Despite this, many Final Fantasy players experienced many problems from long queue times and login issues that prevented them from playing the expansion. Now, it appears that the servers are welcoming new players with the expansion returning for digital sales.
Endwalker to return to digital storefronts
Detailed in a blog post on 14th January 2022, Naoki Yoshida outlined plans for the future of Final Fantasy XIV Online. While he acknowledged the growing frustrations players experienced since the release of the Endwalker expansion, he details plans to alleviate the issue.
One of these plans which will address the future of Final Fantasy XIV Online is “resuming digital sales” for the Endwalker expansion. The expansion will be made available on 25th January 2022 at 5 pm JST / 8 am GMT, with Square Enix planning to reopen registration for the free trial to monitor “server stability”.
According to Yoshida, the decision to bring Endwalker back on the market was multiple factors. The publisher will be launching the Oceanian Data Center, which will alleviate server issues, allowing new players to join the server.
The Japanese publisher hopes to provide a stable environment for veterans and new players with the data centre launch. The data centre will coincide with Endwalker’s re-release on 25th January 2022 at 5 pm JST / 8 am GMT.
Furthermore, Square Enix has made plans to expand their Japanese, North American and European Data Centers to help remedy server congestion and instability when Endwalker is back on sale. Yoshida detailed that while resuming digital sales for the Endwalker expansion will be well-received by the Final Fantasy community; they are a few contingencies in place should problems arise.
“However, in the event servers continue to experience extreme levels of congestion, we may consider suspending digital sales again. We are aware that certain Worlds are experiencing high server traffic at peak times, and while some may consider this decision to resume sales to be premature, we ask for your understanding in this matter,” Yoshida wrote.
Yoshida concluded by regrettably apologising to the community for removing the game from digital stores and the vast server problems players experienced due to the semiconductor shortages. “The necessity for communities to separate due to the regrouping of Worlds is another inconvenience that may prove unavoidable for some players, and we ask for your understanding as we work to alleviate this issue.”
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