Square Enix Resells Final Fantasy XIV Starting January 25

Here's a screenshot of Endwalker with a dragon in the background.

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Final Fantasy XIV is so popular that Square Enix stopped selling the game last December. The servers had too much capacity, which caused long wait times and affected the experience. Producer Naoki Yoshida says digital versions of the game will be on sale again from January 25, thanks to improved data centers.

This news was amid the details Yoshida announced in his latest Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker road map.

“Since its official launch on December 7 last year, endwalker has experienced extreme congestion, which is causing a lot of frustration for our players,” Yoshida wrote. “The job of rebalancing jobs also remains and we will continue to work on these and other adjustments.”

“While certain worlds still experience congestion at peak times, our plan to address the issue fundamentally is starting to take shape, and I’d like to share the roadmap with you.”

Here are the major takeaways:

  • Digital sales will resume on January 25 at 5:00 PM (JST). “However, in the event that servers continue to experience extreme congestion, we may consider suspending digital sales again,” explains Yoshida. “We are aware that certain worlds experience high server traffic during peak times, and while some may consider this decision to resume sales premature, we ask for your understanding on this matter.”
  • The Japanese data centers are being expanded. When A reborn realm was released in 2013, there were three logical data centers for 32 Worlds. The number of logical data centers is expanded to four; however, the number of worlds remains the same. The added logical data center means that the servers can handle concurrent logins for all worlds with an increased number of 50,000 or more. According to Yoshida, “So from a long-term perspective, we want to add another logical data center and reduce the volume of Worlds per logical data center, significantly increasing the maximum number of concurrent logins possible by several thousand per world.”
  • A two-phase server expansion is planned for North America, with the first phase taking effect in August 2022 and the second rolling out the following spring or summer. In the first phase, one new logical data center will be added, including four new worlds. “In the second phase of the expansion, we plan to add four more new worlds under the newly established logic DC, resulting in a four logic DC configuration of 8:8:8:8.” Square Enix is ​​considering another, even bigger upgrade for Patch 7.0. If these plans become reality, more details will be announced.
  • A similar two-phase server expansion is also planned for Europe. The first phase is planned for July 2022 and the second is planned for next summer.
  • Oceania data center opens Jan. 25 (JST), which is two weeks ahead of schedule, and five new worlds will be available.
  • The currently suspended Home World Transfer Service will return on Wednesday, January 26 (JST). “In addition, upon resumption, the Home World Transfer Service will be available to all players in all data centers, not just those transferring to the Oceanian Data Center,” explains Yoshida. “Those who want to switch home worlds can do so, with the exception of transfers to certain congested worlds.”
  • The Data Center Travel System is planned for the 6.1x patch. This allows players to visit other worlds in logical data centers that are located in the same physical data center. However, players will not be able to visit Worlds in different regions or physical data centers. The Data Center Travel System does have more limitations than the World Visit System. According to Yoshida, “While travel between regions is technically possible, implementation is still under consideration.”

Yoshida again apologized for the delays and asked for everyone’s understanding.

“Despite these rigors, however, we believe this server expansion is an important step forward in providing players with the best possible gaming experience in FFXIV,” Yoshida wrote.

“Work on strengthening the servers will continue well into 2023, using a huge amount of financial resources and manpower, but we will do our very best to ensure that this endeavor does not negatively impact your playing ability, so we would appreciate your support as you go on with your adventures.”

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