New Phantasy Star an interior decorator's dream?

Details on the upcoming space RPG's spring up; customizable room system to be core of gameplay experience.

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In the July 28th issue of Weekly Famitsu, a number of details on Sega's upcoming role-playing game Phantasy Star Universe were brought to light. The magazine focused about half the two-page spread on the game's customizable room feature, which acts as a sort of virtual den. When online, the player can invite up to five other players into the room for chats. However, even when the player logs off, the room will continue to exist online, and other players will still be able visit it.

Players will be able to change the look of their room's interior by purchasing a "remodeling ticket" and selecting from a slew of available patterns. There will also be shops where players can purchase decorative items for their rooms, or even give objects to other players to use in their domiciles. Gamers can also turn their rooms into shops, allowing them to hold an impromptu garage sale.

A few details of the planetary system, which consists of the Guardian Colony, Parum, Neudaiz, and Moatoob, also emerged. Specifically, each location will specialize in different types of items. Guardian Colony will be the only place players can buy items for customizing their rooms, and its headquarters will serve as the hub for missions in the story mode. The shops of Parum will specialize in gear for Hunters and Rangers. Neudaiz is primarily settled by the Newman species, and therefore will supply weapons and accessories for enhancing the Technique abilities of Force characters. Moatoob's economy is focused on heavy industries, making it the ideal place to go for vehicles and military equipment.

Famitsu lists the Japanese release date of the PlayStation 2 version of Phantasy Star Universe as Aug 31. It will be priced slightly higher than average, at 7,140 yen (around $61). The PC and Xbox 360 editions' launch date and price are yet to be announced.

Discussion

35 comments
z784084
z784084

phantasy star universe is a much awaited title but it seems like push backs has been made. it should convince all fans that the wait is well worth it!!! English ver will arrive when? or the jap ver. an intl version as well?

overcode
overcode

Who cares about the interior decorating? I just wanna get online, get into a group and bust some a$$. Mmm, real combos! No more WoW or GW combat! PS2 or PC version, for sure.

Teivan
Teivan

I love phantasy star. I played the earlier ones for days straight with no sleep!

Statictrance
Statictrance

Call me a Sega fanboy... I'm ok with that... but seriously Even with the Xbox version of PSO... I was addicted. I payed that crappy extra 8.95/month with pride forever... and may have been the only legit player in that game that never used any hacks. It wasn't the best of games, and was just so d*** repetitive, yet it was like digital crack... revolutionary on the dreamcast, but not so much this generation So... for PSU, all I can say is god I can't wait and will probably be taking a vacation from work when it comes out... So long as I can still make a character that looks like Shir....

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

If i don't see any fonewerl and there puffy jester hats I AM not going to be to Happy with the game when I get it! In fact the online should have at least all the outfits That the old PSO had so you can make a character that looks LIKe the old pso or i will be dissipointed.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Cool I have been looking forward to this game more coolness

Kazuma56
Kazuma56

Actually, if the 360 version isn't linked, expect it to be the WORST out of the three if PSOX was any indication of how they handle the 360 version, because not only did it get "updates" a month or two after it was released on the Gamecube version, they also didn't even use the XBL service to "patch" the hacking that was going on. So in short, the three reasons why the 360 version could potentially suck is: 1) ST decides to make it standalone and not link it to the PS2 and PC servers. 2) because of the above, you'll probably get updates later and not see the games full "potential" because of the lack of intrest in japan. 3) If ST doesn't handle hackers or cheaters properly, you're stuck playing a game with (what might be) a small userbase filled with "unlegit" players due to not being able to play with people other then the 360 players.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If I wanted a Trading Spaces RPG, I would have asked for it. :?

Bio_Spark
Bio_Spark

I almost forgot this was in development. Its been so long since I heard anything new. I'd probably be going with the PC version.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

THat's cool but why can't US get beta version?

reipuerto
reipuerto

That maybe true, BUT it's PSU. A great RPG is coming...

gothicdragon216
gothicdragon216

come on voice chat! Please please please give us voice chat between all consoles. I need a 360 date too... btw, this is a Sega game, not Squarenix

arathorn2nd
arathorn2nd

Final Fantasy meets Animal Crossing... heh, who would have thought? The more features, the merrier if Squenix can deliver it, I think.

juvinwo1
juvinwo1

GOD I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!

faridmon
faridmon

this game was delayed more than 5 times, first it sltaed due the Q1 in 2005 in jspsn, common when the heck is this game coming?

Gigastormz
Gigastormz

That sounds pretty cool to me. I'll play it if they hope they fix the cheating problems that were running rampart for the first PSO that made it pretty much unplayable unless you were one of the cheaters.

samekila
samekila

this game was good on dreamcast I still have it hope the 360 version is good

Hells_Sad_Song
Hells_Sad_Song

very cool or very bad. it all depends how they play this out.

edgefusion
edgefusion

Is this going to be a pay to play game? (Monthly fee) Could someone please PM me the answer as I doubt I'll be able find this news story again... Thanks!

Rothgarr
Rothgarr

I remember how people would spend days/weeks/months decorating their homes in Ultima Online. I don't think anything's come close that the level of detail or seen that level of people's commitment...

mastermind89
mastermind89

$61 for the ps2 version? im afraid to see how much the 360 one is gonna cost

EMAN2g
EMAN2g

they should make this game for the Wii...>_>

megablueblaster
megablueblaster

for japan users, if they sighn up for the serber before july 31st they get a cool sonic decoration :(

WPack911
WPack911

This sounds awesome, I can't wait to play this game it looks so amazing right now. Check out some trailers of the battle system and stuff and you will be pumped for how awesome this game looks right now.

Amnennar
Amnennar

Gamespot seems a bit confused. The JPN release date for BOTH ps2 AND PC is Aug. 31, It is the Xbox360 version without a release date.

kingcow2064
kingcow2064

Possible return of Dark Faltz?........... you would only understand if you've played a PS game

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

I cant wait for this game. It will be my first Phantasy Star game. I hope the single player doesnt blow. That kinda sucks if that room you can decorate only exists online.

Alphabat
Alphabat

I liked PSO alot back when it came out for the Dreamcast, but I eventually got tired from it. I hope this one can bring back that sense of freshness that the first one had. (I hope the house decorating theme is not necessary, as I never liked that in other games)

sdelaney86
sdelaney86

I wonder what the monthly cost will be

dfsrre
dfsrre

silly japanese :P

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I wonder why Sega just does not make the PS2 one a PS3 one.But I will get the 360 one I guess seeing as that will be a better one maybe.I can't wait to see what the next Phantasy Star holds the one for the DC was a great game and I hope Sega will do all they can to make this a fun game.

VGMusicFreak
VGMusicFreak

cool but id rather play animal crossing if i wanted to do interior decorating. Its free online.