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.”