New Screenshots and Trailer

#1 Edited by DonkeyKong (127 posts) -
#2 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7597 posts) -

Looks nice, but I'm worried about the lack of mags in the screenshot.  Is this just going to be a sequel to Universe, but with "Online" in the name instead?

I also really hope they aren't considering charging a monthly fee for a Diablo style multiplayer game again..  Having online features doesn't make the game an MMO and it certainly isn't going to compete with the likes of WoW or Guild Wars 2 (which is a full MMO and still free to play).

I'm excited about this game.. but there's too many if's and but's at the moment.
#3 Posted by DonkeyKong (127 posts) -

yeah I'm looking forward to this but its really got to have a lot more to it if they announce a monthly fee of any kind.

#4 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -
#5 Posted by DonkeyKong (127 posts) -

As reported at 4Gamer, the video Sega showed at the event had a bunch of phrases that may provide some hints about the game’s background.

First, what appears to be the overarching story:

The ship fleet Oracle (written in Japanese, “オラクル”) which travels the endless stars. A new adventure that awaits on the countless planets. Invasion of the malice that covers the universe. The name of the people who face off against them is Arcs (in Japanese, “アークス”). Will the universe be saved, or will it be swallowed up? It’s in the hands of the hero (you).

The above is just a super quick translation of 4Gamer’s summary. 4Gamer said that it might have made some errors in its transcript.

The video also mentioned a few key words and phrases:

Is there adventure in today’s RPGs?
Always, to a new field. Random field.
Original Combos
TPS style
Jump Action
Hybrid Custom Action
It gives you a foreboding feeling — seamless weather.
Something will happen every time!? Interrupt event
Aiming for “Endless Advneture.”
The adventure without end, once again.

Phantasy Star series producer Satoshi Sakai took the stage at the event and said that the staff is aiming to give players the feeling of adventure that has been lost in today’s RPGs. He described the game as “a brand new title” and said that he hopes the game will be enjoyed by series fans, online gamers and even players who have yet to get into online games.

Further details on the game will be released ahead of the alpha test, which kicks off this summer.    

#6 Edited by BrickRoad (720 posts) -

Hmm. Sure looks a lot like PSU... The environment looks pretty cool though. The graphics aren't amazing, but I don't really mind that.

#7 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7597 posts) -

The fact they make no mention of a subscription worries me.  I can only assume they do intend this to replace PSU and will be charging a monthly fee for what's essentially a Diablo clone.

In which case I will point and laugh at the game and all the suckers who actually give them money for this.

Hopefully I'm wrong but if it was shifting to more of a standard multiplayer affair with no strings attached, I think they'd be making a big deal about it.
#8 Edited by DonkeyKong (127 posts) -

Well if it means anything, the recent PS games (Phantasy Star zero for the DS and the Phantasy Star Portable games for the PSP) had online multiplayer but have been free to play.

#9 Posted by DonkeyKong (127 posts) -

There's now a direct feed version of the trailer i originally posted with added English text. Added it to the OP.

#10 Posted by SuperWristBands (2281 posts) -

I cannot wait for this game. So much of my teenage memories were playing PSO on the Gamecube.

There is so much that looks awesome, like the Rangers new play style, the stupidly large swords, jumping, and I really like that they kept a very similar character design style to PSO. I guess in the end though, whether or not there is an online fee will decide how much I play online. I wonder if it'll have an offline component similar to PSO, or maybe even a LAN option (of course none of this matters if it is sans-monthly-fees).

#11 Edited by DonkeyKong (127 posts) -

Three new screenshots, showing the RAmarl and RAcast races: 

#12 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

Yay RAmarl was my fav!
I need a playable demo of this before I commit tho, PSU hurt me bad.

#13 Edited by DonkeyKong (127 posts) -
#14 Edited by DonkeyKong (127 posts) -
 New info, trailer and screenshots:  
  • Multiparty Area (A maximum of 12 players together)
  • Camp Ship (Where you jump into a mission)
  • Casts can skate
  • Rapico?
  • Third Person Shooting
  • Wired Lance (New Hunter Weapon)
  • You can morph every part of your face in character creation.
  • You can morph separate parts of your body.
  • You can add tattoos, and face paint.
  • Change eyebrow color different from your hair color.
  • Casts can change their armor color to any color of the rainbow.
  • BOOB sliders
  • Face type morphing
  • Gun Slash (All Classes)
  • Game Pad or Mouse or Keyboard
Official site update:
Tons of new screenshots at Famitsu: 

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