As the North American (and worldwide for 360) release of PSU: Ambition of the Illuminus
is only hours away, we regret that we must bring forth some sad news for players of PSO: Blue Burst
. The English PSOBB
servers will be closing for good early next year. From the Sega Billing web site:
"We regret to announce that you will no longer be able to purchase Hunters’ Licenses for Phantasy Star Blue Burst from January 9th 2008.
All subscription-based services will be terminating on Jan 9th, 2008.
If you have an active subscription terminating between January 9th 2008 and February 9th 2008, your Hunters’ License will be valid until February 9th, at which point the game servers will be made available free of charge to all previous Hunters’ License holders.
Phantasy Star Blue Burst game servers will be closed down on March 31st, 2008."
According to a post on Sega's official message boards, Hunter's License sales for PSOBB will actually cease on December 06, 2007, and all subscription-based services for Blue Burst
will terminate on January 09, 2008. Any subscriptions that expire between December 09, 2007 and January 09, 2008, will be valid until January 09, 2008, at which point, the servers will be made available for free until they are take offline forever on March 31, 2008.
Please be sure to check out Clumsyorchid's post
at the official forum for further details, including reasons for the closure.