Massively-multiplayer online game Final Fantasy 14 has become so popular, Square Enix decided the only way it can hope to cope is by suspending sales of the game.
As Eurogamer reports, the latest Endwalker expansion for the game has caused a huge surge in popularity to the point where there’s “ongoing congestion” and long wait times to play. In response, Square Enix initially offered active players who own the full game an extra seven days of game time, but that has now been extended to 14 days.
Naoki Yoshida, Producer and Director of the game, also revealed that sales of both the physical and digital versions of the game have been suspended temporarily, and the free trial disabled. Yoshida explained:
“PLAYERS ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING EXTREMELY LONG WAIT TIMES DUE TO THE DENSE CONCENTRATION OF PLAY HOURS WHICH FAR EXCEED OUR SERVER CAPACITY, ESPECIALLY DURING THE PEAK TIMES, AND SO WE HAVE DECIDED TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND THE SALE AND DELIVERY OF FINAL FANTASY XIV STARTER EDITION AND COMPLETE EDITION. ADDITIONALLY, ALTHOUGH THOSE WITH AN ACTIVE SUBSCRIPTION ARE PRIORITIZED TO LOG IN, FREE TRIAL PLAYERS ARE UNABLE TO LOG IN OUTSIDE OF LATE NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING HOURS, AND SO WE WILL ALSO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND NEW REGISTRATIONS FOR THE FREE TRIAL.”
The suspension is a gradual one, so copies of the game may still be on store shelves right now. Sales of expansion packs and collector’s edition digital upgrades will continue to be sold, however. Advertising is also becoming scaled back again to ensure that Square Enix can concentrate on catering to the players it currently offers without appealing to plenty of fresh types.
On Dec. 21, Patch 6.01 will be released for the video game to resolve the Error 2002 issue that occurs during login and outcomes in an volatile connection. Patch 6.05 is scheduled to launch on Jan still. year despite the development group currently trying to capture up with player demand 4 following. And mainly because for adding even more servers for the video game, Yoshida says they are attempting extremely hard, but it offers been produced by the pandemic impossible to get new server equipment so far. Obviously this is going to be a nagging problem that takes months to solve.