Just this morning I reported how preorders of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn have been definitely encouraging, shedding a bright light on the future of the reborn MMORPG by Square Enix, and the first few hours of early access seem to confirm that.
Today the floodgates opened for those entitled to play the game three days before release (that will finally happen on Tuesday), and the number of players connected at the same time reached 140,000 according to what Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida said on twitter via the official account.
新生FFXIV P/D吉田です。現在同時接続者数が14万を超え、混雑も安定してきました。 引き続き皆さんの快適なプレイのため、フルサポート体制を続けます。 障害等発生の場合には、公式フォーラム、Twitter等でお知らせしますのでよろしくお願い致します。 #FF14
— FINAL FANTASY XIV (@FF_XIV_JP) August 24, 2013
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Producer and Director Yoshida here: The number of concurrent connections is more than 140,000 at the moment. Congestion has also stabilized. To ensure comfortable play for everyone we’ll continue to monitor the situation. In case of problems we will keep you updated via the official forum, Twitter and the like.
140,000 concurrent connections is a very impressive number for a game in early access, especially considering that the tweet above was posted about an hour after the opening of the servers, between 3 and 5 AM in the US, depending on timezone, meaning that a sizable number of North American players were fast asleep.
Even in our comment section some wondered how many of those that took part in the free open beta would actually buy the game. Turns out that many did, as the open beta reached the record amount of 150,000 concurrent connections. The fact that early access (open only to those that preordered the game or had a Legacy account) got very near to that number is definitely a good sign.
Of course heavy traffic comes with its own set of problems, and Square Enix has just announced an emergency maintenance to address them. While you wait to flood back into the reborn Eorzea, it’s the perfect chance to watch my interview with Yoshida-san filmed at Gamescom, if you previously missed it. There’s a lot of interesting info and trivia for your perusal.