As we approach the release of FINAL FANTASY XIV‘s next expansion, PlayStation 3 users count the days until the game becomes completely unavailable on the console. Due to the last generation’s technical limitations, the end of PlayStation 3 support for FINAL FANTASY XIV is a move many players have been asking for as it holds back the potential of updates.
With that in mind, Square Enix has decided to allow PlayStation 3 owners to say their goodbyes in style. From May 1 until June 15, those who have FINAL FANTASY XIV for the PlayStation 3 will be able to log in free of charge. Additionally, on May 1 it will no longer be possible to purchase game time or retainer services for the PlayStation 3 version of FFXIV. And finally, those who own the MMORPG on the last generation console will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 version for free.
Those wishing to upgrade can do so until December 31, 2017, through the Mog Station. It isn’t required to purchase a copy of FINAL FANTASY XIV for the PlayStation 4 in order to upgrade from the PlayStation 3. Furthermore, those whose service accounts are inactive by the time of the upgrade will be granted fourteen days of free game time. Needless to say, the upgrade process cannot be reverted. Once completed, upgraded users will need a PlayStation 4 to continue playing FINAL FANTASY XIV and will no longer be able to access their accounts on the PlayStation 3.
Developed and published by Square Enix, FINAL FANTASY XIV is one of the most relevant MMORPGs of its generation. It was first released in 2010 to a negative reception due to its unfinished state and questionable choices, such as a server-side UI. Upon taking charge, producer and director Naoki Yoshida proposed a complete overhaul of the game while the team provided updates to improve the existing product. The new version branded A Realm Reborn, first launched in 2013, runs on a new engine and has many improvements that set it apart from the first version.
Fans now get ready for Stormblood, the second expansion which will be officially released on June 20 for the PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Mac.