Final Fantasy XIV’s newest patch abolishes more weekly limitations for loot and adds AFK timers

    
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The climb.

The two things that Final Fantasy XIV players were hoping to find in today’s patch 5.58 were data center travel and the release of the long-awaited datamined Cruise Chaser mount. Neither of those is included in this patch. What is included is the removal of weekly limits on rewards from the Tower at Paradigm’s Breach or weapon tokens from the final Eden tier, so you’ll have an easier time farming that for rewards. There are also changes to relic content and Save the Queen areas to make clearing both easier, especially with smaller groups.

Also of note is the game’s AFK timer, which will automatically log anyone out after 30 minutes of inactivity within the game to help ease server congestion. This is not, in and of itself, unheard of; the game has done this many time before, but never before during a period of quiet before an expansion rather than during an expansion launch. The game continues to beat its own concurrency records on Steam as well.

However, it’s worth noting before you start pitting the game against World of Warcraft that producer and director Naoki Yoshida sees that discussion as being both wrong and irritating. So keep that in mind.

Update
SE’s Naoki Yoshida has now addressed the server congestion situation in a new blog post, which we’ve covered here.
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Vincent Clark

Just released statement from Yoshi-P about the growing player population…

https://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/topics/detail/8f55217e86331b83783b89dc0d0e9fa8af5e7bb1

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teppic

It was averaging about 30k Steam players in June, now it’s up to 67k, more than double. Impressive when it’s the end of the expansion, a time when in most MMOs players are at their lowest.

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Vanquesse V

Especially considering that FFXIV is considered a game you shouldn’t get on steam. The steam version is entirely separate from their launcher, so if you buy the game on steam you accept that you’ll have to buy every single expansion on steam in perpetuity, so you can’t take advantage of deals elsewhere.
The steam numbers for 14 are minuscule compared to the full pc numbers.

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Vincent Clark

Exactly. Also interesting is that (according to Yoshi-P’s statement), it’s not just the NA and EU zones that are surging with players but the Korean and Chinese markets as well.

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teppic

Yeah I started playing recently and didn’t go with Steam for that reason, I expect it’s very common.

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Vanquesse V

I bought the base game on steam at some point to play my legacy account, and they even removed that option a while back.