Final Fantasy 14 is at the moment having a second within the highlight, because of each the upcoming growth Endwalker and a surge of big-name streamers choosing up the MMO. Even although the sport is technically in a little bit of a content material drought whereas adventurers put together to go to the moon, the servers are packed. It’s sufficient of an issue that producer and director Naoki Yoshida revealed on Tuesday a note about server congestion, together with options like a timer that boots AFK gamers from the sport after 30 minutes.

“Recently, we have experienced record user numbers in all regions, with a vast amount of new players beginning their adventures,” Yoshida mentioned. “In particular, the increase in NA- and EU-region players over the past two weeks has been both so staggering and unexpected that many players are now having difficulty logging in or creating new characters due to server congestion, and for this we deeply apologize.”

Luckily, there’s backup on the way in which. The North American information facilities that help the sport had been lately upgraded, which allowed Square Enix to boost the utmost variety of simultaneous logins by 18,000, or 750 per World server. The same improve is deliberate for the European information facilities “in the immediate future,” and Square Enix is working to optimize current servers to the perfect of their skill, mentioned Yoshida.

Even with these enhancements, North American world servers “experienced periods of six to seven hours at maximum login capacity” final weekend, Yoshida mentioned. “As a result, character creation was unavailable for long periods of time, and players faced average login wait times of 10-20 minutes. For players residing on Worlds in the European data center, weekend login wait times were as high as 40 minutes.”

In an effort to alleviate the queues, Yoshida politely requested gamers to sign off in the event that they intend to be idle, so new gamers can get in and make their brand-new characters. In addition, the auto-logout function, which boots gamers after an prolonged interval of inactivity, is returning. It normally exhibits up when a brand new growth launches, however the demand is so excessive proper now that Square Enix is rolling it out early.

It’s comprehensible that Final Fantasy 14 is struggling under the demand; the sport has drawn a variety of consideration and eyeballs. Square Enix remains to be engaged on the logistics of assembly the demand, particularly with COVID security considerations limiting journey. However, it’s all the time very cool to see an older sport come roaring again into the highlight. Personally, I’m excited to return to the sport this weekend to provide my Roegadyn Marauder a spin and prepare for a voyage to the moon.