Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus is the first expansion of Sonic Team's internationally popular online RPG Phantasy Star Universe, available for the PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360. Released initially in Japan on September 27, 2007, for PlayStation 2 and PC, subsequent territorial releases followed on November 20, 2007, 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 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. On June 30th, 2010, the expansion became free on Xbox Live. As of July 20th, 2010, the expansion is required for users wishing to play online. An updated version was released at this time which contains GUARDIANS Advanced Content.
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 threaten 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, the player 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 reins as instructors, passing on their knowledge to younger recruits 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 collectibles are given away as mission rewards, and some are given to your character at the beginning of the game.
Ambition of the Illuminus introduced numerous new features to Phantasy Star Universe including new weapons, Photon Arts, missions, clothing, enemies, and more.
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.
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.
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.
New partner characters
New partner cards are available that weren't originally available in Episode 2.
PC/PS2 server closure
Due to low population, the PC/PS2 servers of Phantasy Star Universe were shut down on March 31st, 2010.
|Phantasy Star series|
|Phantasy Star | Phantasy Star II | Phantasy Star III | Phantasy Star IV|
|Compilations and Spin-offs|
|Phantasy Star Adventure | Phantasy Star Gaiden | Phantasy Star II Text Adventures | Phantasy Star Collection|
|Phantasy Star Online | Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II | Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution | Episode IV | Phantasy Star 0 | Phantasy Star Online 2|
|Phantasy Star Universe | Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus | Phantasy Star Portable | Phantasy Star Portable 2|
|Phantasy Star Generation 1 | Phantasy Star Generation 2|
|Numan | Dark Force|