Again in December, Closing Fantasy XIV On-line‘s newest enlargement, Endwalker, was launched. Within the hours, days, and weeks following that launch, Closing Fantasy XIV‘s servers had been crushed by a flood of gamers attempting to log in and play. With many gamers going through hours-long queues to even simply get into the sport, Sq. Enix made a wild resolution: it briefly paused Closing Fantasy XIV gross sales to stop much more new gamers from additional crippling the servers. Quick ahead a couple of month later, and we lastly have a date for when Closing Fantasy XIV gross sales will open up once more.
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Closing Fantasy XIV On-line gross sales resume this month
In a prolonged publish to The Lodestone, Sq. Enix’s web site for every part associated to Closing Fantasy XIV, sport producer and director Naoki Yoshida made a lot of bulletins. The most important reveal is that digital gross sales of Closing Fantasy XIV will resume on Tuesday, January twenty fifth, 2022 at 3:00 AM EST/5:00 PM JST.
The resumption of digital gross sales coincides with the launch of the Oceanian Information Heart. Whereas we don’t have a exact time for the rollout of the Oceanian Information Heart, Yoshida says will probably be taking place on the identical day. Even higher is the information that the Oceanian Information Heart will launch 5 Worlds for gamers to select from. Initially, the plan was to launch with simply three Worlds after which ship the opposite two dwell at a later date, however now the Oceanian Information Heart shall be getting all 5 on day one.
Since these are new Worlds, Yoshida says that Sq. Enix will waive the switch payment for these servers, that means that character transfers to these new Worlds shall be free. Talking of server transfers, these have been off for fairly a while as effectively, and so they’ll be coming again on Wednesday, January twenty sixth. When Residence World transfers return, they’ll be accessible to all gamers in all knowledge facilities, which is massive information, although Sq. Enix may restrict transfers to Worlds which can be already full.
European, Japanese, and North American server expansions
Alongside all of those bulletins, Yoshida additionally shared knowledge on upcoming expansions for the North American, European, and Japanese Information Facilities. These expansions will all begin later within the 12 months and may permit extra gamers to log into every Information Heart with much less congestion in particular person Worlds.
For example, round July 2022, Sq. Enix says that it’s going to improve the variety of logical Japanese knowledge facilities from three to 4 whereas preserving the variety of Worlds the identical at 32. With this alteration, Yoshida’s publish says “total doable simultaneous logins encompassing all Worlds” will enhance by “50,000 or extra.”
North America’s Information Heart enlargement will occur in two phases. First, in August 2022, Yodhisa says that North America will get one new logical knowledge middle with 4 new Worlds, after which in summer season 2023, that knowledge middle will get a further 4 Worlds. Even additional out, Sq. Enix is “contemplating” one other main improve across the time the following enlargement launches, however on condition that Endwalker is simply about 5 weeks previous, we’re nonetheless a good distance from that.
The European enlargement will equally play out in two phases, however with totally different actions taken. In July 2022, Sq. Enix anticipates including 4 new Worlds cut up evenly throughout the 2 present logical knowledge facilities within the European area. Then, in summer season 2023, one other logical knowledge middle with eight new Worlds shall be added. It appears the continuing semiconductor scarcity is impacting these enlargement plans, as Yoshida says that’s behind the choice to unfold these expansions out over two phases.
Whereas Sq. Enix appears to be assured that the capability points will die down sufficient with the launch of the Oceanian Information Heart, Yoshida does say that the corporate should still limit the sale of Closing Fantasy XIV sooner or later. Yoshida additionally ends his weblog publish teasing just a few bulletins for the tip of February, so we’ll maintain our eyes peeled for extra particulars about these.