Yep, they literally shut down digital sales because the game was too popular
Last month, Final Fantasy XIV made headlines across the globe when Square Enix informed its userbase that they were temporarily shutting down sales of the game. It was a pretty insane time for the game, and it’s been in an interesting place ever since. While queues as a whole have been going down, a lot of people are still playing the game. Now even more folks will be able to flood in on January 25.
Yep, Square Enix has confirmed that on January 25, 2022, at 5:00PM JST (that’s 3AM the morning of January 25, in US ET), digital sales will be resuming. In short, if you wanted to buy into Final Fantasy XIV, you can.
There’s two big reasons for Square Enix choosing that date:
- The Oceanic data center will be open at that time, with five worlds (servers) to accommodate both transferring players and new ones
- “The play time and log in frequency of current players is steadily returning to normal levels.”
I hope this new expansion of players holds. Anecdotally, things have been getting back to normal again. While the first few weeks of Endwalker‘s launch were hectic, rife with queues hundreds of players long with disconnects during said queues; a lot of players are reporting under 100 (or less) maximum queues in January.