Due to Endwalker’s ongoing congestion issues, Square Enix temporarily suspended sales of Final Fantasy XIV.
The company also provides additional free game time for players who own or subscribe to the game, adding 14 days to the 7 days announced last week.This news comes from Final Fantasy 14 Lodestone Blog Post It was produced by director and producer Naoki Yoshida yesterday. Yoshida initially issued a warning of expected Endwalker congestion in November. As predicted, the server was immediately full, and some players were waiting in line for more than 5,000 people.
However, considering that the MMO added 1 million new players before the release of Endwalker, this is not surprising.
“We apologize for the congestion that has been occurring since Early Access and the official release of Endwalker,” Yoshida wrote in a blog post. “It’s been nearly two weeks since Early Access. Players are still experiencing serious congestion when logging into the game. As we will release new content in the upcoming patch, I want to provide you with some information about how we solve these problems. Update of the plan.”
Anyone who owns FFXIV and has a valid subscription before December 21 (that is, patch 6.01 is about to be released) is eligible for 14 days of free game time. Yoshida also stated that “because the intensity of game time far exceeds our server capacity, especially during peak hours,” sales and delivery of the entry and full versions of Final Fantasy 14 have been temporarily suspended.
“In addition, although there are active subscribers who log in first, free trial players cannot log in outside of late night and early morning, so we will temporarily stop new registrations for free trials,” Yoshida wrote. “As we work with our retail partners, these temporary suspensions will be gradually implemented in the next few days.”
FFXIV’s ads are currently suspended, but Yoshida pointed out that due to the nature of its settings, some ads cannot be suspended. However, expansion packs and collector’s edition digital upgrades will continue to be sold for existing players.
The director also confirmed again that if everything goes according to plan, patch 6.05, also known as Pandaemonium: Asphodelos (Savage), will still be released on January 4, 2022.
“We know that there are concerns about the world’s No. 1 game and the progress of the first week, but the 6.05 patch will add many new elements, such as the addition of a new Allago tombstone, a new crafting recipe, and a new treasure hunt dungeon, Excitatron 600 ,” Yoshida said.
Elsewhere in the blog post, Yoshida stated that Square Enix hopes to develop a roadmap for its plans for a new logical data center and a world of additional servers sometime in January.
While waiting for FFXIV to line up, watch the latest Endwalker trailer, and then read information on how to get the “eating pizza” emoji.
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