Square Enix has put out a press release updating Sony fans on their plans for the next gen version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The MMO—which launched recently and is only now leaving its launch growing pains by the wayside—is a cross platform effort, allowing both PC and PS3 subscribers to play together. The PS4 version of the MMO was announced earlier, and now Squenix has revealed that the beta for the PS4 version will be playable on the PS4 on the same days as the launch of the PS4 in Japan, February 22
, 2014. This beta will be free to all FFXIV subscribers currently playing the PS3 edition. The best news of all, however, is the announcement that PS4 version of FFXIV will be FREE for PS3 FXIV players migrating to a PS4, and that existing PS3 account information will transfer over so players can pick up right where they left off.
The full press release is below:
FINAL FANTASY XIV PLAYSTATION® 4 BETA ANNOUNCED
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Coming to PlayStation® 4
LONDON (9th September, 2013) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products, today announced that the opening of beta tests on the PlayStation® 4 version of FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn from Saturday the 22nd of February 2014 and a free service that will allow players to switch from playing the game on the PlayStation® 3 to the PlayStation® 4
Square Enix Co.,Ltd (Based in Shinjuku ward Tokyo, CEO: Yusuke Matsuda,) today announced the date for the start of beta tests on the PlayStation® 4 (PS4) version of FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn (FFXIV: ARR).
Beta testing will commence on the PS4 version of FFXIV: ARR, on Saturday the 22nd of February 2014.
The FFXIV: ARR game service is now live on Windows PC and the PlayStation® 3 (PS3), and a PS4 version is currently in development. Essential work to increase the number of servers and strengthen the service environment, with the aim of alleviating the crowding on existing servers is also in progress.
Furthermore, those who are currently playing the PS3 version of FFXIV: ARR will not have to re-buy the game on PS4 and will be able to transition to playing on PS4 at no additional cost. They will even be able to carry over their character data and continue playing on the new platform.
Further information on the PS4 beta tests and the PS4 version transition service will be released soon and we hope everyone will have a great experience with FFXIV: ARR.
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Since the release of FINAL FANTASY in 1987, this unique RPG series continues to showcase the spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from users around the world. Titles of the series have so far achieved a cumulative shipment of over 100 million units worldwide.
About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business unit, develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 62 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
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