Sega Confirms Phantasy Star Ø for North America and Europe

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The PSP is getting Phantasy Star Portable this year — as announced back in October — so it’s only fair that the DS is now also getting some Phantasy Star love. Phantasy Star Ø (aka Phantasy Star Zero), the first ever Phantasy Star game for the DS, has today been confirmed for releases in North America and Europe. It’s scheduled to ship in Fall 2009 and will feature an innovative Visual Chat interface said to enable players to create their own customized chat commands that will show up as text bubbles above their player characters’ heads. It’s a Phantasy Star game so you can also expect addictive multiplayer gaming (both local and online) of the action-RPG persuasion and extensive character customization options.

Hit the jump for the official game synopsis and first screenshots.

Phantasy Star Ø takes place on an alternate Earth 200 years after the “Great Blank,” a massive war that has reduced the once-prosperous civilization to almost nothing. The sole surviving Humans have worked hard to exist peacefully and have built thriving Cities. The Humans that adventure past the outskirts of these Cities, called Hunters, explore the vast wilderness and hunt dangerous monsters to keep Cities safe. Players will take up the role of Hunters and select from three types of races and different classes, as well as gender for a total of 14 customizable character types. Each character type will play very differently and give players access to a great range of items, armor and weapons. Featuring over 350 unique weapons, gamers will venture out on “Earth”, combat dangerous monsters to gain experience and meet new major characters. As players explore further, they will unravel the mystery of the “Great Blank” and discover a dangerous new force that must be stopped.

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