Square Enix will temporarily stop selling mmorpg Final Fantasy XIV because the servers can’t handle the number of players. Since the release of the Endwalker expansion about two weeks ago, the popularity of the game has skyrocketed.
“Players are currently experiencing very long wait times due to the high concentration of playing hours that far exceed our server capacity, especially during peak times,” Producer and director Naoki Yoshida writes.
Yosihda reports that Square Enix is working with download stores and retailers to pause Final Fantasy 14 sales. At the time of writing, the game is still for sale on Steam, but the game has disappeared from the PlayStation Store and buyers have been referred to a waiting list on the publisher’s website. It is not known how long the sales freeze will last.
It is also no longer possible to sign up for a free trial and users of this version now have lower priority in waiting lists. Furthermore, Square Enix says it will stop announcing the Endwalker expansion whenever possible. The publisher says nothing about expanding server capacity.
I came about two weeks ago Endwalker In Early Access and Final Fantasy, 14 players have been dealing with long waits ever since. The publisher has previously apologized for this and has given players who pay seven free playing days. This compensation is now extended to an additional 14 days, giving players a total of three weeks of free play. Compensation applies to all players who have the full version of the game with an active subscription on December 21.
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