SEGA has announced that Phantasy Star Online 2 will be releasing on PlayStation 4 in Japan during 2016.
The RPG is a direct sequel to the Dreamcast original but will instead be free-to-play rather than a monthly subscription.
Phantasy Star Online originally released for Dreamcast in 2000, followed by PC in 2001. Phantasy Star Online 2 is already available on PC since 2012 and PlayStation Vita since 2013 in Asia where it has been well received. Phantasy Star Online 2 currently boasts 3.5 million registered users across Asia.
It is still not confirmed whether Phantasy Star Online 2 will come to North America or Europe, even on PlayStation 4.
While the prospect of a western localization is still up in the air, the SEA release features English-language support. However, Asiasoft has implemented an IP block to prevent prospective players living outside the region from accessing the game’s servers. These restrictions were briefly lifted recently over connectivity issues, but were put back in place after the matter was resolved.