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.