You’ll be able to return to the ever evolving realm of Eorzea on the PlayStation 4 shortly, as Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn is set to expand to Sony’s next-gen super machine on 14th April. The company had already confirmed the aforementioned date for Japan and Europe, but now it’s official in North America, too.

Assuming that you’re already playing the game on the PlayStation 3, you’ll be able to switch to the enhanced version for free from 11th April. This will revoke your access to the current generation iteration, so you’ll need to stump up for a second copy if you still want to play on both formats. As a result of the transition, you’ll be rewarded with early access to the upgraded title.

But what’s better about the next-gen release? Well, in addition to boasting overhauled visuals – running in 1080p, of course – and Remote Play functionality, the port will also feature touchpad support for fiddly inventory management, as well as full compatibility with a mouse and keyboard if you prefer the PC control setup.

An open beta’s set to run between 22nd February and 3rd March, with a second test due right before launch, starting on 4th April. If you create a character during the latter phase, you’ll be able to import it into the full release. Are you itching to venture into this online world, or is the title’s attached subscription fee putting you off? Think things over in the comments section below.

[via blog.us.playstation.com]