I've tried searching about this in the forum but couldn't find a thread about it.
I was reading the wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantas...ega-CD_version) entry on Phantasy Star IV today, just to learn a bit more about the development of this game. However, I was quite surprised by this piece:
"Phantasy Star IV was originally designed for the Mega-CD system, and would have been vastly different from its final incarnation. This unreleased version was called Phantasy Star IV: The Return of Alys. Features like 3-D dungeons (such as those featured in the first Phantasy Star), full motion video cutscenes, voice acting, and much more were planned. However, poor sales and lack of support for the Mega-CD platform caused a change of plans midway through development. Most of these features were scrapped from the final design, the intended voice cast declined, and the end result was a Sega Mega Drive cartridge game that bore little resemblance to the original plans for the CD-ROM version, which would have been at least 240 megabit."
Then I did some further research and found this article on IGN (http://cheats.ign.com/objects/816/816198.html):
"The planned fourth game in the Phantasy Star universe (not necessarily the same as Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium -- the game went through numerous changes in production), this title was originally planned for Sega Genesis and the new Sega CD, and was rumored to follow the story immediately after Phantasy Star III and the further terrors of the Dark Force. The game was designed to feature audio and video on the CD, with a game world 20 times that of previous entries, and ambitious upgrades in the 3D dungeon technology. It was unfortunately never released in this particular form, either on Genesis or Sega CD."
Is there any actual proof that this game ever existed? Did a beta or alpha of it or even demo was ever ackowledged to exist?