Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is officially live today

    
30

The fabled day has arrived: Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis launches globally today everywhere as planned. Last year brought the western launch of the base game after almost a decade of longing, but from here on out, the game will march on with global parity, and we’re here for it.

MOP’s own Chris Neal dived headlong into the beta and absolutely loved it, finding the combat much improved and the open world a welcome addition. “For the most part, New Genesis feels like the evolution this series absolutely needed,” he opined. “Frankly, I’m immediately hooked and am even willing to put up with the Windows Store’s nonsense to play this game, which is already a bigger bit of praise than I can heap on the original.”

SEGA is pushing an absolute avalanche of promos right now, including first-time login incentives and Windows 10- and Xbox One-specific login campaigns, so it’s probably worth jumping through a few hoops for free stuff. Worth noting too is that the maintenance was extended extra this morning, but since you already preloaded and played with the character creator, you’re all set to go anyway, right? Well, maybe one more thing: Check out the patch notes!

Update
Aaaand it’s finally up!

Advertisement

No posts to display

30
LEAVE A COMMENT

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Spex
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Spex

I’m very surprised about how disappointed and actually sad I am that they removed fishing. Sure, you can pick up crabs and stuff from the sides of rivers, but… that’s not really fishing for me. I was looking forward to finding quiet spots to zone out and fish in these beautiful environments. Fishing is one of my favorite parts of pso2 and now I’m sad again just typing this comment. :( On the plus side, the fluffy owls have won my heart…

Reader
iShirow

The main story is quite short this time, it ends around power level 1100 / class job lv 13-15.

The launch was pretty rough overall, but still somewhat enjoying it. Got to level 15 on my Force character even though at times the lag was horrible, waiting 3-5 secs for the server to sync up, etc.

A small tip to boost your power level if you played the original PSO2, you can use your old weapons and armor. They can add quite a decent boost if you have 8 augments on them and they will help you save resources.

Still weird to see that a 15 star weapon is now relegated to being a 4 star weapon that a level 15 character can use.

Reader
Hikari Kenzaki

Reader
Utakata

:(

Reader
Bereman99

Weren’t the faces in the original PSO2 all set faces that you chose from, instead of slider based like NGS?

Reader
Hikari Kenzaki

Lol wut?
No.
The characters i made in the original were unique and distinctive.
The 1/10th the options was not an exaggeration.
Everyone i watched play today was talking about this.
Most tried for 30+ minutes to make something work before giving up and using their old looks.

Reader
Bereman99

So asking a legitimate question for comparison and clarification is met with mocking. Got it.

Reader
Hikari Kenzaki

What you said was the complete opposite of true, so I really have no idea where to begin. I originally was going to ask if you’d ever actually played PSO2?
NGS is no more or less ‘slider-based’ than the version that came out a year ago. You pick a starting point, then you adjust it. The problem is a total lack of starting points.
There are 4 faces. Total. Not 4 male faces, 4 female faces, and 4 enby faces. Four faces. Same for outfits. Same for CAST body parts (might be 6 there). It’s just nothing.
And the two feminine faces (and the face of every female NPC) are flat and dead.
Attachments? Yeah, you get none of those.
Makeup? Nope. 1 choice. The vaguely pink lipgloss shown above.
Hairstyles? We go from 50+ free hairstyles in PSO2 to… 8.
All your old outfits only work on the old bodies, which is fine, IF they actually gave the new bodies more to choose from.
It is the same character creator with everything good ripped out of it, though it’s clear that you’ll be able to get all that in lovely scratch tickets (lockboxes) in the future.

Leyaa
Reader
Leyaa

So true. I also was quite let down by the options of the character creator. Why SEGA, why?

Reader
Dankey Kang

Almost everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Ended up waiting half the day to login. Game is also lagging like crazy, borderline unplayable at times. Still worth it though

Reader
SwordBreaker35

And remeber thanks to Micrsoft all PS4/Switch owners can go fuck them self or spend 100 bucks or 1000 for a decent gaming pc.

So all I will say fuck this game and Microsoft 2.

Reader
Constant_Boot

I can’t speak much regarding why no Switch, but I firmly believe no PS version would lie solely on Sony’s shoulders and their stance on crossplay and cross-account management.

Reader
SwordBreaker35

Yeah Sony stance on that is bullshit but they do have coss-account on FFXIV but are against it on other mmo´s makes no sense why are you letting one game do that but not others.

But I also think Microsoft is partly to blame I mean they are the reason why even have PSO2 in the first place so it would not surprise me they want to keep it PC and Xbox only. You know so they can sell more consoles.

Reader
Constant_Boot

A Square-Enix account isn’t the same as a Steam, Epic, or an Xbox Live account.

The difference is that Square-Enix is a direct publisher while the other three are storefront platforms.

Who really knows but Sega and Microsoft on why things are the way they are. All we can do is assume.

Reader
SwordBreaker35

well still it´s silly becuse instead of every one enjoy the same games not matter what platform they chose companies need to do silly things like this.

But yeah if I can´t play PSO2 genesis who gives a damn it´s not like Sega or Microsoft or even Sony loses millions becuse they ignore 1 costumer.

So that´s why I say it like I feel like it Fuck PSO2 genesis and fuck all 3 companies involved they don´t need me and I rely don´t need them.

Reader
Castagere Shaikura

Can’t rebind movent keys so it’s a hard pass. This is the only MMO that I know won’t let you rebind your keys to your liking. Some complaints about this on the forums now.

Reader
Bereman99

Movement keys as in WASD?

I’m looking at the options to rebind those right now. System -> Control Settings -> Keybind Settings (Keyboard).

Reader
Castagere Shaikura

What options did it give you?

Reader
Bereman99

Oh ya know…a few. Pics included if you want to confirm where they are in the menu options and which ones are available, in both standard and Over The Shoulder view.

Screenshot 2021-06-10 020102.png
Screenshot 2021-06-10 020126.png
Screenshot 2021-06-10 020144.png
Reader
Castagere Shaikura

Thank you but can you change wasd to anything else?

Reader
Bereman99

Sure can – I even bound it to something like U, I, O, and P to check.

One quirk I’ll have to test is if the key you are trying to bind is already bound to another function it may not overwrite – numpad 1-10 for example is a complete option for switching palettes so even changing an action button to numpad 3 for example (I use an MMO mouse and set the buttons to the numpad for ease of keybinding) it would instead just switch palettes until I turned that option off.

But that may have been a weird element of that particular option and keys simply switch to the new option when changing keybinds in most cases.

Reader
Castagere Shaikura

I ask because an old gaming friend from way back was thinking about trying this out. But he’s a lefty and uses arrow keys for movement so he can use the number pad for other things. Was hoping to see him playing online again as he got me started in gaming years ago. He only plays single-player games now.

Reader
Bruno Brito

According to my friend, the game is lagging like insanity, so he logged out.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Greaterdivinity

Servers have been super packed but it seems to be calming down now. Had a few servers that weren’t “full” when I created my character a bit ago.

So far it’s pretty darned solid. Lots of weird visual shimmering still, but it looks great. Double jump is super rad, and gliding is fun!

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Greaterdivinity

Eyyy, it works! Now to mull over whether I get daring and make a robo-lady (seriously, why is the robo-lady mostly a lady but the robo-dude is like, all robot? Add some hunky robo-dudes and some full on robo-ladies, damnit!) or the totally different and equally daring elf lady.

Decisions decisions…at the very least the new graphical goodies sure do make the game look better right outta the character creation screen.

Reader
Vanquesse V

In classic PSO2 fashion the maintenance has been extended and is at this point in time 7 hours past the scheduled launch time.

Reader
Bereman99

“A few more minutes until the maintenance is over.”

“So what happens when the maintenance is over?”

“You don’t know? That’s when maintenance begins.”

Reader
Vanquesse V

Maintenance cross burst!!!

Reader
Bruno Brito

Maybe the real maintenance were the friends we made along the way.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
squid

Eq1 did it right with their server selection screen chat rooms. Lots of good memories hanging out in there while the servers were down.