The popularity of Final Fantasy XIV has led to a temporary purchase suspension of the MMORPG, but is it likely to be back on sale anytime soon?
Since the early access release of Final Fantasy XIV's latest expansion, Endwalker, the MMORPG has been dealing with lengthy queues as players wait to log into the game. The MMO has faced a boost in popularity in recent months and while a successful game isn't the worst problem to have, the surge has led to massive server issues.
In response to the issues, Square Enix has offered free game time to all players with an active subscription and who own the full version of the game. However, in an attempt to curb the lengthy queue times, all sales of the Starter and Complete editions of Final Fantasy XIV have been temporarily suspended. New registrations for the Free Trial period have also been suspended due to the congestion affecting Free Trial logins.
Those looking to start their journey in Eorzea have no doubt been anticipating the game's return to sale.
When Will Final Fantasy XIV Be on Sale Again?
Final Fantasy XIV is currently set to resume digital sales on Jan. 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. JST, which means 3 a.m. ET.
Alongside congestion, problems have also stemmed from supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, Square Enix have been unable to expand their servers. In a blog post earlier this month, Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida said, "due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not been able to make any additions due to suspension of semiconductor production at manufacturing factories, decrease in production quantities, as well as a shortage of raw materials."
"Although we are investing much more money than usual, our attempts to alleviate the ongoing congestion situation are being delayed due to the physical shortage of server equipment."
This article has been updated to reflect the recent announcement (Jan. 14) that Final Fantasy XIV would be resuming digital sales on Jan. 25.