Sega of America has opened the North American Phantasy Star Universe site, which can be visited by clicking here. Along with a brief synopsis of game information, visitors to the site can expect to be presented with a selection of new screenshots from the title, as well as a new gameplay-centric trailer.
Phantasy Star Universe will feature both online and offline components, with the offline adventure following a 17-year-old cadet named Ethan Webber as he attempts to save his sister from an invasion of mysterious life forces called THE SEED. When players decide to take the adventure online, they will be able to explore three different planets with more than 20 dungeons to explore and 15 major bosses to battle. Players won't be forced to do all this exploring on foot, as player-controlled vehicles will be available for use. Furthermore, Sonic Team has promised that the game's online content will evolve over the course of several years.
Phantasy Star Universe is currently on track to be released for the PC and PlayStation 2 in the first part of 2006.