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[PS2/PC] Phantasy Star Universe

Postby Gaijin Punch » Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:50 am

Sonic Team has finally opened the Phantasy Star Universe website. The site contains only three screenshots, but a background on the story (which I will translate and post later). As stated before on other sites, the stage is three planets within the Graal Solar System, a solar system with a history of insurrections between the three races that inhabit it.

Things worth noting are that, unlike previous claims, the site says it's only slated for the PS2, and it says it's an RPG... not online RPG which sounds strange since EGM apparently just had an interview with Yuji Naka, in which he stated the hardest part of an online RPG was getting the network stable, and that PSU would feature PSO:BB-like server side saving. I'm confused.

UPDATE: Here's all the goods I've done so far. I need to edit it, but it's okay now:

Story:
The stage is the Graal Star System, consisting of three planets. Each planet has it's own culture, formed by it's different race.

The history of Graal Star System is filled with conflicts amongst the different races. However, after the Final Conflict 100 years ago, the union was formed amongst the three planets, which gave birth to the Allied Army and ultimately peace to the Graal Star System.

At this time, the 100 year anniversary of the Graal Star System Alliance is being celebrated. The main character Ethan, and his sister Rumia were both enjoying the ceremony, which showed off their space fleet - the pride of the Allied Army. However, one by one the fleet was destroyed by an incoming meteor shower, and even the lands were envelped in flames. It actually wasn't a meteor shower, but was a space lifeform that would later be called SEED, which tried to lead Graal to its destruction. From SEED which landed, invasions occured, and soon the lands were covered in darkness.

Even the Guardians Colony was suddenly attacked by the mysterious lifeform, and fell into a panic. In the midst of the confusion brought on by Gaurdians falling one by one, only Rumia remained in the rubble. To save his sister, Ethan would borrow the strength of the Guardians, and start his first which could mean life or death.

WORLD:
Organizations:
Gaurdians:
The organization the main charater, Ethan, is affiliated with...

The largest private bodygaurd corporation in the Graal Star System which was established under the principle of protecting it's clients on a personal level from dangerous biological beings, criminals, and other menaces.

A formal police force exists in the Graal Star System, but in actuality they lack the ability to cover all the planets efficiently. For this reason, the private bodygaurd companies are famous throughout the system.

While on official business, for example being hired by a citizen for protection, they are granted law enforcing authority.

AMF:
The Allied Forces which formed from the allied treaty. Abbreviated as AMF. Holds a commanding faction independent of each planet's government, and from any absolutely neutral stance aims to make military disturbances and even overwhelmingly oppress the system's land and space regions. Recieves military power and funds from each planet's local government, and all soldiers, except for a sepcific few, are made by Casts.

Endrum Collective:
A sepcial force within the AMF. All information other than the their objective of relic conservation and that their lead by Endrum Harness is kept secret. According to one theory, they've been around from 30 years ago, but they disappeared as an unofficial organization when the SEED attacked, so there is nobody that knows for sure.

Rogues:
Not being a name of any specific organzation or group, is simply a generic term for scoundrels and villains. With many areas of the Mortoob Satellite Belt being dangerous to navigate, there are many small satellites they make as bases to conduct illegal trade, casinos, and other pirate activities. Many powerful giants, called "Family", exist within the Rogues, and are already unfolding their battle for supremecy.

COG:
As the religious group of the Graal Star System, C.O.G. are in charge of the Graal religious missionary work and festivals, as well as governing Neudriz through the religious parliment.

Also in the Graal Religion, Photon's are called Star Spirits, which are worshipped each day, and thanked in ceremonies. Most followers are Numan's living on Neudriz, but there are human and beast followers throughout the system as well.

Races:
Human:
The most prosperous race in the system and the root over everything. Rich with all-purpose skills and overall balance, especially since they're not weak at any one thing and can handle any job. On the other hand, they don't exceed at any one thing. Mainly live on the planet Parum.

Even though Human's are the most prosperous race in the Graal system, that's not to say that their socials status is high. At the end of the end of the 500 year war, each planet had a race which won as that planet's ruling race, at which point humans simply coexisted with the other races. The other races didn't praise humans as being the original race, but rather only thought of them as the "general race with poor abilities".

Newman:
The product of Human's trying to create a super race from themselves. Being stronger with mental abilities, they have inferior physical strength, but are superior psychologically, so are skilled with techniques. As they are physically weak, they lack close-combat skills. Mainly live on the planet Neudriz.

Background: Newmans were born after Humans tried to make a super race based on themselves. As they succeeding in making their reaction time, thoughts, and memories superior, to keep a uniform balance, their strength is lower than the average human. Opression from humans has grown from the mental inferiority complex and physical superiority complex they hold against the newmans. They eventually made planet Newdiz a place for newmen to live, and both sides agreed to a nonagression treaty.

Newmen are characteristically good with other people, but on the other side they're said to to be a very exclusive race. As a result of their heightened psyche they are able to read people's feelings better than humans, and is said that they have a tendancy to avoid contact with strangers more than is necessary.

Beast:
A race with genes altered to adapt to the harsh environmental conditions in resource mining. Their excelling strength gives makes them great at close-combat, but lack the concentration required to properly use guns and techniques. Have a special ability called a "nanoblast" which allows them to tranform into a huge beast. Mainly live on the planet Mortoob.

Background: Originally made by humans to to mine natural resources which can only be found in harsh conditions. Beasts were treated as slaves by the humans for a long time, but were able to escape from the Governing Committee because of their physical strength. They then began to partake in resource trade and attained equality to other races.

Beasts are well-known for their warm affection, but on the other hand are rather moody. Because of this violent temperament, there are many of them who partake in illegal trade and pirate activities. Has a very high sense of connection to family and members of the same race, and there's a tendency for beasts to open up to each other. Conversely, as they've were descriminated against and placed at the bottom of the social ladder for so long, there are ill-feelings towards casts.

As their are many hot-blooded members of this race fights throughout the cities never cease. Therefore, there's a law which forbids any transformation within the city, which carries very strict punishment.

Cast:
A man-made race originally crafted to aid humans, but are currently controlled by the humans inhabiting Parum. Has lower psyche than other races so are poor with techniques, but as precise machines, have high accuracy, and are skilled with guns. Has the ability to transfer the gigatic "sub-weapon". Mainly live on the planet Parum.

Background: The cast were initially supposed to be used by humans but basic human rights issues arose when thought-possessing cast were created, and at the end of their battle for independence, an organization which controlled the cast race was established.

After the establishment of this group, soon came a generation more peaceful than the one in which the humans divided everything into several nations. But during the height of the battle, human statesment propogated in loud voices "the dangers of being controlled by machines", and ironically the complete opposite happened, and the Governing Committee was welcomed by the large majority of people who desired peace.

SEED:
A mysterious biological entity that suddently entered the Graal Solar System.

Spreeding it's roots around the area it landed in, sprouts flowers and spits out an encroaching pollen. It's also known that potential damage from SEED isn't only the harms it causes to the land it invades, but also the phenomenon of infesting protozoan life.

Locations
Guardians Colony:
A huge colony of which the guardians have attained full possession and governing rights.

It was initially purchased as a stronghold of The Guardians, but as they grew, it developed into a large-scale colony and currently houses over a million residents.

The guardians missions take them all over the Graal system. It travels along a ring called the Vector Track which can take it to any of the three planets in the system.

Parum:
Originally was a planet rich with nature, but due to the human's colonization, the cast becoming aware, and the 500 Year War, the lands have become horribly dilapidated. All that remains now are mainly man-made natural sites.

Tark City which was erected by the alliance of all three planets is a true metropolis, but the financial center would be Hall City, which holds the alliance's conference building. Many important establishments like the head offices of synthetic manufacturer GRM, the top producer of both Guardian and Alliance equipment as well as cast parts, and alliance headquarters are located here.

The cast ratio is 5% of the total population, but important government posts, administrative bodies, and management organizations are all run by casts.

Newdriz:
Of the three planet, boasts of having the most water and the most representitive of nature coexisting with man. Has many large areas of vegetation that have been untouched by man, and each area is spattered with islands. The most common resident is newman.

Newdriz is a religious state with the Religion of Graal being the official religion, and is governed by the C.O.G. Most people living on Newdriz are believers of this religion. There are many believers of this religion, the biggest in the system, on planets other than Newdriz as well.

The capital of Newdriz is Outok City, a city which holds the head sect of the Graal Religion. It's famous for housing establishments of the Youmei Corporation, which is famous for making superb weapons. The majority of residents of this city are Newman, with only 20% being from other races.

Mortoob:
Has the most harsh weather conditions of the three planets. The inhabitants have to fight against nature while living their lives. The oceans have dried up and the surface which has turned mostly into deserts is severe, but it is still rich in resources, so there's a continual supply of colonists with get rich quick scheme. The planet is mainly inhabited by beasts.

On the surface, there are only several spread out medium-sized cities, not one being a large-scale metropolis. There's a trade federation composed of representatives of each city, but their unity is loose to the point that it seems they're only making arrangements as merchants. Rather the Rougues are the ones governing the planet with the underground society
they built.

The population of the city Dagora City is made up primarily of beasts, but as it recieves many visitors, up to 30 or 40% are other races. However, many of those are scoundrels.

Other:
Relics:
A name given to ancient ruins of a civilization dating from 12,000 to a few thousand years ago, which are found on each planet of the Graal Solar System. Even though they're ruins, what remains are several tall structures, and it's been proven by recent research that those civilizations attained a super science several steps ahead of current technology.

Since the SEED invasion, it's been reported that many previously undiscovered relics have suddenly appeared on the surface. However, there are many aspects of relics that have yet to be solved, and their relation to the SEED is a complete mystery.

Technic:
A photon catalyst, something which systematizes the art of causing psychic energy to form into various supernatural phenomenon.

The effect of a photon acting as a catalyst to what were formerly called supernatural and spiritual powers, the occurence of which was scientifically explained. This phenomeon, when used by people, was called technic, and was later generalized.
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Postby Gaijin Punch » Thu Mar 24, 2005 1:56 am

Story, as posted in the Flash page. Not my best work (I'm at work) but good enough.
The stage is the Graal Star System, consisting of three planets. Each planet has it's own culture, formed by it's different race. The history of Graal Star System is filled with conflicts amongst the different races. However, after the Final Conflict 100 years ago, the union was formed amongst the three planets, which gave birth to the Allied Army and ultimately peace to the Graal Star System. At this time, the 100 year anniversary of the Graal Star System Alliance is being celebrated. The main character Ethan, and his sister Rumia were both enjoying the ceremony, which showed off their space fleet - the pride of the Allied Army. However, one by one the fleet was destroyed by an incoming meteor shower, and even the lands were envelped in flames. It actually wasn't a meteor shower, but was a space lifeform that would later be called SEED, which tried to lead Graal to its destruction. From SEED which landed, invasions occured, and soon the lands were covered in darkness. Even the Guardians Colony was suddenly attacked by the mysterious lifeform, and fell into a panic. In the midst of the confusion brought on by Gaurdians falling one by one, only Rumia remained in the rubble. To save his sister, Ethan would borrow the strength of the Guardians, and start his first which could mean life or death.
Characters
Characters: Ethan Webber Sex: Male Race: Human Age: 17 Occupation: Guardian 17 years old, living on the Guardians Colony. Came to watch the 100 year anniversary of the Planetary Alliance. Got caught up in the invasion of the SEED. Takes assignment after the initial SEED invasion, becoming a trainee of the Planetary Defense Organization [called] "Guardians". Began to train vigorously under Karen. Karen Era Sex: Female Race: Newman Age: 17 Occupation: Gaurdian 17 years old. Has 3 years of battle experience, and becomes Ethan's instructor. Experienced her mother being killed by a primeval (protozoan) lifeform, and even though is a Newman, has to live with the handicap of being unable to use techniques. Is a bit harder on herself than she needs to be, and stubbornly acts tough.
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Postby Bighab » Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:11 pm

Sounds interesting ;) So is this game going to be like the PSO games or more like the first 4 Phantasy Star games? Are any of the PSO games worth getting/playing if I don't intend to play online?

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Postby Gaijin Punch » Sun Mar 27, 2005 7:37 pm

I couldn't imagine PSO being fun if you NEVER play online. I did/do plenty of soloing in PSO to find rare items, but that's about it. As for PSU, it's still unclear if it's going to be an MMORPG. From EGM's interview with Yuji Naka (just google it - it's around) it would sound like it is, but the story, the two well-defined characters, and the fact that the genre is RPG, and not online RPG, makes me believe that EGM is slightly full of shit. I guess we'll just have to wait. Even if it's a turn-based single player RPG, it looks far from a sequel, unfortunately.
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Postby Gaijin Punch » Tue May 03, 2005 3:00 am

More screenshots up at the official website.
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Postby Gaijin Punch » Mon May 16, 2005 11:50 pm

IGN vids hosted by someone else. :) Video 1 Video 2 I like it. Still would rather have a PC version than a PS2 version though, and the official website still only says PS2.
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Postby Gaijin Punch » Fri Nov 04, 2005 6:30 am

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Postby Gaijin Punch » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:08 am

Playstation.com has announced that their PSU bonus will be a Guardians Pin. Sets will also come with the original Visual Book and Mini CD. Of course, diehards will have to pick up the Partner Machinery mobile phoen strap offered by Sega Direct.

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[360] Phantasy Star Universe release date

Postby Gaijin Punch » Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:38 am

The Japanese Xbox360 version of Phantasy Star Universe will be released on 12.14. It will be completely seperate from the PS2/Win version. No specific word if the JPN 360 servers will be seperate from the US/UK ones, but it's safe to say they will. The game has no auto-translation like PSO did. I can't believe Sega is releasing this in Japan. There will be like 8 people online at any given time.


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