Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's PlayStation 4 beta will launch alongside the Japanese PS4 this February.
Many gamers face a difficult choice when a new console generation arrives: When a title you're interested in launches, which gen do you get it for? Do you stick with the current-gen release, ever-familiar but rough around the edges? Or do you take a chance on the next-gen edition, boasting enhanced visuals, but requiring an expensive new system to play? Thankfully, Square Enix is making the decision a little easier for the upcoming PS4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Tucked inside the announcement that FFXIV's Japanese PS4 beta will begin on February 22, 2014, Square Enix revealed that PS3 players don't need to repurchase the game for PS4; they'll merely need to activate a character transfer and pick up where right they left off.
Unlike some multi-generational releases, Final Fantasy XIV doesn't have many differences between its alternate versions. Director Naoki Yoshida already assured fans that all content is identical across platforms, as opposed to sweetening the transition to next-gen with PS4 exclusives. That means players transferring between versions should be able to do so painlessly, a great benefit for players who didn't want to wait for the PS4 release date.
Speaking of release dates, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's PS4 beta starts on February 22, which coincides with Japan's PS4 launch. Players will presumably be able to begin PS3-to-PS4 character transfers at that time, but if not, at least the PS3 version will still be enough for anyone seeking their Chocobo fix.