In case you didn't already know, Final Fantasy XIV was removed from sale on digital storefronts — including the PlayStation Store — in December 2021, following the release of Endwalker, the MMO's latest expansion. Why? Well, it was because of sheer popularity. Endwalker was such a colossal hit that the game's servers simply couldn't handle it. Players were forced to sit in virtual queues for up to hours at a time in order to gain access, and those who were lucky enough to get in were sometimes hit with connection issues.
Things got so congested that Square Enix had to place restrictions on who could actually play Final Fantasy XIV. It had no choice but to prioritise existing players who had purchased Endwalker and were ready to jump straight into the expansion. In turn, newer players were denied access entirely — and this led to Square Enix removing Final Fantasy XIV from sale. Crazy!
Good news, though: Final Fantasy XIV will return to the PlayStation Store later this month, on the 25th January. What's more, the development team is expanding each of the game's regional data centres, which should help with any future congestion.
However, there's no guarantee that Final Fantasy XIV won't get completely and utterly swamped all over again, once the game is back on sale. If it comes to it, Square Enix will eventually have to re-remove the MMO — which, let's be honest, would be a truly ridiculous turn of events.
"Once again, I wish to apologize for the delays to server expansion caused by the global semiconductor shortage," writes director and producer Naoki Yoshida.
"Despite these hardships, however, we believe this server expansion is a significant step forward in providing players the best gaming experience possible in FFXIV. Work on bolstering the servers will continue well into 2023, expending a vast amount of financial resources and manpower, but we will do our utmost to ensure this endeavor has no negative impact on your ability to play, so we would appreciate your support while you continue on your adventures."
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