Following the announcement of Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis at the Xbox Games Showcase, the Japanese arm of Sega made its own announcement.
In a move that perhaps won’t be too surprising for Phantasy Star Online 2 veterans, the Japanese version of the game is coming for completely different platforms.
There is no mention at all of Xbox, while the game will be released for PS4 and PC natively. A cloud-based version will also run for Nintendo Switch and PC.
The game will release in 2021 like in the west, and it’ll be a free-to-play online RPG with optional microtransactions.
Since for the west it was announced as an Xbox console launch exclusive (coming to Xbox One and PC and then supporting Xbox Series X down the line), this likely means that we’ll likely have to wait a while to play the PS4 and Switch versions in English, which isn’t unlike Phantasy Star Online 2 itself.
The game is rated CERO D in Japan, which means it’s suitable for players who are 17 or older.
It will feature a redesign of the gameplay systems and a new engine, and it’s labeled as the latest game in the series.
The wording appears to describe it as a new Phantasy Star Online 2 game rather than a remake.
Below you can check out the Japanese trailer and the first screenshots.