A lot of eager gamers have spent last Monday painfuilly refreshing their mail account in the hope to receive an invite to the Alpha test of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Unfortunately many of them came out of the ordeal empty handed, but today Director Naoki Yoshida came out with one of his Letters from the Producer to reassure the masses.
In the message he explained that the alpha test is mainly a stress test, aimed to see if the new serever structure can withstand the onslaught that Square Enix predicts will come at release.
According to Yoshida the servers have been designed to contain 5,000 concurrent users, of which up to 1,000 in the same area. He also wants to make sure that 300–400 players can change areas at the same time, the patch server can handle high concentrations of traffic, the client doesn’t crash when run on specific hardware and that enemies spawn and despawn correctly under heavy lag.
Those that didn’t receive an invite shouldn’t worry too much, as new ones will go out on December the 3rd, together with the addition of a third server. Thousands more will be invited each week through December, despite the fact that the plans were to close the alpha by the middle of the month, the team is considering to keep the servers open up to the end of the year if the demand is there (and I think there are few doubts that there’s plenty demand).
After all, who wouldn’t want to spend the Holidays in the new Eorzea? You can check out the full letter here.