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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn beta hits Feb. 22 on PS4 (update)

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn beta will launch in Japan on Feb. 22, 2014 for PlayStation 4 alongside the console's release in the region, it was announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's Press Conference 2013 today.

Sony revealed that PlayStation 3 users can switch to the game's PlayStation 4 version for free. In June, producer and director Naoki Yoshida revealed the game's 2014 PlayStation 4 launch window and that it will allow players to transfer data from the PlayStation 3.

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn launched worldwide on Aug. 27 for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Following the game's rocky launch, European consumers who purchased the game through the PlayStation Network last week will receive full refunds.

Yoshida told Polygon at PAX Prime 2013 that the game faced a shaky beginning with full servers due to "conservative estimates" on how many players would adopt the game at launch, saying they "thought people would be wary of that first launch and wait and see what the reaction was before coming in."

Update: The Feb. 22 date for the availability of the beta on PS4 applies in North America as well as in Japan, according to a press release from Square Enix.