Sega has Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis announced for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PCs. The game is scheduled to go online in 2021, but Europe will be left out, as with Phantasy Star Online 2. The Xbox Games Showcase announcement was for North America only. In Japan, on the other hand, there are also versions for PS4, PlayStation 5 and cloud versions for Nintendo Switch. Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will be free-to-play.
A complete overhaul
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is described as a “new part” in the universe of Phantasy Star Online 2. But what is called the predecessor except for the subtitle has of course a lot to do with it. However, Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis wants to “completely revise” the game systems and graphics of PSO2. The scope and revision are so complex that New Genesis appears instead of a new episode of PSO2. In North America you are currently at episode 3, in Japan at episode 6. Only then will New Genesis be launched.
The occasion is the 20th birthday of the PSO series. The complete revision is also due to the age of the game. In Japan, PSO2 is already in its eighth year and graphics and systems are accordingly old-fashioned. However, both titles remain playable. The “old” Phantasy Star Online 2 is said to continue to exist alongside New Genesis. That in turn meanwhile also starts on Steam on August 5th.
Because all of this is kind of confusing, Sega has clarified in detail on the official website how PSO2 and Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis relate to each other and to each other. In addition to the announcement video, a topic video was also released for clarification. But in the end it is unfortunately not relevant for us Europeans …
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis announcement video
Educational video on the relationship to PSO2
via Gematsu (2, 3), images: Phantasy Star Online 2, Sega