SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (April 8, 2005) â€“ SEGAÂ® of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd today announced Phantasy StarTM Universe, the next installment in the popular Phantasy Star series, developed for both the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system 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.
Developed 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 single-player 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.
In 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 warriors.
\"From its roots way back in the late eighties, Phantasy Star has become synonymous with quality RPG adventure.\" comments Matt Woodley, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe, \"Now developed as both a single-player and an online multi-player game, Phantasy Star Universe delivers RPG fans their greatest adventure yet\"
The 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. Key Product Features:
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.
Three enormous planets to explore. A gigantic overworld and more than twenty giant dungeons are featured.
All-new enemies to fight. In addition to a brand-new roster of standard opponents, there are more than 15 major bosses to challenge.
Player-controlled vehicles. Players no longer need to travel everywhere by foot, adding a new dimension to exploration.
The 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.
About SEGAÂ® Europe Ltd
SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe\'s web site is located at www.sega-europe.com