Final Fantasy temporarily suspends the sale of FINAL FANTASY XIV due to high demand

1 : Anonymous2021/12/16 12:57 ID: rhq7ap
Final Fantasy temporarily suspends the sale of FINAL FANTASY XIV due to high demand
2 : Anonymous2021/12/16 17:10 ID: hosvr9p

Yesterday XIV was voted off the island.

Today, sales of XIV are suspended.



ID: hot1bnq

Maybe Yoshi-P was lurking and was unhappy with what he saw and this is our punishment.

3 : Anonymous2021/12/16 15:19 ID: hoseu2i

Suffering from succes

ID: hosgy66

Yeah clearly a luxury problem. Although they better get the servers up and running else too many will get frustrated

ID: hotbuyq

Came here to say exactly this lol

4 : Anonymous2021/12/16 17:11 ID: hosvu8g

The tacos were too big, too fat.

ID: hot445s

Those big fat tacos, so big.

ID: hoti7b0

Big fat tacoooooos

ID: hou0nuv

i cant believe just this sentence got that song stuck in my head

5 : Anonymous2021/12/16 16:04 ID: hoslj8b

Crazy that it's come to this. Though anecdotally I've seen (on a lower populated world) queue times seem to be getting better. Certainly less issues with 2002 errors in the last 5 days after they implemented the login server fixes.

More free playtime is appreciated, feel bad for the people that don't have the flexibility I do to play early morning / late night.

ID: hosq3q4

Yep, was playing a game without really paying attention (meant to mind you) to the queue, and not one crash for the 1h+ I was in last night. Thought for sure when I remembered to look I'd be sent to the back/give up for the night.

ID: hosrws1

Apparently they should have a fix for the 2002 errors with 6.01 patch in a few weeks - it'll be much nicer queue experience if I know I can queue up at 4 pm and then come back at 6 and be sure I'm still in queue.

ID: hotbrr5

Gilgamesh here. I logged in at 4 pm EST and had a 4000 person queue that lasted 3 hours. Compare that to launch week's 7000 person queue that lasted 3 also. It feels the same, but at least the 2002 have become less frequent.

ID: host2f8

Yeah gilgamesh is pretty much impossible to play on the week days for a full time worker. But I only have time to play a few hours in the morning on weekends then its impossible to play in the evening. Fortunately, I have halo and pokemon to also keep me comfortable while I wait for server stability.

ID: hosth1z

Logging in after a normal 9-5: 2,800 in queue.

Every day. Over 2500. It is relentless.

ID: hotqkmi

I’ve been lucky enough to log in and play at odd hours since release. But unless I wake up early to log in, and stay logged in, the game is impossible to play at the moment. Logging in between 12pm and 9pm PST is an assured three hour queue.

The game really is that special, though. Endwalker is a brilliant end to the Hydaelyn/Zodiark story.

6 : Anonymous2021/12/16 16:10 ID: hosmfnj

Quick question since I did not see this in the release.

I have an active sub but have not bought endwalker yet. Will I still be able to do so or will I have to wait?

ID: hosy94y

Yes, you can buy expansions on an existing sub

ID: hosnal9

Read it again.

we have decided to temporarily suspend the sale and delivery of FINAL FANTASY XIV Starter Edition and Complete Edition

Nowhere does this say Endwalker. This is entirely meant to stop NEW players from getting FF14.

7 : Anonymous2021/12/16 17:18 ID: hoswxuh

So the interesting thing here is that this highlights that there is scarcity even with digital goods: server space and computing time. Squeenix can't sell subscriptions forever.

This is an interesting parallel to physical copies of a game selling out. Server CPU time is what has sold out in this case. I hope Squeenix replenishes their stock, i.e. buys more servers/gets the programmers to more efficiently use server CPU time.

ID: hot201f

I hope Squeenix replenishes their stock, i.e. buys more servers/gets the programmers to more efficiently use server CPU time.

They wanted to do this before Endwalker released.

There just isn't enough server hardware in the world currently available.

ID: hot1k8b

I think the main reason they haven’t yet is because of all the chip shortages the past year or so. Probably hard to get servers since every company wants them

ID: hot3zfr

This particular instance isn't about digital scarcity. They have to stop selling the game entirely to stop the influx of new players because it just makes the congestion worse.

However, when there was the exodus from other MMOs, sales did stall for a time, but that was because the distribution services couldn't keep up with demand in generating unique key codes for new purchases for a time.

ID: hot4j22

In game it's fine and smooth as butter, 600 players in a single area, mostly focused on the same tiny square area of said map waiting on a rare boss spawn... (: But overall login capacity is exceeded indeed.

One problem they face is let's say they add 20 new servers, what if in a month or two, most people are done and waiting on next patch or even on next expansion.... Now you've got an extra 20 servers that are doing nothing.

ID: hotiehn

They want to build a whole new Oceanic data center, and add more worlds to the existing data centers. They can't get the hardware. It isn't an issue of funding, they have plenty of money and admit it, money just isn't what gets you the machines right now. They tried to pay more to get stuff sooner, but suppliers are just tapped out and its a long line to get more.

What few machines they do get they've used to try to shore up the existing worlds, but its just not enough.

8 : Anonymous2021/12/16 18:06 ID: hot4ieo

Maybe this is a stupid question. I haven't played any non-console game in probably over a decade.

Is this game demanding in terms of specs? Like what kind of hardware would one need to play the free trial?

ID: hot6yhr

The game is 10 years old and ran on ps3

ID: hot6cyf

It targets a fairly broad range of PC hardware, and also is available for PS4 and PS5.

has system requirements and then there is a benchmark you can run that will give you an idea of how the game would preform on settings you select.

ID: hot6niv

I'm playing on a Gen3 i5 with 16GB RAM and 2GB graphics card and it works for me (doesn't look too pretty but everything works just fine). You can download the benchmark and see if it runs smoothly on your system 🙂

ID: hou0yac

This game used to run on PS3. Unless you run on an ancient toaster, you'll have no problem running the game.

ID: hou47dx

Let me introduce you to a useful website for PC gaming:

9 : Anonymous2021/12/16 19:04 ID: hotdfo7

I was literally going to buy it tonight lmao fuck

ID: hotexy0

It's a gradual phase-in, so you might still be able to sneak in under the wire

10 : Anonymous2021/12/16 18:59 ID: hotck1v

Whenever they build new servers, it still won’t be enough servers. The game has just exploded in popularity to a level no one could have predicted.

ID: hotos5e

By the time the new servers are ready, the traffic will be lower. It was popular before 6.0 but servers were not totally full like this. This is a combined player base of the new players and hardcore fans who never left (ie. everyone actively playing 3 weeks ago) plus all the more casual people who don't play when there's no new content. When they finish 6.0 and run some raids, they will go back to other hobbies more of the time.

11 : Anonymous2021/12/16 21:40 ID: hou1b2o

And people had the nerve to vote it off LOL

12 : Anonymous2021/12/16 18:55 ID: hotc05u

Like I said. Most successful FF game of all time

13 : Anonymous2021/12/16 16:10 ID: hosmhy3


14 : Anonymous2021/12/16 20:36 ID: hotrhwt

I read this news yesterday with such an incredulous look on my face when the post went up. I can't help but just laugh. I'm not even mad about the queues anymore. It's just part of life now. The day we are finally released from this hell will be a beautiful one.

I also appreciate the comments in this post being the most reasonable and calming takes about this topic I've seen all week. All the FFXIV subreddits have been setting themselves on fire in rage and misinformation.

15 : Anonymous2021/12/16 17:17 ID: hoswrwp

Anyone know when the suspension might end. Just finished my first semester of college and wanted to start FFXIV now that I have some time.

ID: hosyqhx

They said it's a gradual phase-in, so you might still have some time (especially if willing to go to physical retail). Seems that way anyway.

ID: hot4oi7

You can still pick up retail copies.

16 : Anonymous2021/12/16 19:46 ID: hotjp0c

I honestly thought XIV would make the top 3.

17 : Anonymous2021/12/16 15:54 ID: hosk1a7

Finally. I made a post about this last week or two weeks ago recommending they shut down the sale of a game that cannot support this volume

18 : Anonymous2021/12/16 19:31 ID: hothhjv

Ye waiting till late night to play fucking sucks. Hope we can balance users out.. some how

19 : Anonymous2021/12/16 21:01 ID: hotv8um

Sounds incredible. Wish I could play... I've been having account issues for the longest time before any of this stuff started happening. I decided to just make a new account so I could finally play the damn game but now I probably wouldn't even be able to anytime soon.


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