Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Expansion Won't Replace Original PSO2 Game

A new video confirms that PSO2's New Genesis expansion will coexist alongside the original universe.

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There may be some confusion about Phantasy Star Online 2's future following New Genesis's reveal, which is slated to hit PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X in 2021. However, publisher Sega has shared a new video confirming that the two universes will coexist.

While New Genesis will serve as a "complete redesign" of the traditional Phantasy Star Online 2 experience, the expansion will not outright replace PSO2 in any way. In fact, the New Genesis expansion will operate as a compliment to Phantasy Star Online 2, allowing you to play both universes with the same character. Unfortunately, certain elements--like level, class skills, and Photon Arts--will not transfer between universes.

"You can continue to enjoy the original PSO2 even after PSO2: NGS has been released," developer Online R&D said. "Accounts that have been playing PSO2 will be able to hop between PSO2: NGS and PSO2."

Alongside a massive overhaul that includes an extensive graphics redesign, the New Genesis expansion introduces a number of new additions to the online free-to-play action-RPG. This includes more character customization options for more exact personalization, new enemy types, added movement abilities, a revamped combat system, and much more.

While you wait for New Genesis to arrive, PSO2 will see some new content this August on PC and Xbox One. A new location--Earth--will open up for exploration, featuring a new mysterious enemy you'll have to investigate and take out. The August update will also come with an increased level cap and various other goodies.

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