Sega Gives Phantasy Star Universe Three Months To Live

Though its singleplayer functionality will, of course, remain, the six-year run of Phantasy Star Universe will come to an end September 7 when Sega shuts off online support for the game for the Xbox 360. Sega announced the shutdown yesterday.

"This was not an easy decision but there comes a time when we must consider the level of service and support we can provide for an ongoing game" Sega said in a statement, "and balance those concerns against preparing for the future, and providing you with new opportunities and new experiences."

Phantasy Star Universe previously had online support for its PC and PlayStation 2 versions cut in March 2010, and lost original Xbox support when Xbox Live was shut down for that console entirely 15 days later. That left the game as a rare, Xbox 360-only console MMO. Phantasy Star Universe 2 an action role-playing game, is scheduled for a release this winter, but only in Japan.

"It has been a long run for our intrepid GUARDIANS: Across the Gurhal system for six years now, exploring new worlds and new challenges," the statement said. "While we are saddened to close the doors to PSU on Xbox 360, we are proud of the game and of our loyal fans who have supported us through the years.

"More than anything we want to thank all of you once again, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting this game, for providing feedback, and for enjoying and sharing in this experience with us.

"We look forward to taking our memories and the lessons learned from this game as we prepare to move into the future. There is more news yet to come for Phantasy Star, and there will be much to be excited about in the coming weeks and months."

Important Notice for all PSU XB360 Players [Sega Forums via Massively]


Comments

    I think you mean Phantasy Star Online 2 Owen. .

    My only hope out of all this is that Sega is shutting the servers down to start preparing servers for the international launch of PSO2. . .

    I can only hope. . .

    Just a heads up, phantasy star universe was never on the original xbox.

    Basically the original PSO was on gamecube, pc and dreamcast.
    PSU the sequal was on xbox 360, pc and ps2.
    PSO2, well I don't know much about, that's the new one.

      At the moment PSO2 is set to release on PC later this year in Japan and release on the Vita sometime next year, once again in Japan.

      I'm not sure if the game will get an international release however, which is a shame because it looks brilliant for a title that is suposedly going to be F2P.

    just like they did to monster hunter on ps2 same with phantasy star on ps2 BOTH REALLY GOOD GAMES both servers went down: (. know the xbox version of phantasy is going down too man this sucks. hope they make a western release for PSO2. Cause am not liking this at all.
    still waiting to play PS02 tho :).

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