The great world of Ultimate Fantasy 14 has had its gates locked for nearly a whole month. On account of widespread server congestion from the sheer variety of gamers attempting to get in, Sq. Enix halted gross sales of the bottom sport 13 days after the newest enlargement’s early entry launch on December 3. For those who did not already personal the sport, you had been locked out.
Forty days since Endwalker touched down, it is nonetheless unattainable to purchase a brand new copy of Ultimate Fantasy 14 or register an account for the free trial.
The extreme wait occasions have considerably dissipated as we have got a ways from Endwalker’s launch. Weekday queue occasions throughout peak North American hours can nonetheless be near an hour, particularly after the launch of the newest content material patch. And weekends may be worse. Outdoors of that, it may take me simply three to 5 minutes to get into the sport. It is nothing in comparison with the hours-long queue occasions throughout Endwalker’s launch week, and logging in is now virtually completely server error free.
However the wait time for anybody trying to strive Ultimate Fantasy 14 for the first time has stretched to weeks. The vacation break would have been an opportune time for a lot of to create a personality and begin exploring the world of Eorzea, however FF14’s elimination from on-line retailers left them flipping by means of postcards on social media as a substitute.
Often when video games are taken off storefronts it is as a result of no one desires to play them. Cyberpunk 2077 was so stuffed with game-breaking bugs when it got here out in 2020 (and even worse efficiency issues on consoles) that Sony eliminated it from the PlayStation Retailer, and final yr, Rockstar needed to briefly halt gross sales of its Grand Theft Auto Trilogy remasters for related causes.
This case’s totally different. If you may get in with out an excessive amount of trouble, Ultimate Fantasy 14 works high-quality. Its worst points had been servers overloading and errors that kicked folks out of the road to get into the sport. The builders labored to repair the problems on their finish by limiting new character creation and server transfers, however they could not merely patch out the tens of millions of gamers attempting to log in.
In an official put up earlier than Endwalker’s launch, producer Naoki Yoshida warned gamers in regards to the lengthy queue occasions. “There’s an ongoing world scarcity and elevated demand for semiconductors, and fairly frankly, we’re nonetheless struggling to supply the required tools,” he mentioned. “Moreover, the resurgence of COVID-19 instances in Japan has raised main considerations relating to our means to journey abroad for on-site implementations.”
Yoshida apologized for the tough launch in one other put up at first of the yr. “We’re presently working to essentially handle the scenario, corresponding to including logical information facilities and growing the variety of Worlds in all areas, and we ask in your persistence within the meantime,” he wrote.
The producer has since promised extra information on the sport going again on sale quickly in addition to extra particulars on the servers, in accordance with a fan translation of an interview on Radio Mog Station. Yoshida recommended that it won’t be lengthy earlier than you should purchase the bottom model of the sport or not less than strive the free trial once more.
Regardless of all of this, Ultimate Fantasy 14 followers appear to be taking the state of the sport nicely. Many gamers expressed frustration with the queue occasions once we requested them about their experiences, however felt that the sport and its far-reaching new storyline was price it in the long run.
It is a bit of tragic that no one new can get in on the enjoyable. As any MMO participant is aware of, it is not the identical if you cannot speak your pals into becoming a member of you. The meme of pitching Ultimate Fantasy 14’s free trial to anybody even vaguely within the sport is not fairly the identical when you must comply with that up with a significant caveat. Perhaps quickly the doorways will open again up and folks can lastly see why no one will keep quiet in regards to the world’s largest MMO.