Final Fantasy XIV is creating its first European data center

    
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Gosh am I glad that the dang frog is still around, too.
Final Fantasy XIV is not a game with action combat, but you can still be pretty thoroughly screwed whilst trying to play the game if your connection is bad. This has been a major problem for European players, since the game’s server clusters are located in North America and Japan. So European players will likely be happy to know that the game is moving one of its data centers to Europe, allowing players on the Chaos server cluster to have a more local and less laggy play experience.

The down side is that players on those servers will be experiencing several days of downtime; players who had characters on those worlds before today and have an active subscription will be compensated for lost play time, which is expected to be anywhere between three to five days. Players on those servers will also be given the option to transfer off for free. You can check out all of the the details on the official site, but the practical upshot will hopefully be a more pleasant play experience for European players.

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Radfist
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Radfist

CloakingDonkey Radfist  I actually did play a ninja to 50, and unless they made combat 10x faster in the expansion (I only played the base game), it really isn’t an issue thanks to the long GCDs.

BKone
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BKone

Veeery nice. I will dip my toe in once the dust settles. (tho I’m absolutely very much done with sub based games…)

Mochaccino
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Mochaccino

Quincha 
Europeans almost always get the short end of the stick when it comes to MMOs and how we’re treated as customers.

Mochaccino
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Mochaccino

CloakingDonkey Radfist 
I’m fussy about combat in my MMOs. If my connection gets higher than 150 ms I notice it immediately.

NemuiByakko
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NemuiByakko

Great. So Americans who for some reason created characters on Euro servers will get free transfer. Fine. I’m happy for them. But what about Euro players who made char on American server? My guild settled on Sargatanas long ago – there were reasons for that, I suppose. Now, we all have to buy server transfer tokens? Fantastic.

Vexia
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Vexia

I wonder if this move will decongest the North American data centers as a whole and boost overall performance for both regions? Very frequently, the developers cite server limitations as the reason why they are unable to implement new features. I always had the feeling that the NA/EU shared data center was one of the key obstacles in those cases. Will we finally be able to have things like (free) extra retainers, new housing wards, and more after this change? Or maybe it doesn’t work that way.
Regardless, congratulations to EU players on your soon-to-improve quality of FFXIV life!

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

Yaaaaaay! I might actually enjoy playing my Ninja again, now! =)

chernabog
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chernabog

On many of the hard or extreme mode primal or dungeon battles with split-second timing, too much lag is death. It isn’t so noticeable the first 30 or 40 levels since they are fairly easy and don’t require that type of coordination.   Before Heavensward dropped, Coil #5 (Twintania) was the line where lag would consistently kill you (and wipe your party, to boot).

Iordani
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Iordani

ammalis They havent announced a specific date yet, but (I believe at Gamescom) they said sometime in October.

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

LiKao it’s a big problem for melee dps classes with their fast rotations.