Earlier today, SEGA held a livestream to announce several updates for Phantasy Star Online 2 in Japan. First, arriving 27 January, is Reborn: Episode 4. A new playable class, Summoner, will be added. This class is able to summon galactic pets which not only attacks, but also buff the player. There is one which does not attack, but gather enemies for players to deal conviniently deal AOE damage.
There are various pets of different rarity for Summoners to collect, and even merging of eggs for stronger pets, which almost seems like a mini-game itself. As with most major updates, there is a new planet introduced, and this time it is Earth! Yes, players will now travel to Earth, with the center stage being Japan in the year 2028. Awesome! There is a new type of enemy, “Phantom”, to be defeated.
Finally, the PlayStation 4 version of Phantasy Star Online 2 was announced by SEGA. Only available in Japan, it will enter Closed Beta in the 2nd half of February 2016. The game is free without the need to for a PlayStation Plus account, although having one will see players getting bonus gifts and also sync the account across all platforms. The only English server seems pretty quiet these days.