PSO2 NGS: Waker

PSO2: NGS’ developer recently announced that a new class, called Waker, which is very similar to the Summoner class, will be added to the game in August 2022.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (PSO2: NGS) is an adventurous video game that combines role-playing elements with strategic battles. As the game’s name suggests, it is a version of the classic video game, Phantasy Star Online 2.

Since NGS was released a decade after its predecessor, it differs from the original game significantly in terms of graphics, gameplay, and content. This game is set in the fictitious world of Halpha, a thousand years after the events of Oracle.

Before you can explore the realm, you have to create and customise a character. The game currently features 6 unique classes that players can choose from. However, the game’s developer, Sega, recently introduced a new class into the game called Waker.

What are the classes?

While creating a character, you get the opportunity to pick a class, but you will be able to change your class as you progress in the game. Players can choose to become a Hunter, Fighter, Ranger, Gunner, Force, or a Teacher.

Since its launch, 2 additional classes, Braver and Bouncer, have been added to the game’s selection.

It is worth noting that every class has a variety of skills that they can use on the battlefield, and each class can only wield specific weapons. Once you have met certain requirements, you will be able to select a sub-class, after which you are allowed to use any weapon from that class.

PSO2 NGS: Waker

Sega occasionally introduces new content, activities, and features to the game to keep players interested and engaged. They recently announced that a new class called the Waker, will be added to the game in August 2022.

PSO2 NGS: Waker
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While the Waker shares similarities with the PSO2 Summoner’s class, there are some differences that make it very unique.

Wakers will supposedly use the same weapon as the Summoner: The Harmonizer, however, they will not have a pet companion. Instead, players can enjoy co-op battles while they summon a photon life form called a Familiar.

Apparently, the gameplay is completely different from that of the Summoner, since you will be able to summon varying corresponding Familiars to attack or defend when the character uses photon arts or weapon actions.

The new class has numerous advantages, but what stands out the most is that it is able to handle both close and long-range combat using the 3 types of Familiars. Wakers have a skill that allows Familiars to attack in coordination with each other to generate an ultimate skill.

There is no need to feed or raise the Familiars in the game, however, you can improve their strength by levelling them up and enhancing your equipment.

Sega will allegedly release additional information about the new class in the near future.

Can players use their PSO2 pets in PSO2 NGS?

It is crucial to remember that players cannot use their PSO2 pets in PSO2: NGS. However, Sega is planning a campaign for after the Waker release where players can get an NGS Mag form that has the same appearance as your PSO2 pet if its level is 80 or higher.

Pets that have already been raised are automatically eligible for this campaign.

Will players be able to test the Waker class before it releases?

Playtest of the new Waker class will reportedly be available on 17 July 2022, during the ARKS EXPO of 2022. It is the first offline event in 3 years, and it will take place at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.

Even though admission to the event is free, gamers have to pre-register to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to trying out the Waker class, gamers in attendance can check out the Original Dalk Falz Nebuta, created by traditional Nebuta artisans from the Aomori Nebuta Festival. Gamers can also view the display of the 10th Anniversary Mosaic project, which will be displayed.

The Harmonizer

As stated before, the Waker class will use the same weapon as PSO2’s Summoner class: The Harmonizer – a retractable wand that can be used to control Pets and Familiars.

In PSO2, Harmonizers have practically zero offensive value, as their only purpose is to enable players to command pets that can be bound to this weapon.

It is unclear whether this principle applies to the Harmonizer in PSO2 NGS, as Sega has yet to reveal any additional information.

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