'Final Fantasy XIV' PS5 beta starts on April 13th

The 'Final Fantasy' MMO will come to its third generation of PlayStation consoles with 4K and improved performance.


More than ten years after its troubled PC and PS3 launch, Final Fantasy XIV is coming to yet another PlayStation console. During a reveal event Friday night, Square-Enix announced an open beta for PS5 will start April 13th. On the new system, the MMORPG will run in 4K resolution, and promises vastly improved performance. It’s already playable in backwards compatibility mode, but the new version will be fully optimized, and is playable at no extra cost for those already registered in the PS4 game.

The company also announced a new expansion pack for the game, Endwalker, which is set for release this fall with a new jobs, new areas, and a level cap that goes to 90. It’s also set to end the storyline that began when the game relaunched.

That’s right, the game’s first go-round went so poorly that Square Enix shut it down before relaunching Realm Reborn as version 2.0 and eventually transitioning to PS4. Now the game claims over 20 million players, and is coming to PlayStation 5 ready to take its quests to a new level.