Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn official PS4 launch dated April 2014

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn officially berths on PS4 in April 2014, but it's still marked to enter beta when the console launches in Japan on February 22. The news comes via the PlayStation Awards, where Square Enix's resurrected MMO picked up the "Special Award" - according to the publisher, the award was created this year to "recognize outstanding titles on the overall combination based on the following attributes: originality, buzz-worthiness, influence and performance."

Buzz-worthiness aside (far to one side), Square Enix also revealed that A Realm Reborn Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida will showcase the PS4 version in a live broadcast, set for December 14 at 4AM PT/7AM ET. The video will also showcase content from the major 'A Realm Awoken' 2.1 patch, which launches a few days later on December 17.
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FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN RECEIVES "SPECIAL AWARD" AT PLAYSTATION® AWARDS 2013
PlayStation® 4 Version Beta testing to start with the Japanese release of console; launch planned for April 2014
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 3, 2013) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, is pleased to announce that FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Ream Reborn™ received the "Special Award" at the 2013 PlayStation® Awards in Tokyo, Japan.

PlayStation® Awards, hosted by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia (SCEJA), is an event that recognizes hit titles released on the PlayStation platform. The "Special Award" was newly-created this year to recognize outstanding titles on the overall combination based on the following attributes: originality, buzz-worthiness, influence and performance. More details can be found on the Official PlayStation® "PlayStation® Awards 2013 site (Japanese): http://www.jp.playstation.com/ps-awards/.

Square Enix further announced that beta testing for the FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn PlayStation®4 system version will start the same day as the console's release date in Japan on February 22nd, 2014. The official service start date for the PlayStation®4 system version is scheduled for April 2014.

As part of the 11th installment of Producer Letter LIVE, Naoki Yoshida (producer/director) will demonstrate the new PlayStation®4 system version at 4:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Other featured highlights will include content from the major Patch 2.1 update, scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 17th: "The Wolves' Den," "Treasure Hunting," and "Daily Beast Tribe Quests."

Letter from the Producer LIVE Part 11 can be viewed here: http://sqex.to/UGQ.

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About FINAL FANTASY
Since the release of FINAL FANTASY in 1987, this unique RPG series continues to showcase the spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from users around the world. Titles of the series have so far achieved a cumulative shipment of over 100 million units worldwide.

About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 62 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

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