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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 beta announced

Players will be able to switch over from the PS3 version for free

Beta tests for the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will begin on the console's Japanese launch day, February 22, 2014, Square Enix has announced.

Square Enix has also confirmed that owners of the PlayStation 3 version of the game will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 version for free, and will also be able to carry over their existing character data and continue playing on the new platform at no extra cost.

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Finally, Square Enix assures those currently playing the game that "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."

A Realm Reborn is a redesigned and redeveloped version of the original, much criticised Final Fantasy XIV. Monthly subscriptions start at £7.69 / €10.99.

The title launched on PC and PS3 in August, but due to overwhelming demand numerous PS3 users complained of being unable to log in. This resulted in the publisher halting digital sales as it attempted to expand server capacity to accommodate the number of people wanting to play.

Eventually, Sony confirmed that all customers who purchased a digital PlayStation Network version of A Realm Reborn were to be given a full refund.

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