Final Fantasy XIV contends with full servers and wait lists for its digital version

    
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It's probably easier than building this fountain.

It’s possible you’re tired of hearing about Final Fantasy XIV, but the influx of players the game seems to be getting is pretty notable. As of yesterday, players were reporting that nearly every server in the game was being closed to the creation of new characters due to an influx of players. That doesn’t appear to still be the case as of this writing on Monday morning, as you can see in the pic we snapped ourselves, but the digital edition of the game is still reading as being on a waiting list on the official Square-Enix store.

So what’s the deal? Well, it seems like more and more people are trying the game out, making characters, and logging in, as we’ve already been covering. The game’s Steam charts continue to go up, with an influx of new players via that platform as well (although it’s important to note as before that Steam is not the primary platform for the game). It’s hard to point to one particular cause, though we’re guessing it has a lot to do with poor reception to rival games, popular streamers, and the Endwalker benchmark and weekend stream. And, uh, it’s a good MMO – did we mention it won our MMO of the year in 2020? Either way, hype for the next expansion and the game in general is not abating just yet.

A screenshot of the Final Fantasy XIV server status page as of Monday Morning, 10:00 a.m. EDT.
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up to 58k peak now.

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John Artemus

Genuinely curious. Do people complaining about the cutscenes know you can skip them? The only exception being the MSQ Roulettes.

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Roger Melly

I wonder if ff14 on the verge of overtaking WoW as the most popular mmo ?

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Sarah Cushaway

It already has.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Asmongold on his personal ZackRawr YouTube channel gave FFXIV a very positive first impression review that has over 660,000 views. Yea, SOE has some hard calculations to make.

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Godnaz

After doing 5hrs of FF raid, he walked around Limsa chatting and realized hundreds of people were in queue, socializing, RPing, idling, not caring who he was. Just having a good time. Sure he had a group following him but he said something to the effect of, ‘Look at all these people in town, enjoying themselves. Let’s go see the idle spots in WoW.’ He went over to WoW and it was sparsely populated no matter what hub, no matter what server he went on, he seemed weepy as if he’d lost an old friend or could be possibly saying goodbye in his own mind.

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Danny Smith

Having been there back in Warlords its nice to see folks actually smile and be happy playing an mmo rather than see it as some obligation or emotional hostage scenario again but i also know what its like to look back and WoW in its current state after seeing greener pastures and realising you didn’t notice how bad it was getting.

Then in my case a selfie focussed major content update happened :p

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Tridus

As of writing this comment, every server is locked and you can’t world travel to Cactuar at all. In what is usually a lull while waiting for the next expansion, this is absolutely bonkers.

Awesome to see the game doing so well, but with this full, SE may need to open up new worlds to capitalize.

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Utakata

Yep, while we applaud their success…that’s nothing more infuriating then having to wait on forever queue bottlenecks to subside. /sigh

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Godnaz

A well deserved position change to the most played MMORPG in the genre.. for now. So many things factored in around the same time. With the poor direction and system choices and decline of WoW, an upset playerbase and media influencers echoing that a change was needed. WoW will however, maintain good retention. When competition is good for innovation, a seasonal content player will rotate through them all and it needs to be recognized.

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Utakata

InB4 this is where all the WoW kiddies have been bleeding off too… >.>

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Rndomuser

This is what happened yesterday, when I simply tried to visit another server to check prices on marketboard, my character became stuck and unable to go to home server for over an hour, my home server where the rest of my friends were playing the game. This wasn’t me alone, there were many other people stuck on same server who wanted to go back to their home server but could not. I don’t know why SE couldn’t just kick out all the players who were AFK for longer than 5 minutes as well as free trial players so the paying people (like me) could still enjoy interacting with friends.

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jealouspirate

I was wondering what was going on. I’ve been playing for the past few weeks and usually have a short login queue. Last night when I tried to log in I got an error message saying “servers are full, free trial logins are restricted” and the game would just shut down on its own. I’m hoping to be able to log in tonight.

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Sarah Cushaway

Wow that’s nuts. It’s not the game for me, but I’m glad to see some real competition finally take Blizzard-Activision down a few pegs. Blizzard has been so arrogant and cavalier about how they treat their playerbase AND their devs the past few years, I’ve no pity for the suits and Ion (or especially J. Allen Brack) at this point. At all. This is all their fault and they deserve to feel nervous about FFXIV taking the crown as “king of MMOs”.

Let’s hope it leads to better things in WoW and at the Blizz-Activision studios–though I doubt it at this point (probably they’ll triple-down on their current approach or go hardcore mobile developer). Fingers crossed, though.

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Danny Smith

I would love to see it be the kick up the ass blizzard needs but honestly the way they act nowadays i legitimately think bad day one sales of an expansion are the only thing they would take seriously and given WoW’s nature of each new box release effectively making everything before that redundant and you need to pay up day one to keep current thats not going to happen unless there is a catastrophic mistep for 10.0.

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Sarah Cushaway

Which, at the rate they’re going, might very well happen. They’ve run out of goodwill on the majority of their base at this point. If 10.0 is just more of the same, I doubt as many people are going to even bother anymore.