Faced with server congestion and the highly anticipated launch of the Endwalker expansion, Square Enix had no choice but to temporarily suspend the sale of Final Fantasy XIV, in order to avoid an even larger influx of old and new players. This situation should normally end on the morning of January 25, as producer Naoki Yoshida explains in a new post to the community.
Indeed, even if the problems of access to the servers resume, this decision remains reversible. Likewise, the free trial period, which guarantees access to the base game and its first expansion, will continue after verifying the stability of the server for a certain period of time.
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On the server side, we note that a data center for Oceania will open on January 25, to add five new entry doors – transfer fees will be removed for players in the region to encourage them to migrate . As a result, the transfer service will resume worldwide, allowing players to move to another world starting January 26. On the other hand, it will be necessary to wait for a later update to transit from one data center and from one region of the globe to another.
Unfortunately, due to shortage of components, the arrival of new data centers for the main regions of the game may take some time: Japan will receive a new data center in July 2022, the North America will benefit from an expansion of servers in two phases from August 2022, while Europe will also benefit from a major two-phase server expansion starting July 2022.
“Once again, I would like to apologize for the delays in server expansion caused by the global semiconductor shortage. The need for communities to come apart due to the clustering of worlds is another drawback that can may be unavoidable for some players, and we ask for your understanding as we work to alleviate this problem, ”concludes Yoshida.
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