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kyori
:D Consider me on the pc bus.

http://img163.exs.cx/img163/390/psu2qe.jpg
donkeybeatz
AHHHH NEWS!!
I don't really care what platform its on, just gimme!
Judging from the pic..... Dual weilding?? Gun in one hand and saber in the other? Hrm hrm.
Only a couple more weeks till the new issue of EGM comes out.
Thanks Kyori!

Time to invest in the most kick ass video card.

EDIT: Upon further investigation, it also says....... "PS2"!
I guess this gives Mute a reason to use his HDD hahaha.

EDIT EDIT: D'oh I'm an idiot, I didn't fully read the topic description =P
Though I'll hold my breath since it could be some kind of sick joke haha.
Riel
Some guy on the TeamXbox forums yesterday said it was coming out in November,on the new XBox with 65 players online(i think it means in one world,not sure) but the link he provided had the date and the XBox 2 mention but nothing else...i'll try to find it.

EDIT:more info

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/front_index.php?

PHANTASY STAR UNIVERSE REVEALED!

Classic MMORPG franchise revived by Sega's Sonic Team

11:46 Sega's Sonic Team is set to revive one of the Dreamcast's finest hours, with the advent of Phantasy Star Universe, a brand new massively multiplayer RPG which is set for release before the end of this year on Xbox, PC and PS2.
"A MMORPG on the Dreamcast? Surely you jest?" we hear you cry. But no kids, it's all true. And Phantasy Star Online was a highly regarded, early 56k console delve into the world of online, possibly only surpassed by the glorious mismatch which saw Dreamcast owners wholesale slaughter at the hands of PC Quake III Arena players.

Actually we broke first details on this last year, when it was slated as a GameCube exclusive. But a whole lot has changed since then because now Phantasy Star Universe is set to rock Xbox, PC and PS2 owners' bones before the end of 2005, with a release in the US and Japan currently pegged for around November.

There's few details at present except that Phantasy Star Universe is being developed by Sega's mighty Sonic team, and that in its consoles incarnations it will support up to 65 players and cost around $65 in the US.
No details on whether there'll be an ongoing subscription or not, but we have seen the first cheeky image from the game and we have to report it really does seem to live up to the sumptuous graphics of its illustrious predecessor. Wouldn't it be great if Sonic Team could also implement some swinging cross-platform action too, with PC players adventuring alongside their Xbox counterparts? One from our great gaming wish list.

Anyway, we're currently awaiting a response from Sega HQ on possible European release dates and details but we have to say it's great to see one of the classic online franchises revived. Phantasy Star Universe should further cement Sega's growing presence in the MMORPG online world.
unitself
Wow.. interestng news.
I am glad to see Xbox on that list of consoles. beigesmile.gif!!
But I am double sad to not see the GC on that list.
This will just further devide the great AT front.
Let's just cross our fingers that some kind of cross platform setup is implemented.

Now... the real waiting begins.
Azrael
Ok,I'm now in anticipation. teleport.gif If it comes to it, and the PC, PS2, and XBox are server compatible (they did it with FFXI, they could do it and add XBox capability), that would be a good thing. I may have to consider my options anad swallow my pride and play on the PC.
kyori
QUOTE (unitself @ Mar 17 2005, 09:28 AM)
Wow.. interestng news.
I am glad to see Xbox on that list of consoles. beigesmile.gif!!
But I am double sad to not see the GC on that list.
This will just further devide the great AT front.
Let's just cross our fingers that some kind of cross platform setup is implemented.

Now... the real waiting begins.

Nope not for xbox. Says so on the scan itself that it's ps2/PC and will even be more so clarified in the upcoming EGM.
donkeybeatz
IGN posted additional information:

First off, platform. The magazine lists Phantasy Star Universe as being in development for the PC and PlayStation 2. It does not list any other platform, so we can presume that, in Japan at least, the game is coming to these two platforms alone.

Phantasy Star Universe is set in the Grail Star System, which consists of three planets, as Phantasy Star fans would expect. Players are thrown into the middle of a war that has spanned a vast time.

Unlike PSO, the game has main characters with names. Two characters have been revealed so far: Ewan Webber and Karen Ella. Both aspires to be members of a fighting force called the Guardian Force. Will they be accepted?

Unfortunately, the exact nature of Phantasy Star Universe is still somewhat of a mystery. It's definitely an RPG, and it definitely has an Online component, allowing players to adventure with friends. Jump doesn't reveal if the game is a massively multiplayer Online title, or if the Online play is more limited, as in Phantasy Star Online. Players will be able to travel back and forth between the three planets of the Grail system, adventuring through massive 3D fields on vehicles and taking on huge monsters along the way.

A good many questions still remain unanswered, but at least we now have some solid details on Sega's big return to Phantasy Star. We expect information to slowly be released as the game approaches its Winter Japanese release.


Sauce page =P

Characters with names? Traveling between the Grail Star System? Vehicles? Winter release?
cry2.gif
My next game to import.

EDIT: Gamespot had similiar info but went in depth with the characters:

Phantasy Star Universe will take place throughout the Graal solar system, which consists of three planets and various races such as the Numans. After a century of peace following a lengthy period of war, civilization now faces an invasion from a new alien force named the SEED, which has begun attacking different colonies in space.

Two of the main characters will be Ethan Weaver and Karen Era. Fans may remember Ethan and Karen as the brown-haired youth who appeared in the trailer from the E3 presentation. The purple-haired Karen was also featured in the same but has since gone through some character design changes.

Ethan is a 17-year-old trainee at a planetary security organization named the Guardians, and Karen works as his instructor at the security organization. Ethan and Karen, along with some friends, are charged with the duty to protect humanity from the mysterious alien life forms.

Because Phantasy Star Universe has been promoted as a new installment to the Phantasy Star RPG series and has a solid storyline, it's a good bet that the game will play as a standalone title rather than an online game like Phantasy Star Online series.
AC9breaker
All I can say and stuck thinking is















OH
MY
GOD!
beigebigeek.gif
Kazicht
QUOTE (AC9breaker @ Mar 17 2005, 03:49 PM)
All I can say and stuck thinking is

OH
MY
GOD!
beigebigeek.gif

...ditto. beigebigeek.gif
Zio
Great news definately! guitarist.gif

I'm not sure which platform to go but I have plenty of time to think about it.
Scan_Man
I'm will get for PC most def. I'm going to be paying to pay three online games a year from now. Sheesh!
Vitamin D
*Faints. Im so damn excited about this game! It just needs to come out already! cry2.gif
kyori
http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3138974&did=1

cover to the egm :D
and to clarify one more time it is PS2/PC not just PS2.
unitself
ARG! This makes me mad!!!
Platform jumping is a big drag!
I guess I can only hope that it's a great game for the people who can play it AND a game that I wouldn't find fun anyways. beigesmile.gif
Here's to the dream!! toast.gif

Then again... It did take them well over a year, after it was out on the GC, to put PSO onto the Xbox. Maybe the same thing will happen here. Maybe?
Alisha
omfg [Can i have it]

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<--giddy like a schoolgirl
kyori
PSU site is live!

http://phantasystaruniverse.com/

With snapshots as well. PRETTY!
donkeybeatz
HOT DAMN!
What a neat site.

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If that's the lobby area, then wow!
Zio
beigebigeek.gif GIB....NOW! bash.gif
Kazicht
QUOTE

For those looking for more details, 1up.com recently had the chance to interview Yuji Naka, who revealed some facts about Phantasy Star Universe:

-PSU will indeed have an online portion and will, as of right now, be PS2 exclusive. Naka said he's "not quite sure" if there's any chance of it being ported to other systems.

-"The PSU security will be like that of PSO: BB with server-side characters and info."

-"I literally don't think it's possible to put PSU on PSP, as we're using the full power of the PS2. But if the network gets better and it's stable, maybe we could conceive of porting PSO to PSP. It's very interesting, but we don't have enough people to do that at this point."

Phantasy Star Universe will be released in Japan this summer for PS2 and PC. A US release date isn't known yet.
Wiryu
its just a shame that you have all suckered me into deciding to buy this game -.-
Vitamin D
So beautiful...I'm DYING for this game to come out! cry2.gif
DarkEpyon
This game looks great so far. Can't wait to see the robot.
DivA
lol, i just realized that the 1-up online article is already posted.. ^^; in any case, words & articles just make me dream about having this game even more..
donkeybeatz
More pics. Not from EGM though.

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Comments?
Looks like alot of open field to play in.

EDIT: Boo links are dead.
HC82
*Looks at pics*

*skeet*

Can't wait...
Mute
@_@

NEED!
donkeybeatz
*steals more info*
Credit to Nash from PSOW (which in turn, credits Soul4ger from GAF):

Soul4ger on GAF has the latest EGM and posted this excellent summary of the PSU article:

"Offline - 40-hour quest. It's a linear story, but you can explore the world as you please. It has everything you'd expect from an actual RPG -- huge towns, more than 20 dungeons, more than 15 bosses. You can have up to three members in your party, and while you don't directly control them, you can assign them commands. The single-player mode will have cutscenes, dialogue, an in-depth story, character development, etc., etc. Some people will have to join you for missions, but when you just want to explore and build levels, you can apparently select anyone to go with you. By the end of the game, you'll end up exploring three planets. It starts on the hume world, Parum, which gets attacked by weird aliens. You visit Neudaiz, a water world of "newman people," and Motwob, the planet of the beast people - desert planet. THe main character's name is Ethan Waber. He decides to fight because his sister gets attacked. Gameplay remains relatively similar to PSO, but there will be more puzzles and stuff in dungeons -- and not just flipping switches.

Online:

No longer jobs, just character races. Each of the four races has its own strengths, but you can develop them as you see fit. For example, casts are the best with guns, but that doesn't mean you can't build up their other characteristics and make them good magicians. Character customization is apparently incredibly improved. You can change colors of lips, eyebrows, eyes, hair, clothes, shoes, you can mold faces and bodies, create large or small breasts, make them firm or jiggly. That's an example the lead artist gives. HDD is NOT supported, because Sony pulled the support. It looks substantially better on the PC, and EGM recommends that version. Voice chat, regardless, has not been confirmed, for either platform.

Combat remains relatively similar to PSO, but there are differences, There are six-hit combo strings now, but you insert custom technique attacks into the combos to change them up. Strafing has been adding, and button-timing is supposed to be quick, for combat. Like John said, the number of party members is much higher, but Sega hasn't revealed how many it will be yet. Characters can dual wield different weapons now, so a gunner can have a short range gun and a long-range one equipped at the same time. Mags are gone, robot partners are in. Downloadable content will be more frequent and more substantial.

And PSO Blue Burst is coming this Summer, the mag says it's "free," but you just have to pay the $13 Hunter's Fee.

One last thing I forgot, vehicles are included."


I swear once I get a copy of that issue, I'm writing whatever they have on there word for word.
HC82: LMAO! Don't you dare edit that post!

Oh I found some scans from EGM. Credits to whoever scanned them:
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Page 4< Dam look at that dragon!
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DivA
~dj, i am grateful for the wisdom you share.. ;D

thank you much.. ^^ though voice chat is an advance that i don't look forward to ~ i like to type, if truth be told; *muses* i think it's time for some new avatars - let's see what i can salvage from these images ~ heh.. ;)
Kazicht
G'od, I don't even know what to say. Its like everything I used to ask for in PSO is coming true in PSU. Massive combos able to connect with more powerful skills, more PT members, vehicles, better character costomization, better EVERYTHING!

Just speechless.
DarkEpyon
Wow... this is better than I could've imagined. Dunno about the voice chat thing though. I've never played PSOX, so I can't really comment on it.
Riel
Wow thanks for the scans and info...the only thing i'm a little sad about is no more Mags but robots might make up for it...i actually bought EGM thinking it was the new issue,the one with Jade Empire on the cover,but i guess it's not the newest one even though it's the April issue.
Zio
Yeah...no mags ;_; but the 6 string combo thing sounds cool, the vehicles, the 3 different worlds like in the first Phantasy Star, the fact that you can have more people in your party online, and and and...ah hell, the whole thing looks so damn cool.

Also that must be what EGM meant in the last issue when they had one word for us.
-create large or small breasts, make them firm or jiggly
Alisha
awesomeness has left me speechless
Henge
Looks pretty impressive. hurray for PC release.
Azrael
Looks like it'll be pc for me. I can't wait for this to come out. Again I say, I hope they get it right even if there's no release date annonced. Don't toy around with our emotions and make some of us do the I word by constant announcements and delays.
DarkEpyon
Of course, I doubt there would be an English-language option like with previous installments.
Knightsword
For most of use it won't be a problem, but the EGM article did say Broadband only and no ps2 hdd support
ZioII
one word: woot!
Vitamin D
Wow...this game sounds better and better the more I here. I'm dropping EVERYTHING when this game comes out. beigelaugh.gif
DarkEpyon
I can only imagine how many "well-endowed" characters we'll see when we first go online. I can see it now... "OMFG that (insert weak enemy here) got pwned by big titzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!111111111"

Hey, at least we won't be hearing "LABIZ PLZZZZ!"
donkeybeatz
Alittle bit of info:
SEGA officially announces new RPG for North America.

They also posted a few hi-res pics. One of which I really enjoy looking at:

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Wonder what will be shown at E3? rappy-walk.gif
DarkEpyon
This game's art style is very reminiscent of PSO. Speaking of said game, it has held a place in my heart that neither D2, UO, FFXI (especially this one), WoW, or CoH could possibly fill. I'm sure you all echo these sentiments.
Dive
QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Apr 7 2005, 04:21 PM)
I can only imagine how many "well-endowed" characters we'll see when we first go online. I can see it now... "OMFG that (insert weak enemy here) got pwned by big titzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!111111111"

Linkka Knight. beigelaugh.gif

On a "lighter" note, I am trying to not get too anxious over this yet, it is still a few months in the future. The game looks absolutely amazing.
DarkEpyon
Since I've played HUcast/HUnewearl/Warrior/Monk/other melee as main characters for so many years, I'm considering going the magic route this time for a change.
DarkEpyon
New screens at the Magicbox to whet your appetites, folks.

Heheh, I beat Donkey to it.

Once February rolls around, sayonara social life.
donkeybeatz
QUOTE (DarkEpyon @ Apr 30 2005, 11:44 AM)
Heheh, I beat Donkey to it.

Why go to the magic box when you can see those pics (in higher resolution even) from the official PSU site? They release new screens every week or so (so far). Besides, most of them are already featured in the EGM article so I didn't bother posting them.
I'll let you go this time spinning.gif

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donkeybeatz
OMFG!!!
IGN Phantasy Star Universe Hands On

New pictures and OMFG!! Gameplay footage!!!!! Check it out now!!!!!!!!111111

/skeet
tanshin
my god that is awesome.
Vitamin D
Holy. Shit. beigelaugh.gif
Kazicht
Oh man! I CANT HANDLE IT! I CANT HANNNDLLLE ITTTT!!! WAHHHHH! beigebigeek.gif
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