Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Launches June 9

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The follow-up to Sega’s massive free-to-play Phantasy Star Online 2 will launch June 9, 2021, bringing a whole new experience to the franchise. PSO2: New Genesis expands on the base game’s mechanics and world, as well as the lauded character creation process. It also boasts a completely new graphics engine.

From the New Genesis Closed Beta website:

A new world, 1,000 years after the battle of Oracle…

Arks: These are the brave warriors who are defending Planet Halpha against the unknown threat of the DOLLS. The fight against the DOLLS has been ongoing for decades, but as of yet, no one knows where they are coming from, and why they are attacking the people of Halpha. The members of ARKS are made up of skilled individuals from Halpha, but there are also those with a different background…

Meteorn: This is the name given by the Halphanians to the mysterious people who arrive frequently by way of pod on Halpha.The Meteorn have no memory of their life before they arrived. Similar to the DOLLS, no one knows where they come from, and the reason for their arrival in Halpha. However, their skills as ARKS are unparalled. Many of them decide to live together with the people of Halpha, and fight as a united front in ARKS against the DOLLS. And now, as a new members of ARKS, one Meteorn is arriving at the biggest city on the planet: Central City.

The expanded character creation now allows players to choose skin glossiness, as well as increased the amount of accessories available to equip. It also allows players to change the position of where those accessories are equipped. In-game communication has broadened through stamps and a wider array of character emotes. The world of PSO2: New Genesis has also expanded, with open world exploration and an assortment of new enemies to battle.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will launch June 9 on Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam, and the Epic Game Store.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.