After literally being too popular after the release of the game’s Endwalker expansion, Final Fantasy 14 will go back on sale on January 25th.
In an update message from Naoki Yoshida, the game director of Final Fantasy 14 explained that Square Enix has decided “after careful consideration” to resume digital sales.
Sales for Final Fantasy 14 were suspended in December, following the overwhelming popularity of the game’s Endwalker expansion. At the time, Yoshida explained that due to the sheer number of people playing Endwalker, Square Enix had made the decision to temporarily stop selling Final Fantasy 14 to combat the long waits faced by players who already own the game.
However, in a lengthy new update, Yoshida explained that plans to resume digital sales of the game will come with the opening of a new Oceanian Data Center, which will add five new worlds and should mean “plenty of space.” for everyone in Oceania”. to be transferred”.
The data center launch will coincide with the restart of digital sales on January 25. According to Yoshida, this change will help players in the region “struggling with network latency issues”. In addition, Square Enix has also said it will provide additional incentives to those who do move to the new data center, such as waiving the transfer fee to implement the change.
Due to the addition of the new data center, Yoshida also confirmed that the developer would resume the game’s Home World Transfer service, which allows players to move to different worlds, on January 26. Yoshida says the change will take place the day after the Oceanian Data Center launch “to ensure a smooth and stable launch” and that while all players “who want to switch home worlds can do so,” there will be an exception. for “transfers to certain overloaded worlds”.
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To further combat the game’s overloaded servers, Square Enix also plans to expand its Japanese, European, and North American data centers. Japan will get its new data center in July 2022, which will add a fourth logical data center and increase the game’s capacity by 50,000. Meanwhile, Europe and North America are getting a two-phase server expansion, starting in July 2022 and August 2022, respectively.
Yoshida explained that hopefully these changes will allow the game’s servers to steadily return to normal levels. That said, the director did not rule out further suspension of digital sales in the future if “event servers continue to experience extreme congestion”.
To learn more about Final Fantasy 14, read this article that explains how Naoki Yoshida asked fans to be more friendly to developers when providing feedback.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.