Final Fantasy PS3 players can rejoice and breathe easier. Square Enix has officially confirmed that PS3 owners of the MMO “Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn” will be able to transfer to the PlayStation 4 version for free. According to Square Enix, all characters will have the ability to be moved between the two versions.
The beta of the PS4 version will begin on February 22, 2014. Sony also announced today that this will be the same date as when the PS4 console launches in Japan. (About four months after the console launches in North America and Europe.)
“Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn” takes place in the fictional land of Eorzea, five years after the events of the original release. At the conclusion of Final Fantasy XIV, the primal dragon Bahamut escapes from its prison inside an artificial moon to initiate the Seventh Umbral Era, an apocalyptic event which destroys much of Eorzea. Through the gods’ blessing, the player character escapes the devastation by time traveling five years into the future. As Eorzea recovers and rebuilds, the player must deal with the impending threat of invasion by the Garlean Empire from the north.