Square Enix confront Final Fantasy 14 launch issues
Since last weeks’ launch of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, the internet has been alive with cries of failed logins, full/dropping servers and restricted character creation systems. Despite this, Square Enix have decided to extend their free play period for Final Fantasy XIV, unshaken by the barrage of complaints.
The original FFXIV MMORPG was hit with so much criticism, back in 2010, that numbers rapidly dwindled, until it shut down in 2012, with the promise that they were going to remake the whole game under a new team.
Although they’ve came through with their promises, the MMO has once again been under attack. They are being mostly criticized for underestimating the spike in gamers during it’s free-play debut. By increasing the free-play period, many worry that they are adding to the problem.
They have announced that they are providing an extended 7-day trial for A Realm Reborn, which will be to make up for the MMO going offline tonight while they perform some crucial maintenance. In addition, another 7 free days may be available for latecomers:
Square Enix have stated, “users who have yet to enter their registration codes will receive an additional seven-day trial should they register before 11.59 pm (PDT) on September 9, 2013”
The fact that they’re looking to expand the free-period of the RPG following a night of maintenance is promising; it shows they know what they need to fix and that they’re confident that they can fix it. They have divulged a little information on what they think needs to be done. The maintenance, they claim, is, "for the purpose of increasing the number of available Worlds, reducing stress on the Duty Finder servers, and increasing the number of concurrent logins allowed for each server”.
The servers are said to be back online from around 1.00am Wednesday, PDT.