FF14 MMO players will have time off after server outages

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Popular MMORPGs Final Fantasy XIV launched its latest expansion on Friday. Since then, people have been struggling to play due to a massive influx of players, frequent disconnections, and long server queues. To compensate players for all of this, Square Enix and FFXIVThe developers of have announced a plan to give all players seven days of free game time.

Endwalker is the next big expansion for FFXIV. And although it doesn’t officially release until December 7, Square Enix has started allowing players who pre-ordered the expansion to play early on December 4. Shortly after the early access launch of Endwalker, the MMO’s servers began to struggle to keep up with demand, and new and old players all jumped online at once. This led to long server queues and a lot of frustration.

In response to this, FFXIV producer and director, Naoki Yoshida, posted a blog earlier today apologizing for the “congestion” experienced by players over the weekend while explaining Square Enix’s plans moving forward.

“Given that we are asking players to wait in queues for extremely long periods of time and the current situation is making it difficult to play normally,” Yoshida explained in the blog post, “We have decided that upon release official of Endwalker On December 7, we will be giving 7 days of free game time to all players who own the full version of the game and have an active subscription.

Yoshida also confirmed that this compensation gift will be offered to anyone currently playing the MMORPG via a free trial that comes with registering the full version of the game and those with multiple accounts. Yoshida also explained that in the future, Square Enix may provide more free game time “depending on how the congestion situation evolves.”

Full blog post is not just an excuse and a promise of free game time. Yoshida also goes into detail about why servers are struggling to keep up with player demand, why certain error codes are occurring, peak congestion times and announced a fix for players automatically disconnecting for inactivity during the credits of end of the various enlargements.

Final Fantasy XIV new expansion has led to an explosion of new players and returning players. Even on Steam, which isn’t the primary or sole gaming platform, the MMO is setting player records, reached over 91,000 active players over the weekend. How many of those 91,000 players successfully entered the game is another story.