SEGA has announced that its upcoming expansion-style update for Phantasy Star Online 2, entitled 'New Genesis', will be launching on Xbox consoles and PC - free for all players - on Wednesday, June 9.

This is far more than just a simple update, featuring a redesigned graphics engine along with new gameplay elements and "unparalleled character customisation," described as giving the game "the renewal it deserves."

You can check out the intro video above, and here's a bit of what you can expect:

"Because the game system and graphics engine were created eight years ago, they may seem unrefined to modern players, especially to those of you whose adventures just began. This is why the development team is preparing a massive update instead of a new episode—to give PSO2 the renewal it deserves.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Phantasy Star Online, we will be aiming for even greater heights and reshaping the story, game system, graphics engine, and character creation system. PSO2 will be reborn as an open-field online RPG, with a renewed battle system and game system to match!"

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