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Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus

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Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PC
Peripherals supported:
Sony PlayStation 2
Network Adaptor, Keyboard
Genre: RPG































Release Date RRP Code
Windows PC
JP
¥4,800 (5,040) HCJ-0409
Windows PC
US
$39.95 ?
Windows PC
UK
£29.99 SEGA-PC057
Windows PC
FR
€? SEGA-PC057
Windows PC
DE
€? SEGA-PC057
Windows PC
ES
€? SEGA-PC057
Windows PC
AU
$? ?



Sony PlayStation 2
JP
¥4,800 (5,040)[1] SLPM-66663
Sony PlayStation 2
US
$39.95[2] SLUS-21631
Sony PlayStation 2
UK
£29.99 SLES-54892
Sony PlayStation 2
FR
€? SLES-54892
Sony PlayStation 2
DE
€? SLES-54892
Sony PlayStation 2
ES
€? SLES-54892
Sony PlayStation 2
IT
€? ?
Sony PlayStation 2
AU
$? ?



Xbox 360
JP
1,600[4]pts
Xbox 360
US
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Xbox 360
EU
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Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus, called Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou (ファンタシースターユニバース イルミナスの野望) in Japan, is the first expansion of Sonic Team's internationally popular online RPG Phantasy Star Universe, available for the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Arcade.

Story

Continuing Story

Ambition of the Illuminus picks right up where the story left off in Phantasy Star Universe.

Shortly after the defeat of Magashi and the Endrum Collective, a mysterious group known as the Illuminus have appeared, and threatens to exterminate all non-human races. The GUARDIANS themselves are under attack, and Ethan Waber is now wanted for an attempted assassination. Determined to find Ethan at any cost is GUARDIAN instructor, Laia Martinez. As a new GUARDIAN receiving guidance from Laia, you must search for Ethan and uncover the truth.

A new series of online chapters introduced by the expansion, having completed their training and become full-fledged GUARDIANS, players take the reigns as instructors, passing on their knowledge to younger recruits all the while investigating the evil Illuminus organization. In addition, all of Episode 2 is available in the offline Story Mode on the PC and PlayStation 2 versions of the game, and limited edition collectables are given away as mission rewards, and some are given to your character at the beginning of the game.

Gameplay

Ambition of the Illuminus introduced numerous new features to Phantasy Star Universe including new weapons, photon arts, missions, clothing, enemies and more.

New weapons

Four new weapons categories were added with this expansion, giving players an even larger arsenal at their disposal as they continue their fight against the deadly SEED and human supremacist organization, the Illuminus.

  • Whips are single-handed striking weapons which allow the user to attack multiple enemies within a certain radius. Though not the strongest weapon, whips are excellent for inflicting status effects on enemies.
  • Slicers are single-handed striking weapons which allow players to attack from a distance. When swung, slicers launch a photon blade which will home in on its target.
  • RCSMs, or ranged combat support machines, are single-handed ranged weapons which hover over their user's left shoulder. Though these weapons share their appearance with MAGs from Phantasy Star Online, RCSMs actually are weapons which automatically fire shots at enemies within range.
  • TCSMs, short for TECHNIC combat support machines, are single-handed TECHNIC-casting weapons. As with RCSMs, these weapons have similar designs to certain MAGs from Phantasy Star Online, though they really act as left-handed wands, allowing players to link up to two TECHNICs to them.

New GUARDIANS types

Building on the original game's ten GUARDIANS types, Ambition of the Illuminus introduced two new types and promises at least three more in the near future.

  • Acrofighters excel in the use of single-handed striking weapons. This type exhibits increased attack speed, giving players the ability to move in for an attack quickly. Though specializing in striking weapons, Acrofighters are capable of using many ranged weapons as well.
  • Acrotechers are specialists at supporting party members as they are the one type with access to the highest level of support TECHNICs. This type casts TECHNICs faster than normal, but also performs well with various striking and ranged weapons.
  • Though currently available only in Japan, three more new types will be released in the coming months: Fighmaster, Gunmaster and Masterforce. As their names suggest, these types are specialists in one specific field of battle, thus granting them outstanding abilities.

New areas

The universe of Gurhal continues to grow as Ambition of the Illuminus has introduced numerous new areas, missions and lobbies to the system's three planets. A few areas of interest include the Habirao Forbidden District, a mysterious forest on Neudaiz filled with enormous mushrooms and an unusually high concentration of photon in the air, and Old Rozenom City, a once-thriving metropolis that was devastated by the crash landing of the GUARDIANS Colony, an act for which the Illuminus were responsible. In all, over twelve new areas have been added, including the forest, caves, mines and ruins, fan-favorites from Phantasy Star Online.

While not running missions with other players, GUARDIANS can relax and chat with their friends in some of the expansion's new lobbies. These include Paracabana Coast, a beach front resort on Parum, Shitenkaku, a beautiful shrine at the summit of Neudaiz's Mt. Ohtoku, and Casino Voloyal, a popular casino in the Vio Tonga area of Moatoob.

History

Release

Released initially in Japan on September 27, 2007, for PlayStation 2 and PC, subsequent territorial releases followed on November 20, 2007 along with an XBLA-exclusive Japanese release of the 360 port, when North America received the expansion for all three platforms. This date also marked the worldwide release of the Xbox 360 version as it was available for download through Microsoft's Xbox Live service. Europe received the PC and PlayStation 2 versions of Ambition of the Illuminus a few months later, on January 11, 2008, and finally it reached Australia on February 7, 2008.

Although it is an expansion pack, the PC and PlayStation 2 versions of Ambition of the Illuminus are standalone and do not require the original game to play. The Xbox 360 version, however, does require the original disc due to the expansion being downloadable content.

Discontinuation of the Online Service

On April 1, 2010 at 12:00 PDT, Sega of America shut down the online servers of the PlayStation 2 and PC versions of the game with warning at the start of the year. Starting late January, the game was made free to play for anyone who had a paying account in the past on the game and all subscriptions were cancelled. This lead to a gigantic burst in population in the universes, not seen since the release of the game. The Japanese Playstation 2 support was dropped in mid 2011 which allowed the PC version to bring in new additions, items, armor, weapons and areas from Phantasy Star Portable 2 until it's closure in September 2012.

On June 8, 2012 SEGA announced that the Xbox 360 servers of the game would be shutting down September 6, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. PDT. For the remaining months players were granted various bonuses for many things. Anyone who still had an active subscription after the servers closed were refunded by Microsoft on a prorated basis.

It was said that SEGA wanted the last months of the Xbox 360 servers to be free of charge but that Microsoft did not comply with the request.

On July 7, 2012 it was announced on the official Japanese Phantasy Star Universe website that the Japanese PC servers for Phantasy Star Universe would be shutting down at midnight JST on September 27, 2012.

On August 28, 2012 GUARDIANS Licenses, game keys, and game keys for Ambition of the Illuminus were not available to purchase anymore. Following the maintenance that happened on August 30, 2012 all players were given access to premium course features even if they had never bought a GUARDIANS License beforehand. After the server closer PSU ID's were no longer able to be created and players were no longer able to purchase GUARDIANS Cash. Following the closure players had the option to transfer their money to Phantasy Star Online 2 or have it refunded as WebMoney. August 2012 was the last month that automatic renewers were charged for this version of Phantasy Star Universe and until the server closed various bonuses had been put in place. Once the servers closed all official servers for the game worldwide where gone.

The story mode for the PlayStation 2 version is still accessible however as that can be played offline.

Production credits

Planning Section
Design Section
Programming Section
Sound Section
  • Sound Production: Sega Creative Center, Sound Section
  • Sound Director: Hideaki Kobayashi
  • Music Composers: Hideaki Kobayashi, Fumie Kumatani, Kenichi Tokoi, Seirou Okamoto, Taihei Sato
  • Acoustuc Effects: Masaru Setsumaru, Tatsuyuki Maeda
  • Sound Effects: Hideaki Kobayashi, Fumie Kumatani, Kenichi Tokoi, Hideki Abe, Tadashi Kinukawa
  • Save This World (Phantasy Star Universe Main Theme)
  • Save This World Remix version (Phantasy Star Universe Main Theme)
  • With You (Phantasy Star Universe Ending Theme)
  • For Brighter Day (Phantasy Star Universe Grand Ending Theme)
  • Motion Capture: Sega Creative Center, Motion Capture Studio, Takeo Iwata, Hiroshi Tanaka, Shunkichi Yukitake, Kimiko Nakaizumi, Hitoshi Noda, Yukie Nagiwara, Haruna Mitsuhashi
  • Capture Actors: Katsugekiza, Wataru Koga, Tony Hosokawa, Iori Sakakibara, Motoki Kawana
  • Voice Recording Cast Record & Director: Greg Weber (Webtone)
  • CG Movies: VE R&D Dept.
    • Director: Takashi Nakashima
    • Modelling: Hideyuki Higashi, Yoshihiko Suzuki, Kazushige Hayakawa
    • Sequences: Kouhei Kajisa, Keisuke Takahashi, Satoshi Tomatsu, Tsubasa Nakai
    • Effects: Yoshihisa Inoue, Shuntaro Furukawa
    • Production Manager: Chikako Tanaka
    • Line Producer: Naoko Ajiro
  • CG Movie: Anima Inc.
    • Director: Kazuya Sasahara
    • CG Artists: Tomohisa Ishikawa, Shunsuke Tsuchiya
    • Project Manager: Daisuke Chonan
    • Producer: Haruyasu Akagi
    • Executive Producer: Shinya Sasahara
  • CG Movie: Jet Studio Inc.
    • Team Director: Atsushi Inoue
    • CG Artists: Tomohisa Oda, Yasuyuki Bandai, Yutaka Kawamata, Satoshi Mochizuki
    • Project Manager: Mitsugu Ishii
    • Producer: Tomnori Kudokawa
  • CG Movie: Animaroid Inc.
    • CG Director: Kiyonobu Kitada
    • Designers: Ryoji Fujita, Yuki Hamatani, Kentaro Koyaku, Takayuki Honda, Kagawa Fumihiko
    • Project Manager: Ahsuko Hashimoto
    • Producer: Masashi Sakamoto
  • CG Movie: Sanzigen Inc.
    • CG Designers: Yasuhiro Kato, Kazunobu Sano, Atsushi Nemoto, Hiroaki Matsura
  • CG Movie: Laser-Graphics
    • CG Director: Toshiyuki Aoyama
    • Animator: Kensaku Takaishi
    • Designer: Hidenori Tanaka
  • Modelling: Polygon Magic Inc.
    • Project Manager: Hiroshi Suzuki
    • Creature Models: Masahiro Yokoyama, Tomoharu Oiyama, Youzou Kageyama, Kouki Saitou, Atsuki Nakazato, Nobumichi Sugawara, Yousuke Kinoshita, Yousuke Kai, Takuyav Ueda
    • Room Decorations: Minoru Sugiyama, Eri Watanabe, Kenta Soga
  • Modelling: Flight Unit.
    • Designers: Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Kaitzokuya, Ntny
    • Set Up: Takeshi Mitamoto
  • Modelling: Sega (Shanghai) Software Co. Ltd.
    • Designers: Cheng Li, Mei Lin, Shao Mingzhu, Jin Huan, Li Muzhang, Bao Jiangang, Tang Xin, Gu Hong, Yu Xinyue
    • Quest: Yu Xing, Hu Yuhua, Li Shugiao, Chen Mingmei, Feng Ying, Zhang Hongnian
Sega Of America Inc.
Sega Europe Ltd.

Magazine articles

Main article: Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus/Magazine articles.

Artwork

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Technical information

ROM dump status

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SHA-1 2e75907f472edfcb54f76f17d435e12f4b130b4a
3,747,250,176 DVD-ROM (EU) SLES-54892 (V1.01 )
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SHA-1 8504fcbb16bb6594a4133955e7bcf01a6a1aa10f
3,919,020,032 DVD-ROM (JP) SLPM-66663 (V1.00)
Sony PlayStation 2
 ?
CRC32 9ba3fd42
MD5 ef80bbdba4613b2f9c1e6062c09126a1
SHA-1 b3dd9016bb03f7c4ca6f245d364369142783a04b
3,703,570,432 DVD-ROM (US) SLUS-21631 (V1.00)

External links

References


Phantasy Star series
"Classic" series
Phantasy Star (1987) | Phantasy Star II (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (1990) | Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (1993)
Phantasy Star II Text Adventures (Amia | Anne | Huey | Kinds | Nei | Rudger | Shilka | Yushis/Eusis) (1991) | Phantasy Star Adventure (1992) | Phantasy Star Gaiden (1992) | Phantasy Star Generation: 1 (2003) | Phantasy Star Generation: 2 (2005)
Compilations
Sega Ages Phantasy Star Collection (1998) | Phantasy Star Collection (2003) | Phantasy Star Complete Collection (2008)
Albums
Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection I (1993) | Phantasy Star Collection: Sound Collection II (1993) | Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album (2008) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013)
Audiobooks
Memorial Drama CD & Fanbook "Phantasy Star: Fuujirareshi Kioku" (1995)
Books
Phantasy Star II Hint Book (1989) | Phantasy Star III: Toki no Keishousha Koushiki Guide Book (1990) | Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Hint Book (1991) | Phantasy Star: Sennenki no Owari ni Game Guide Book (1994) | Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu (1995) | Phantasy Star IV Official Players Guide (1995) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013)
"Modern" series
Phantasy Star Online (Ver. 2 | Ep. I & II | Ep. III | Ep. IV) (2000-2005) | Phantasy Star Universe (Ambition of the Illuminus) (2006-2007) | Phantasy Star Online 2 (es | Cloud) (2012-2018)
Handheld games
Phantasy Star 0 (Mini) (2008-2009) | Phantasy Star Portable (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 (Infinity) (2009-2011) | Phantasy Star: Eternal Planets (2011) | Phantasy Star Nova (2014)
Compilations
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II & III Trilogy (200x) | Phantasy Star Defender's Pack! (2011)
Albums
Phantasy Star Online Original Sound Track (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Songs of Ragol Odyssey: Soundtrack Episode 1 & 2 (2002) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III Special Edition (2003) | Let The Winds Blow: Phantasy Star Online Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution Original Sound Track (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Premium Arrange (2004) | Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst Episode IV Sound Track (2005) | Phantasy Star Universe Game Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Tsutaya Original Sound Track (2006) | Save This World: Phantasy Star Universe Original Score (2006) | For Brighter Day Phantasy Star Universe Original Soundtrack (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Original Soundtrack (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Original Sound Track (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Special Single CD (2009) | Phantasy Star Soundtrack: Theme Song Collection (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Original Soundtrack: Wings of Universe (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Special CD (2011) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity Original Soundtrack (2012) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Sound Collection (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Mini Sound Track (2013) | Phantasy Star Series 25th Anniversary Concert Sympathy 2013 Live Memorial Album (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 1 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 2 (2013) | Phantasy Star Music Collection 2000-2007 (2013) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Song CD: Song Festival (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 3 (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Original Soundtrack (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Character Song CD: Song Festival II (2015) | Phantasy Star Online Series 15th Anniversary Concert: Sympathy 2015 Live Memorial Album (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation Original Soundtrack (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 4 (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Original Sound Tracks Vol. 5 (2017)
Audiobooks
Phantasy Star Online 2: Project Dream Arcs! (2013)
Books
Phantasy Star Online Navigation Guide (2000) | Phantasy Star Online Official Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Kanzen Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Tettei Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 Perfect Guide (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Fan Book (2001) | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Official Perfect Guide (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Ultimate (2002) | Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2003) | Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution Complete Guide (2003) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (2004) | Phantasy Star Universe Signature Series Guide (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Perfect Bible (2006) | Phantasy Star Universe Visual Book (200x) | Phantasy Star Universe Settei Shiryoushuu (2007) | Phantasy Star Universe: Illuminus no Yabou Perfect Guide (2007) | Phantasy Star Portable Fan Book: Guardians Maniacs (2008) | Phantasy Star Portable Perfect Bible (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Photon Master Guide (2008) | Phantasy Star 0 Complete Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star 0 Official Strategy Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Star Frontier Guide (2009) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Perfect Bible (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2010) | Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity: Infinity Battle Guide (2011) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Start Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Master Guide Book (2012) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Expert Guide (2013) | 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles (2013) | Phantasy Star Nova Guide Book (2014) | Phantasy Star Nova Side Stories (2015) | Phantasy Star Nova Perfect Bible (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2012-2015 (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 1 & 2 Settei Shiryoushuu (2015) 15th Anniversary Phantasy Star Online Visual Chronicles (2015) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Fashion Catalogue 2015-2016: Oracle & Tokyo Collection (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 3 Settei Shiryoushuu (2016) | Phantasy Star Online 2 es 3rd Anniversary Visual & Chip Collection (2017)
Other
Phantasy Star Online 2 -On Stage- (2014) | Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (2016)