Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis: Everything You Need to Know!
Earlier this week Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis was announced. This is an all-inclusive, easily-digestible list of everything we know about New Genesis currently.
So, Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is going to be an entirely new title in the PSO2 series. Not an overhaul. Not an expansion. Not an update. An entirely new entry. New Genesis will take place one thousand years after the events of the original PSO2 game.
New Genesis is going to be completely open – having fields that are large, filled with content to explore, filled with enemies to combat. This is very different to what players have in PSO2, where the game is instanced, hub-based, and highly linear.
Players will be able to use the characters they created within PSO2 within New Genesis. PSO2 and New Genesis both will be coming to a global audience in the near future.
Currently, the game is available within North America and Japan, however at an undisclosed date it will be accessible globally.
Not only that, but once again the devs have reiterated that there will be additional platforms for PC players to play on coming in the near future. It’s still unconfirmed whether a Steam release is in the works but we can continue to hope.
Japan and North America should both be getting the update at roughly similar times, with New Genesis rolling out as the next large update after Episode 6 later this year. The update specifically will launch in 2021, celebrating Phantasy Star Online’s 20th anniversary.
New Genesis will feature an entirely new, upgraded graphical engine and game system, including higher fidelity character models allowing you to create absolutely stunning Anime characters.
Character creation and the avatar you create within PSO2 or New Genesis will be compatible cross-game.
Certain content, such as emotes will be shared between your character in both games. Character growth will not, meaning you’ll be required to level up separately in both games, including skills, Photon Arts and Techniques.
Currency will also not carry over as that would break the economy. AG and SG are shared between both games. Weapons, Units and Mags obtained within PSO2 will be usable in New Genesis, however, their functions, abilities and appearances will change.
PSO2’s graphical engine will be completely overhauled to match the engine that New Genesis will be running. And yes, for those of you wondering, PSO2 and PSO2 New Genesis will both be 100% completely free-to-play.
This update doesn’t mean PSO2 is going anywhere though. It will still be actively worked on, and allow for players to play and grow in both games, side by side, concurrently, traversing both universes with the very same character.
Finally, New Genesis is going to be available, at launch, on Windows 10 – for PC players, like the game has been for the last several months, and Xbox One. It is worth noting that they mention “if PSO2 is added to new platforms, we plan to make PSO2: New Genesis available on those platforms as well.”
And that’s it – that’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis.
Hopefully you’re excited for the game, I know all of us are.