Monday, January 17

‘Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker’ has a serious queuing and waiting problem, so serious that they have decided to stop selling the game

If there is an MMO that is experiencing its particular golden age right now it is’Final Fantasy XIV‘, the Square Enix title. The game is a success and the launch of ‘Endwalker’, its new expansion, has made it break records. And unsurprisingly in a massively multiplayer game that receives a barrage of players on its servers, queues to access have become unsustainable.

As explained from 3D PC Games, the average queues arrive at the two or three hours of waiting, something that reminds in some way to the first days of ‘New World’. How to solve this problem? From Square Enix they have opted for the most blunt solution: stop selling the game, at least temporarily.

Do not buy the game, please

Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of ‘Final Fantasy XIV’, has published a release on the game’s website where the regrets the server congestion since the launch of ‘Endwalker’ (and the two weeks of previous access) and has announced the action that they will take from Square Enix.

The most blunt is suspend sales of physical and digital editions of the game. According to the statement:

“We have decided to temporarily suspend the sale and delivery of ‘Final Fantasy XIV Starter Edition’ and ‘Complete Edition’. Also, although those with an active subscription have priority to connect, free trial players cannot connect outside hours. night and early morning, so we will also temporarily suspend new registrations for the free trial. “

These suspensions, they explain from the company, will take place in the next few days while they work with their business partners. The PC game cannot currently be purchased from the Square Enix store, although the PlayStation store and Steam do support purchase, at least for now. In-game announcements will also be suspended.

On the Square Enix website it is not possible to buy the game temporarily.

On the other hand, and as compensation, Square Enix gave seven days of play to users (‘FF XIV’ is like ‘WoW’, subscription), but now will also grant an additional 14 days of play. This compensation will apply to all players who have a full version of the game and an active subscription as of Tuesday, December 21.

Another problem the company faces, he says, is the difficulty adding new servers. According to Square Enix, “due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not been able to increase servers due to the suspension of semiconductor production in factories, decreased production quantities and a shortage of raw materials. “. They claim to be investing more money than usual, but the shortage continues to take its toll.

So, and having seen what has been seen, we will have to wait to continue playing the Square Enix MMO. It is a game that has worked really well and that, only on Steam, has come to have peaks of 95,150 simultaneous players in the last 11 days.