Until today, only PlayStation Plus subscribers could take advantage of the free trial on PS4 and PS3 of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The restriction has now been lifted, and even those that don’t have PlayStation’s premium online service can have fun in the lovely and perilious lands of Eorzea.
Purchasing the game after the free trial will allow you to keep any progression accumulated on your characters.
Considering that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is definitely one of the best (and quite a few consider it the best, me included) MMORPGs on the market at the moment, I can think of quite a few worse ways to spend the Holidays than exploring Eorzea and getting to know FFXIV‘s great lore and storyline.
To invite players to try it out, Square Enix also released a festive trailer, that might get you in the mood to come and celebrate in the streets of Ul’dah.
As a final treat, a dedicated PS4 theme is available on the Japanese PlayStation Store. You’ll need a Japanese account to get it, but it’ll work with any account once installed.
Once you’re logged in with your Japanese account, you can go to Settings -> Themes and select “Find on PlayStation Store” to download it. Alternatively, you can find it here (you won’t see it if you’re logged into a non-Japanese account).