Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers headstart has officially begun

    
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When our office has gone quiet because half the staff got up at 5 a.m. to sit at their computers, there’s usually only one explanation: Something big has launched. That something big today is Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers, or more specifically, its headstart for preorder players.

Reddit has a megathread up and has included a spot where folks can chime in on their queues. The highest we see is over 8300 (ouch!), but obviously that’ll depend on your server.

“Currently, the lobby servers are experiencing some heavy load as users log into the game, and we’re working to increase capacity,” Squeenix tweeted a few hours ago. “That said, the process is functioning smoothly, so please be patient while in queue and you’ll be logged in once the queue completes!”

Make sure you check out the patch notes and our unofficial survival guide, plus our massive roundup of all of our coverage of the expansion for those of you stuck at work today. Happy launch folks!

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Alyn
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Alyn

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LOL, ya know there was a point when I was surrounded by so many “bunnies” I thought I had logged into the Playboy mansion!

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Danny Smith

logged in at a 21 person queue on Shiva, got DNC and GUN to 65 each and now taking my main into Norvrandt. Albiet shes about 3 feet taller, if you count the ears.

so get in the car nerds, we got dance battles and breakin’ to do.

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JonBuck

So far the only long queue I’ve had was when the servers came back up at 2am Pacific. But even though I was 947 in line it really moved quickly. So far, so good.

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JonBuck

And soon after I posted this I was kicked off the server and can’t get back in due to a lobby server error.

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Toy Clown

I couldn’t resist: I logged in this morning to see how it was, as I was going to take a couple week break until the usual messiness that goes with releases. I was surprised that I was only 12 in queue.

The first thing I did was grab the new hairstyle and I love it! Then I went and trained Dancer. It was really confusing! haha I needed a break to refresh my head in order to come back to it later, then got distracted by my Shai in BDO.

Definitely a smooth lauch.

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Sorenthaz

And only 8 in queue on Mateus. Guess it might spike up over the weekend though.

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Dankey Kang

Been playing Mario Maker 2 all day but I’ll get on this later this evening.

It’s gonna be a long road to 80.

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Dagget Burmese

Love everything so far except the bad voice acting by Fey UI. Viera has proper Icelandic accent.

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Dagget Burmese

Eu servers had a queue spike at start, but smooth now, no waiting

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Dagget Burmese

Just checked assorted servers in various data centers – no queues so to speak of anywhere – 15-25 queues which can be skipped past and normal on any day.

When ppl from my FC logged in immediately after servers came up, a few had a queue of 600-800, but it burned down in 5 mins (at Stormblood launch, a 800 queue would take an hour+ to clear)

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Pandalulz

Heh, they have the entire Aether data center closed for character creation.

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Java Jawa

nice! Have fun for those of you that get in, I’ll be thinking of you from work.

I have a feeling it’s gonna be a long download and even longer qeues during prime-time!

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Toy Clown

Last night the download was congested and had a few hickups, but went smoothly after a restart. Here’s hoping primetime queues aren’t long!