On October 11th and 12th, Xbox 360 owners with a Live Gold account will be able to download for free a beta version of SEGA's upcoming release Phantasy Star Universe. Users will be allowed to beta test the MMORPG's online multi-player mode for a full week until October 18th.

Game play you will be able to experience in the beta include:

Create Your Character - Construct the perfect avatar with the robust Character Creation tool that enables players to change their character's body shape and dimensions, hairstyle and color, facial structure and features, and more!
Meet New People - Head out to the lobby and meet new people! Visit various shops for weapons, clothing and other items and then join or create a squad to embark on missions with new friends.
Explore the Universe - With three expansive planets to explore, discover the adventures that lie ahead on Parum, Neudaiz, and Moatoob.
My Room - Create your personal online space by adding items and elements from your adventures, and decorating your My Room with various themes and wallpaper. In here, your Partner Machinery is able to create new weapons and items for you to use in battle, trade with friends, or sell for a profit. Players can also exchange Partner Cards and visit friends in their My Room!
Customize Your Look - Head to one of the various Clothing or Parts shops located across the Universe and outfit your character with the newest styles.
Try Different Job Types - Speak to the Guardian Representative located on the fifth floor of the Guardian's Colony to freely change between the three class types: Hunter, Ranger, and Force.
Create and Sell Items - Craft items from the base materials you find during your adventures using your Partner Machinery. You can even sell these items within player-run Shops!

Keep in mind that it is a beta test, so any issues you find can be reported at the PSU Beta Website to help ensure it doesn't find its way into the final release.


Since being mentioned on XboxAmerica a few days ago, the Phantasy Star Universe open beta has been delayed slightly. While no official date was announced, a communication of the Phantasy Star Universe Open Beta website said the delay would not be that long. Here is the official announcement.

"We apologize, but the BETA release dates have changed. The release date will no longer be Oct 11th, but should see release very soon after. Please watch this page, as well as our Official Phantasy Star Universe forums for more information. Thank you for your patience, we look forward to seeing everyone online very soon!"