By Patrick Aguda / July 24th, 2020
SEGA has announced Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (PSO2: NGS), a massive update to Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2). PSO2: NGS takes place 1000 years after PSO2 and features a new battle system, upgraded graphics engine and an open world game system. The graphics engine of PSO2 will also be overhauled to match PSO2: NGS. Please note, PSO2‘s PC version’s system requirements will increase after the graphics engine overhaul. Character creation is more robust and due to the PSO2 graphics overhaul, characters created in PSO2: NGS and can be used in PSO2 and vice-versa. Even after PSO2: NGS is released, players will still be able to experience the original PSO2, as both games will exist side-by-side.
While some aspects can be shared between PSO2 and PSO2: NGS, such as created characters, some things can not be shared or will differ once transferred. For example, Weapons, Units and Mags can be transferred between the two games, but their abilities and appearances may differ in PSO2: NGS because of the new game system. Currencies that can affect the game’s balance, such as Meseta and FUN, cannot be transferred to PSO2: NGS.
You can check out a summary of the changes coming to PSO2: NGS and its relationship to PSO2 below.
- “Worldview”, “Game System”, “Graphics Engine”, and “Character Creation” have all been completely redesigned.
- PSO2: NGS features an open world game system, with an updated battle system to take advantage of the new, persistent world.
- Players can move back and forth between “PSO2: NGS” and “PSO2” on the same PSO2 account!
- Empowered by a new graphics engine, “Character Creation” will offer more customization options than ever before. Players can also bring their character created in “PSO2: NGS” to the world of “PSO2“. Also, players can share their character data well as lobby actions that obtained in “PSO2” to “PSO2: NGS“.
For some more details on PSO2: NGS, you can check out the official announcement article HERE.
You can check out PSO2: NGS‘ teaser trailer below as well as a follow-up video that helps explain New Genesis’ relationship to the original PSO2.
You can check out some screenshots of PSO2: NGS below.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is scheduled to launch 2021 in North America for PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One. It is scheduled to launch 2021 in Japan for PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch. PSO2: NGS is scheduled to launch the same year as Phantasy Star Online‘s 20th Anniversary. Like its predecessor, the game will be Free-to-Play. According to the North American announcement page, if PSO2 is added to new platforms, SEGA plans to make PSO2: NGS available for those platforms as well.
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