Today during the Final Fantasy 14 Fan Festival event where the second expansion for the MMO was announced, Square Enix also revealed that the developer will stop supporting the PlayStation 3 version of the game.
Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida announced that the publisher will be launching a special upgrade campaign, allowing players still enjoying the PlayStation 3 version of the game to upgrade to the PS4 version for free. Players will, of course, still need to purchase a PlayStation 4, but they will not need to pay for the game again.
This was announced alongside news that the minimum PC specs for Final Fantasy 14 will be tweaked higher with the launch of Stormblood. Yoshida said the game will no longer support some very old hardware that it has worked with up to now. He also suggested that any players still stuck on a 32-bit operating system should seriously consider upgrading to 64 bit, though he promised they will try to support both.
Yoshida offered thanks to PlayStation 3 players, saying that the game could not have succeeded without them. Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood is planned for release in early summer of 2017.