Fans looking to get stuck into Endwalker on day one should be prepared for some congestion.
Square Enix has issued a warning for players ahead of the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker and its Early Access period, saying that fans should anticipate servers being congested. In a recent blog post, Square Enix announced that they are expecting "far more simultaneous logins compared to usual."
"In preparation for these predictions, we optimized our servers ahead of the expansion’s launch in order to increase login caps. On the other hand, due to the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors we have previously mentioned, we were unable to add new Worlds before the release of Endwalker. The addition of new Worlds will still be considered as we procure the necessary server machines."
What this means for fans is that there's a strong likelihood of facing long wait times when attempting to log into Worlds. Without being able to add new Worlds to the game, this warning should come as no surprise to most players. Final Fantasy XIV has seen a dramatic rise in popularity this last year across all regions, leading to certain Worlds hitting their capacity faster than usual.
"Although we were unable to add new Worlds, we have implemented every other measure that was possible, such as replacing the matching servers with higher-performance machines, optimizing processes, increasing processing speeds, and raising the number of simultaneous logins."
"We will further enhance our monitoring of the situation to allow for as many players as possible to log in. We ask for your understanding and cooperation regarding this matter."
Final Fantasy XIV's upcoming expansion, Endwalker, was originally set to release on Nov. 23. Square Enix implemented a short, two week delay to the expansion's release which is now scheduled for Dec. 7.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, and macOS.