Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
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- For information relating to content released prior to Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, see Phantasy Star Online 2.
|Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis|
|System(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Switch|
|Developer: Online R&D|
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Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (ファンタシースターオンライン2 ニュージェネシス) is a major update to Phantasy Star Online 2 which overhauls several systems and introduces a brand new gameplay experience.
Set 1,000 years after the events of Phantasy Star Online 2, the next generation of ARKS settled on Planet Halpha. Conflict would soon arise when a new threat from outer space, the DOLLS, begin appearing with no explanation. Around the same time that the DOLLS began appearing, mysterious individuals appeared from Meteorn that fell from the sky. Despite possessing no memories of their past, these individuals possess skills which make them effective in combatting the DOLLS and ultimately join ARKS to combat this threat.
Relation to Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is essentially an update which overhauls the original Phantasy Star Online 2 into an entirely new experience, overwriting the existing client from "Phantasy Star Online 2" to "Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis.
With that said, Phantasy Star Online 2's original content can still be played. Expanding on the original's Block System, the original Phantasy Star Online 2 and Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis exists in their own blocks known as "PSO2" and "PSO2:NGS" blocks. Players can freely swap between either through a Ryuker Device in a PSO2:NGS block or through a Block Portal in a PSO2 block. In addition, players can also choose to start in either Block from the Character Selection screen.
Aside from being able to play Phantasy Star Online 2's content, certain data is usable between the two blocks:
- Character Appearance (including emotes and accessories).
- ARKS Cash (AC) and Star Gems (SG).
- Weapons, Units and Mags, though these have different behaviour when used in Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis.
With that said however the following data will remain exclusive to their respective blocks:
- Items of the following category; Consumable items, Skill Rings, Boost Items, Materials and Furnishing.
- Character Growth including Level, EXP, Class Skills, Photon Arts and Techniques.
Lastly, as New Genesis features a new graphical engine, the rendering and lighting quality of the original Phantasy Star Online 2 will also be updated when in a PSO2 Block.
In 2018 several job listings for an unnamed Phantasy Star project were spotted though no announcements were made regarding what the project could be.  Eventually during their 2020 roadmap, SEGA announced that the end of EPISODE 6 would not be followed up with EPISODE 7, instead announcing that a 'major update' would be releasing, with the nature of the update being kept vague.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, would first be unveiled at the Xbox Games Showcase 2020 event with a teaser trailer and website. Details concerning the announcement were vague which lead to a second trailer going up a day later revealing more details including Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis's relation to Phantasy Star Online 2 and what elements would be interconnected. To commemorate the announcement an in-game campaign to celebrate the announcement was released across the Japanese and Global versions of Phantasy Star Online 2.
Over the coming months, more details concerning the game would be revealed through livestreams and posts on Phantasy Star Online 2's website. Such details revealed included the fact that PSO2NGS would be a free update on Phantasy Star Online 2 and the enhanced character creator.
The expansion's planned to be released worldwide in both Japan and the West some-time in 2021 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Phantasy Star Online.
Much like Phantasy Star Online 2, Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, will have two different versions; a Japanese version and a Western version with no cross-compatibility. Like its predecessor, the Japanese version will use a SEGA ID to authenticate and link accounts across multiple platforms while the Western version will be relying on an Xbox Live account for cross-compatibility with Phantasy Star Online 2 and cross-platform support.
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