Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis (Japanese: ファンタシースターオンライン2 ニュージェネシス), abbreviated PSO2: NGS, is an upcoming update to Phantasy Star Online 2 and the latest entry into the PSO2 series. Announced during Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase as a celebration of the Phantasy Star Online franchise's 20th anniversary, this massive update will be free-to-play and overhaul the game system and graphics engine. Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis will release globally in North America and Japan on June 9, 2021.
Taking place on the planet Halpha 1,000 years after the adventures of Oracle, the next generation of ARKS operatives team up with mysterious allies known as the Meteorn, alien beings that arrive on the planet via pods from outer space, in order to combat a new threat: the Dolls.
PSO2: NGS is advertised as an open world online RPG. The worlds themselves will be affected by day and night cycles and will even have weather effects. The game will feature a revamped battle system and new methods to traverse the open world.
- Photon Dash: Sprint across the ground with great speed.
- Photon Glide: Descend from the skies in a nimble glide.
The character creator will also be highly overhauled utilizing the new graphics engine, allowing the creation of high-fidelity characters. Characters' fingers will even be able to grasp and move. Accessories can be placed in unique positions rather than restricted to fixed points.
Relationship with PSO2
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis will coexist with Phantasy Star Online 2 as two stand alone titles. The same character created on PSO2 will be able to be played on both PSO2 and PSO2: NGS. Furthermore, the graphics engine in PSO2 proper will be upgraded to match that seen in PSO2: NGS.
Premium currency and equipment will transfer over, however, the latter will be dependent on the changes implemented in PSO2: NGS's game system. Character growth, consumable items, boost items, skill rings and furniture will not currently be transferable but this information may be subject to change.
- Official Teaser Site
- Announcing Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis on the official site
- The official North American Twitter account
- The official Japanese Twitter account