PS4 owners have a new Final Fantasy game to play. The MMORPG Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn has landed on Sony's new console in all territories.
A Realm Reborn is a revamped version of the MMO that launched on PC in 2010. Square Enix made numerous improvements to address fan complaints with the original FF14. For example, the user interface and world map were redesigned. The development team also added new player-versus-player activities and dynamic events.
Square Enix launched A Realm Reborn on PC and PS3 last August. If you purchased the PS3 version, you can upgrade to the PS4 edition at no additional cost. Your PS3 characters and Trophies will carry over into the new version. Check PlayStation.Blog for the step-by-step instructions on the process.
However, this migration is one way and permanent. You won't be able to play the PS3 edition anymore if you perform this migration. If you want to play both versions, you'll need to buy a separate PS4 copy of the game.
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn on PS4 features all the expected improvements. The game supports Remote Play so you can continue the adventure on your PS Vita. The DualShock 4 controller's Share Button lets you broadcast your gameplay footage while the touchpad gives you mouse-like precision. You can play with an actual mouse and keyboard as well if you're so inclined. The PS4 version also features 1080p visuals and more characters on screen.
Though the PS4 has a smaller user base than the PS3, don't expect a ghost town when you log into A Realm Reborn. PS4, PS3 and PC players can all play with each other. Cross-platform play is a rare feature these days and I'm glad Sony and Square Enix put the effort into making it happen.
If you're new to Final Fantasy 14, check out our review of the PC version from last fall. It should give you a good idea of whether the PS4 version is worth the $40 purchase.
The game's available in digital and boxed form on PS4. If you're buying it today, you might want to go digital. Physical copies of the game are currently experiencing problems.
"We have identified an issue wherein users are unable to register their FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn PlayStation®4 North American retail version product code on the PlayStation®Store," Square Enix says on the game's website. "We ask for your patience as we prepare further details regarding this issue."
Square Enix commemorated the launch of the PS4 version with a new launch trailer. The trailer shows an assortment of solo and group gameplay footage. It closes with a party fighting Leviathan, the sea serpent that manages to show up in nearly every Final Fantasy game.