If you’re a Final Fantasy XIV fan, you’ll little doubt remember the MMORPG is experiencing a pretty hefty surge of popularity in the meanwhile, which has led to hiccups like server congestion. Square Enix has been busy rolling out options to help sort out the problem, corresponding to an automatic logout for idle gamers and it’s additionally outlined plans for server upgrades and more data centres. Now, the MMO’s director has introduced SE is testing out elevated login caps on EU servers, too.

“We have determined that by rotating some of the high-spec machines that comprise the European data centres into a new configuration and optimising our equipment accordingly, we will be able to increase the cap on simultaneous logins by roughly 500 characters per World server (for an increase of 6,000 across all EU data centres) for the time being,” director Naoki Yoshida says. To roll this out, he explains, the studio’s going to be taking EU knowledge centres offline for emergency upkeep for about 4 hours right now (July 22).

Following this, the studio’s going to be monitoring how issues fare very intently to think about whether or not it might proceed to improve this cover even additional whereas nonetheless sustaining the steadiness of servers.

What’s pretty to see famous within the put up is that the studio has seen a load of examples of gamers attempting to help ease server congestion themselves by way of their actions. For instance, followers saying they’ll chorus from dancing in Limsa for a bit or keep away from hopping in whereas they eat.

Reflecting on his expertise of and appreciation for MMOs, the dev says that he “know[s] how watching other players bustle past during mealtimes physically and mentally prepares you for challenging dungeons later, and how a spontaneous dance performance can brighten everyone’s day”. So, whereas he explains that he “deeply appreciate[s]” gamers being so thoughtful, the extra light-hearted or informal actions corresponding to these are nonetheless an necessary a part of the sport, and so individuals don’t want to “show so much restraint that you stop having fun!” Awh.

Yoshida additionally notes that the studio’s conscious the brand new automated idle logout function is inflicting some hiccups round fishing – “catching the elusive ‘big fish’, particularly – and asks for persistence because the crew works out how to deal with this.

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