Revisiting The Phantasy Star Series (Part 2): Phantasy Star Universe

Taking to the Gurhal System, next up is Phantasy Star Universe. PSU builds greatly upon ideas from PSO introducing new battle mechanics and more classes.

Incase you missed it, we revisited Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst a few weeks ago.


Character Customization

The Character Customization is greatly improved upon from PSO's. Players will be able to choose their desired Race and Gender without being locked to classes. However, the stats matter greatly based on what you choose. Once in the game, you'll also be able to find even more costumes and hair styles to pick from.


World Layout

Universe's world layout greatly differs from other Phantasy Star Games. There are four planets the Guardians can visit with their own unique missions. The missions connect to more lobbies allowing players to explore the planet and see all the views it has to offer. Players can party up with 5 others to challenge the missions!


Type Introduction (Classes)

Classes are known as [Types] in PSU. Players will start as a Basic Type–Hunter, Ranger, or Force–based on the Race they choose. Afterwards, your Type can be changed at the 5th Floor of the Guardians Colony. Once the Basic Types are leveled enough, players will be able to swap to the Expert Types and later the Master Types.


Combat Introduction

The combat has been sped up compared to the first PSO. PSU also introduced Photon Arts to the series. These additions allow even more enemies to be thrown your way.

Just Attacking

Timing your attacks will boost your next attack's damage greatly. There is no indicator as to when to JA, but there will be a yellow effect on the character when you perform one successfully. Only Striking Weapons can JA.

Photon Arts

Photon Arts are composed of Skills, Bullets and Technics used by Striking, Ranged, and Casting weapons respectively. While Technics were in PSO, Skills and Bullets are new to PSU.

Photon Arts will level up as you use them, and become more powerful. Skills will gain more attacks in it's combo, Bullets will gain bonus effects, and Technics will become larger. There is a level cap for Skills, Bullets, Technics and Support Technics based on the Type chosen.


Playing PSU Today!

If you and your friends want to give PSU a shot, you can try it out together on the recently launched private server [Clementine]. On Clementine, they changed the drops to be PSO2-style where everyone gets their own stuff. While it is nowhere close to perfect, they are still refining the rough edges and taking feedback.

There will be a Double EXP and PA EXP week starting December 18th after the Maintenance, a perfect time to start. You can check them out over on their Forums and Discord.

Clementine Forums Clementine Discord


Unfortunately, we were not able to interview any admins of Clementine. However, please look forward to the final part of Revisiting the Phantasy Star Series with the next post going over [Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity]!

PSO2 Live Broadcast #13 Schedule and Madoka Preview

The 13th PSO2 Live Broadcast will air October 15th @ 21:00 JST. You can watch it live on Nico Nico!

PSO2 Live Broadcast Topics

  • Viewer Survey! Write about what you'd like to see in PSO2! Submission deadline on October 15th at 13:00 JST.
  • The Latest PSO2 News and Information
  • Live Playthrough of the new "Seabed" field
  • Watch as our guests fare off against "Decol Maluda" a new Seabed Mini Boss.
  • New "Classified" information to be revealed only at the Live Broadcast
  • PSO2 Thanks Festa Mook details.
  • Win prizes by commenting a special "phrase"

Aside from this, a new magazine scan revealed the costumes for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica collaboration.


Madoka and Homura costumes, weapon camos, and a Kyubey mag will be arriving later this month.

Famitsu and Dengeki Magazine Tidbits

  • October 23: Super Hard versions of Ruins, Dragon Altar, Coast and Quarry.
  • Sakai is planning to release "super hard" versions of Advance Quests but no release date scheduled at this time

Phantasy Star Music Collection 2000 ~ 2007

Sega is releasing a Phantasy Star Online 10 Disk CD Set that contains remastered music from PSO, PSOv2, PSO Episode 1 and 2, PSO Episode 3, PSO Blue Burst, PSO Blue Burst Episode 4, Phantasy Star Universe, and Phantasy Star Universe Ambition of Illuminus.

  • Release Date: December 25th, 2013
  • Contents: 10 Disk CD Set + 1 DVD + PSO2 Item Codes
  • Price: 16,800 YEN (around $171) 

 [Thanks Manta]

Phantasy Star Online 10th Anniversary is Today!

Today is Phantasy Star Online's 10th Anniversary. Today on December 21st 2000, Phantasy Star Online was launched to the public. The Phantasy Star Online 2 portal was updated to reveal a brief history of all the games we've seen thus far after the release of Phantasy Star Online.

Now that PSPo2i brings back several memories of Phantasy Star Online, we can now head forth into the future with Phantasy Star Online 2.  Unfortunately no new information about Phantasy Star Online 2 was revealed, but the day is still young, I'd expect something to leak out on today of all days.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary, Sega is holding events across PSU called the Ragol Memorial Festa where you play in the PSO areas. Also there's a screenshot event for PSOBB where players can take pictures of their time before it shuts down. PSOBB Japan shuts down next week Monday.


Item Design CGs

So we had the PSU Item Design Contest, and the Nico Nico Item Design Contest. These below are the CG models for the PSU contest.


Verdecoat the second place cast male outfit!


Imperial Cross, 4th place winner!


Croce Segmantata 3rd place winner!


Nachtlotus the first place winner.


King of Vlad (Twin Claw) representing the Dracula style.


Bigetsu (Axe)


Juggernaut (Knuckles) with the PSIV SE


Acknowledge (Saber) combines with Denial (Saber)
  They become a Double Saber and Twin Sabers


Revolution Will (Twin Sabers) of Acknowledge and Denial


ShijimaAkatsuki (Rod)  or otherwise known as Silent Dawn.


Sleipnir (Grenade) wants his master.


All the winners' items are completely done and will soon ship to each game in the Phantasy Star Series. The details on when that will happen will be revealed in the future.

[via itemdesign]

*The sidebar Charge Shot II will be updated today to reflect the new changes to the weapons.