Planet Halpha: Central City
New gameplay footage was shown during the Phantasy Star Online 20th Anniversary stream! Comedy duo, Nasu Nakanishi, explored Central City during an Emergency Quest notification. Within Central City, you can explore a variety of facilities and conference areas. Utilizing double jump, you can reach on top of the buildings, and see the city from new heights. You can even run atop the castle walls surrounding the city.
The Adventure Area
From the city, you can simply run out into the adventure area with no loading screens at all. Here you can fight enemies, such as the "Alters," who resemble the natives from PSO2. In fact, one such native, the monkey-like " Oodan" makes an appearance under its new title, "Oodan Roa." There's also enemies reminiscent of the dragonkin known as "Lizard Feurei" and "Lizard Ice," who appear to release elemental attacks.
If a fellow player becomes incapacitated, you have the ability to revive them with a Moon Atomizer.
Eventually, Nasu Nakanishi made their way to the "Dolls" where they fought a Shifta buffed "Gororon." These rotund enemies can release long-distant shockwaves from their bellies as well as perform spindash attacks.
We also got a brief glimpse of an Emergency Quest area which can randomly spawn on the map.
The Tutorial Cocoon
Scattered across the field are "Cocoons," that hold instance quests. One such quest, known as "First Steps," gives players a tutorial on some of the features they may use on the field. You can perform the Photon Dash by holding [RT] while moving. If you wish to perform a Photon Glide, simply hold or press A during a double jump.
The Phantasy Star series iconic, "Photon Blast," will also make a comeback. Just as in past games, you must fill the blast gauge during battle until it begins to glow. From here you can activate the attack by either selecting it within the sub-palette or by pressing its shortcut key.
Shigeki Nakanishi also demoed some more of the character creation aspects of PSO2: New Genesis.