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Phantasy Star Universe Comes to Xbox 360
04.19.2006

ALICIA STOTT
NEWS REPORTER


Phantasy Star Universe

Earlier today, SEGA of America and SEGA Europe announced that Phantasy Star Universe will be released for the Xbox 360. The title will include two different playable experiences; a single-player adventure spanning multiple planets, and a multiplayer, online experience that will support Xbox Live.

"The reinvigoration of this beloved franchise on the Xbox 360 signifies another step for SEGA towards next-gen leadership," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Entertainment Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "Phantasy Star has a rich history, and now with Phantasy Star Universe in support of the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, gamers can enjoy a fantasy role-playing experience of unprecedented depth both online with their friends, and offline in the robust single-player game."

The single player mode will offer more than 40 hours of gameplay centering around the title's hero Ethan Waber, a 17-year old cadet who begins his journey by first rescuing his sister at the GUARDIANS, a colony under siege by mysterious life forms known as THE SEED. This mode's gameplay system will feature real-time battles, over 200 weapon variations in over 20 weapon categories for melee, technique, or ranged-type combat, as well as selecting from an assortment of Photon Arts to defeat enemies.

In the online mode, players will be able to create their characters from a range of races and explore the three planets of the Gurhal system. Players can travel in groups of six as they move around the worlds completing a variety of quests.

Phantasy Star Universe will also be hitting the PlayStation 2 and the PC. The title is set for a Fall 2006 release across all supported platforms.



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