Kvaris is the snowy opposite to Retem’s arid desert
We’re heading back into classic JRPG biome town (eventually, we need every portion of Final Fantasy VII represented, it’s just the rules), as the next Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis region is the snowy mountains of Kvaris. The New Genesis Kvaris update will be deployed in June, and will be the second major content addition to the game since launch following Retem, which was added roughly four months ago.
The news all comes from the below NGS Headline, which is essentially Sega’s Nintendo Direct-like stream series for the game. It’ll coincide with the 10th anniversary of PSO 2 (that’s literally just Phantasy Star Online 2, the one game) on July 4 of this year, which will spur the launch of “several special projects.” That includes item design, illustration, and online cosplay contests. Tying in with all that, Sega is using an “NGS Official Creator” program with “influencers certified by the NGS team,” and essentially paid in “regular in-game rewards.”
We also got a date for the next NGS Headline: April 28. FYI, if all you care about is seeing Kvaris in action, that starts at 19:38 in the below video.
Hopefully Kvaris will be a little meatier in terms of content, as Retem, while very fun to explore, was extremely light on things to do. With mountainsides being a key focus of the region, I think they can go big here and add a lot of layers within the caves below and the peaks above.