After literally becoming too popular to handle following the release of the game’s Endwalker expansion, Final Fantasy 14 is slated to go back on sale on January 25th.
in a (n update post Final Fantasy 14 Game Director Naoki Yoshida stated that Square Enix made the decision “after careful consideration” to resume digital sales.
Sales of Final Fantasy 14 were suspended back in December after the game’s Endwalker expansion was overwhelmingly popular. At the time, Yoshida explained that due to the sheer volume of people playing Endwalker, Square Enix made the decision to temporarily halt sales of Final Fantasy 14 to try to combat the long wait times that players who already own the game are experiencing owned, faced.
However, in a lengthy new update, Yoshida explained that plans to resume digital sales for the game will coincide with the opening of a new oceanic data center that will add five new worlds and should mean there’s “more than enough space for everyone in Oceania.” gives to transfer”.
The data center launch coincides with the restart of digital sales on January 25. According to Yoshida, this change will help gamers in the region “struggling with network latency issues.” In addition, Square Enix has announced that it will offer additional incentives to those who make the move to the new data center, such as: B. Waiving the transfer fee for switching.
Due to the addition of the new data center, Yoshida also confirmed that the developer will resume the game’s Home World Transfer service, which allows players to transfer to other worlds, on January 26th. Yoshida says the change will take place the day after the launch of the Oceanic Data Center “to ensure a smooth and stable launch” and that while all players “who wish to switch homeworlds can do so,” there will be an exception for ” Transfers to certain congested worlds”.
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To further combat the game’s overloaded servers, Square Enix also plans to expand its data centers in Japan, Europe, and North America. Japan will get its new data center in July 2022, adding a fourth logical data center and increasing the game’s capacity by 50,000. Meanwhile, Europe and North America will receive a two-phase server expansion, starting in July 2022 and August 2022, respectively.
Yoshida explained that hopefully these changes will allow the game’s servers to steadily return to normal levels. That being said, the director didn’t rule out further suspending digital sales in the future if “event servers continue to be extremely overloaded.”
For more information on Final Fantasy 14, check out this article detailing how Naoki Yoshida urged fans to be kinder to the developers when providing feedback.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. you can follow him Twitter.