will be delayed. No exact date has been announced, although it is said that the beta should "release very soon after".
SEGA has just announced that Phantasy Star Universe will be entering Open Beta on October 11, 2006! Anyone with an active XBox Live account can download and join in!