Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

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  • From this awesome Hidden Palace article, SoA had so little confidence in role-playing games that they actually TURNED DOWN Phantasy Star IV. Dang. Then Working Designs like "yo okay we'll do PSIV" and then SoA was all "hghhbghhh no we're doing it now!!" and picked it back up.
  • Also from the same article, SoA priced PSIV (a cardboard box game) at $100 frickin dollars PURPOSEFULLY. "In order to prove the point that there was no market for role-playing games." fghhh whaat. SoA! Frick whatchyou tryin to do SoA :< dang soa, thats not nice to your customers, that game didn't cost that much. Also, all of that, ONLY to have the game actually sell really well regardless. But you kinda screwed your fans over (the RPG fans, arguably the more loyal fans.) And they remember. A LOT of people still remember that EVEN BACK IN THE DAY that was like - woahh thats a lotta money dude :<

CartridgeCulture (talk) 21:43, 22 November 2021 (EST)

"The End of the Millennium" title

Was the "The End of the Millennium" label ever used outside Japan (other than the title screen, which is the same in Japan)? - Andlabs 10:35, 24 August 2011 (CDT)

I'm guessing not. This one's a bit awkward since once upon a time there was an alternative Phantasy Star IV set for release on the Mega CD - Phantasy Star IV: The Return of Alis, which was cancelled. I don't know therefore if Sega of Japan consider this the "fifth" Phantasy Star game or an unrelated side quest or what. I don't know much about the series. -Black Squirrel 10:44, 24 August 2011 (CDT)
SOJ didn't number this game; most of us are assuming it's because they wanted to retcon Phantasy Star III out and treat this one as the real III. :/ I guess I can look around for old ads or something. I don't have a clue about the CD one; the Unreleased page is the first time I've heard of it. - Andlabs 10:53, 24 August 2011 (CDT)

Mega-CD version

A Sega Mega-CD version was announced, but it was not released.

Does anybody have a good source for this claim? Ideally, something contemporaneous (like a magazine article or two covering the game's development) or an interview with a developer or someone else in a position to know. I've seen a lot of modern sources mention it (like this Sega-16 article), but it's probable that they're basing the claim on this Sega Retro page (or on Wikipedia, who removed it from their own article in 2012 for lack of support). The closest thing to an original source that I can find is this IGN source that keeps coming up, which is pretty thin. --Typhoon (talk) 20:21, 7 September 2022 (EDT)