What is the release date for Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis?

Get ready for the next Sega adventure not involving a hedgehog or Japanese mafioso.

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Sega has released more information regarding Phantast Star Online 2: New Genesis. The expansion/remake/new game (depending on your interpretation) is scheduled for a release some time in 2021.

While we don’t have an exact release date nailed down just yet, we do know that this new entry in the PSO universe could stand on its own if Sega chose. The entire gameplay engine has been reworked, and the visuals have been given an upgrade that fans have wanted for nearly a decade.

If you’re concerned about losing access to the existing version of PSO2, Sega had put those fears to rest. Everyone will be able to access both the original PSO2 and its New Genesis upgrade when the game launches in 2021. Unlike the rest of PSO2, which has been available in Japan since 2012, New Genesis is expected to release with a simultaneous global launch.

A closed beta for New Genesis is taking registrations in Japan through January 4. Sega plans to upgrade the current visuals in the original version of PSO2 to allow seamless character movement between PSO2 and NG. New Genesis will arrive on PC and Xbox One, with Sega promising Xbox Series X enhancements in the future.