The semiconductor shortage not only affects the manufacturing process of computers and new generation consoles such as PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The global crisis has prevented Square Enix from acquiring more servers for its star MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV , as recognized by its own director, Naoki Yoshida. Queues and server congestion have reached a new level, so new free sign-ups, sales, etc. have been temporarily discontinued, all after the Endwalker expansion has just been released.
In an official statement, Yoshida has acknowledged the current complicated situation: “We apologize for the continued congestion that has occurred. from early access and since the official launch of Endwalker. Almost two weeks have passed since the beginning of early access and players are still experiencing substantial congestion when they log into the game. “
The Final Fantasy XIV Starter Edition and Complete Edition sales have been temporarily suspended. Likewise, the free trial will also be suspended until further notice. Yoshida has indicated that it is a gradual process and that they will return to normal little by little. They will also paralyze new ads, although some will not disappear due to how they have been integrated. Expansions and collector’s editions, for their part, as well as upgrades, can be purchased as normal.
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Compensation for problems
Yoshida explained that given the current problems they will give away additional playing time. They had promised 7 days, but they will extend it to 14 days as compensation for the situation that is being experienced. This will apply to all players, even if they have multiple accounts, until December 21.
Final Fantasy XIV and its expansion Endwalker are available on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
Source | Square Enix