According to Engadget, new players will be able to purchase digital copies of Final Fantasy XIV starting January 25, the game’s director and producer, Naoki Yoshida announced in a post.
Square Enix will sell Final Fantasy XIV on January 25th
Square Enix stopped selling physical and digital versions of the game in mid-December last year, because it performed too well for what the company could handle at the time. People had to wait for hours during peak times to play, resulting in servers not being able to handle the huge amount of demand. In addition, the developer was also unable to add servers in time before the Endwalker expansion was released due to a global semiconductor shortage.
In his post, Yoshida explains the steps the company is taking to address game overload. For starters, Square Enix will bring the Oceanian Data Center online on January 25, and open up 5 new worlds from the get-go so everyone in Oceania can switch to and have a great experience. than. The world-switching service is currently suspended, but it will resume on January 26, and those who switch to the new Oceanian world will get it for free.
Yoshida has also revealed that Square Enix has been working on expanding data centers in Japan, Europe, and North America. The company explains that due to a global shortage of semiconductors, it takes some time to purchase the necessary components to get the server up and running. In fact, the company has to set up new data centers in phases, as they are still struggling to secure the necessary server equipment.
As for North America, the first phase of the expansion will take place around August 2022 and will see four new worlds go live. Phase two will be implemented in the summer of 2023 and will open 4 more worlds. For Japan, the developer plans to add 1 more data center to the 3 already available to reduce the number of worlds per center. The European expansion will also take place in two phases, the first of which is scheduled for July 2022 and will feature four new worlds. The second phase is that in the summer of 2023, Square Enix will set up a data center with 8 new worlds.
Yoshida wrote: “Once again, I would like to apologize for the delay in server expansion caused by the global semiconductor shortage. Square Enix will monitor the stability of the servers once resale of the game begins, and may restart the free trials if all goes well. However, in the event that servers continue to experience overload, developers may consider suspending digital sales again.”