@Blade-Syphon said in We need more games like Universe,/Portable/Nova! (let's show the devs that there is demand for it!):
No, there was a third online only episode that continued AotI's story after the Guardian Colony crashed on Parum. Episode 1 and 2 are both still playable offline on the PC version as well I believe, it's just Episode 3, that wrapped up all of PSU's story, was only available as an online episode.
I imagine once upon a time, Sega did probably have plans on bringing it offline with another expansion but, well, we know how that all panned out.
According to a Japanese developer interview, there were plans for each expansion to have their own individual Offline version disc. However in the end, Ambitions of the Illuminus sold quite poorly in Japan. This, on top of a series of ongoing technical problems the Japanese version was facing (PSU sold quite well in Japan, but that didn't translate to paying subscribers) lead to Sega cancelling the third expansion disc in favour of working on PSU's successor (which would go on to become PSO2) a year after Ambitions of the Illuminus had just released.
As for Phantasy Star Nova, I personally believe that one was caught up in a bit of a internal embargo on Phantasy Star content in the West, from my own memory the franchise's anniversary wasn't even celebrated in the West. With PSO2 and IDOLA now released outside of Japan, about the only hurdle standing in the way of a Global release of PS Nova is the fact that its a PlayStation Vita game and the Vita's discontinued. The only way we'd get to see that title localized is if Sega were to port it to Switch or PC. In general, localization aside, PS Nova wouldn't require much to begin with as that game did not have an online mode but rather a local co-op mode.