Again in December, Remaining Fantasy XIV On-line‘s newest enlargement, Endwalker, was launched. Within the hours, days, and weeks following that launch, Remaining Fantasy XIV‘s servers had been crushed by a flood of gamers making an attempt to log in and play. With many gamers dealing with hours-long queues to even simply get into the sport, Sq. Enix made a wild determination: it briefly paused Remaining Fantasy XIV gross sales to stop much more new gamers from additional crippling the servers. Quick ahead a few month later, and we lastly have a date for when Remaining Fantasy XIV gross sales will open up once more.
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Remaining Fantasy XIV On-line gross sales resume this month
In a prolonged submit to The Lodestone, Sq. Enix’s web site for every part associated to Remaining Fantasy XIV, recreation producer and director Naoki Yoshida made quite a lot of bulletins. The largest reveal is that digital gross sales of Remaining 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 might be getting all 5 on day one.
Since these are new Worlds, Yoshida says that Sq. Enix will waive the switch price for these servers, that means that character transfers to these new Worlds might 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 Dwelling World transfers return, they’ll be out there to all gamers in all information facilities, which is large information, although Sq. Enix may restrict transfers to Worlds which are already full.
European, Japanese, and North American server expansions
Alongside all of those bulletins, Yoshida additionally shared information 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.
As an illustration, round July 2022, Sq. Enix says that it’s going to improve the variety of logical Japanese information facilities from three to 4 whereas conserving the variety of Worlds the identical at 32. With this variation, Yoshida’s submit says “general potential simultaneous logins encompassing all Worlds” will improve 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 information middle with 4 new Worlds, after which in summer season 2023, that information middle will get an extra 4 Worlds. Even additional out, Sq. Enix is “contemplating” one other main improve across the time the subsequent enlargement launches, however provided that Endwalker is just about 5 weeks outdated, we’re nonetheless a good distance from that.
The European enlargement will equally play out in two phases, however with completely different actions taken. In July 2022, Sq. Enix anticipates including 4 new Worlds cut up evenly throughout the 2 present logical information facilities within the European area. Then, in summer season 2023, one other logical information middle with eight new Worlds might 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 limit the sale of Remaining Fantasy XIV sooner or later. Yoshida additionally ends his weblog submit teasing just a few bulletins for the top of February, so we’ll hold our eyes peeled for extra particulars about these.