The lights are on
Final Fantasy XIV has had a long, tortured road, and things aren't getting better yet. Now in its second incarnation, the title is facing hefty server problems.
Last weekend, the doors were opened for early access (granted to pre-orders). Reports from users around the world indicate that server status was spotty at best, leaving many frustrated.
The problems seem to have continued, though Square Enix is touting this as an "overwhelmingly positive response." The decision to put a hold on digital sales is likely intended to keep the problem from getting worse rather than a standalone fix. The company will still need to bolster the servers to handle the existing populations. Even if you can't play, you can check out an extended trailer here.
[Source: Square Enix Facebook]
Our TakeI'm starting to believe that a smooth MMO launch is actually bad news. The silver lining of crushed servers is that people really want to play the game (even if they are incensed about not being able to do so).
At this point, any publisher that doesn't factor a make-right into the budget to compensate for a terrible launch is kidding itself. A temporary hold on digital sales will give Square Enix time to even out server populations (and let early adopters know how their time will be compensated).
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Also, for all the people that said they are cancelling their sub and getting a refund I say "Bwahahaha!" if you have spent more than and hour in the game you are hooked, end of story, you'll be back.
It is pretty much the norm to have issues, it just doubly-sucks for Square because of XIV's rough history. I played the beta, though, and it sold me on the game. I'm a bit upset at how little time I got to play open beta and early access, due to server issues... Still, the game itself is quite fun, and I have a couple friends playing on PS3 who otherwise wouldn't be able to play an MMO.
This is why I planned on waiting a couple of weeks before getting the game. Seems like the normal MMO launch server issues. But I take this as a good thing; if the servers are already at capacity, that must mean there are a lot more people playing then Square had anticipated, which is good since a lot of people were still blindly hating on it. Can't wait to get into it whenever all this dies down.
Oh great. I just bought a physical copy and Im installing it now. Better make other plans for the day...
It may be a rough start, but the game is actually a lot of fun.
Dang, that's a kind of twisted blessing for Square Enix. They finally get a huge selling game, but can't really have the strength to accomodate them. Bummer.
It's worth noting that you can play on the Japanese servers just fine. I'm playing right now. You can't play with friends or talk to many players, but its kind of a workaround offline mode if you want to just mess around and get used to the controls and mechanics.
Yes, there are server issues but it's an amazing game. I'm really enjoying it! I'm hoping they will allow more sales soon because everyone who doesn't have it is missing out!