The launch (or re-launch in this instance) of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
didn’t quite go as well as Square Enix hoped it would. Oh sold well, it exceed expectations in fact, but with that popularity came the problem of too many players for the MMO’s servers to handle. This not only caused Square to halt digital sales
of the game but it also left a high number of players unable to access their accounts.
According to an official statement posted to The Lodestone forums
, players who were affected by the server issues will have an extra week’s worth of playtime added to their accounts to make up for any lost time. Actually, anyone who has registered an account or will register by before September 9 will be given the extra week.
The post also says the servers are currently undergoing maintenance, which will greatly improve FFXIV’s current performance. This maintenance will “increase the number of available Worlds, reduce stress on the Duty Finder servers, and increase the number of concurrent logins allowed for each server."
The maintenance should be completed in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
While this whole situation sucks for any who bought the game at launch, especially for who gave Final Fantasy XIV a second chance, it’s great to see Square making things right by adding the extra week. It's also nice to see the developers give a sincere effort to make A Realm Reborn a better and more reliable product than its predecessor.