• "New Genesis" will overhaul "PSO2's" existing graphics engine
  • The update will add a large open world for players to explore
  • "New Genesis" will launch on June 9 

The latest iteration of Sega’s free-to-play MMORPG “Phantasy Star Online 2” is nearly finished, and the game will be available globally upon release. “New Genesis” is a massive update to “Phantasy Star Online 2” that features a new open world and significantly improved graphics.

“Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis” will officially launch across all servers worldwide starting June 9, according to a post on the “PSO2” website. The exact time of launch remains unclear, but the game should be available for download once the appointed date arrives.

“Phantasy Star Online 2” is one of Japan’s most popular MMOs and originally launched back in 2012. The game did not receive an official Western release until 2020, but it was positively received by its new audience.

The game is known for its 3D anime-inspired aesthetic, flashy high-speed combat and epic boss battles. “Phantasy Star Online 2” is an instance-based game. Players are gathered inside a large hub area, and whenever they embark on missions, they are dropped in instanced locations alone or with a group.

PSO2 New Genesis features a reworked graphics engine that matches modern standards
PSO2 New Genesis features a reworked graphics engine that matches modern standards SEGA

“New Genesis” will change this by adding a large open world similar to those in other MMOs. It functions as both a graphical overhaul and a content expansion to the original “Phantasy Star Online 2,” and players will be able to freely switch between either of the games once “New Genesis” is released.

Apart from the enhanced graphical features, the update will also feature refined gameplay systems. The weapon upgrade system will now be more streamlined, and players will be able to combine weapons with the new Multi-Weapon system.

“Phantasy Star Online 2” is overdue for a graphical enhancement. The original game’s graphics are noticeably dated, but they also allowed for compatibility with a wider variety of low-end machines. Luckily, instead of outright replacing the graphics engine, Sega merely implemented new technology to the existing one.

This means that players won’t necessarily have to upgrade their computers to be able to play “New Genesis.” Those who are currently enjoying “PSO2” will still be able to enjoy the original game and the new content on their existing machines with little to no repercussions.