Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida just gave more insight on what’s up with the game and the server congestion problems that are currently affecting it.
More and more players are crowding Square Enix’s new MMORPG, bringing the concurrent connections record up to a very impressive 230,000 (the previous record was 218,000).
Work on the servers is proceeding smoothly at the moment, and internal testing is scheduled to commence at the beginning of next week. If the results of the internal testing are satisfactory, a large scale maintenance scheduled to happen on Wednesday, September the 4th (Japanese Time) should fix the problems once and for all.
The maintenance will bring multiple new servers, improvements to the duty finder and a considerable increase to the simultaneous logins each server is able to support. It’s worth mentioning that the team does expect some congestion to happen immediately after the maintenance because of a possible rush of login attempts by a substantial part of the playerbase.
Square Enix is working out how many free days to grant to players in order to make up for the problems, and Yoshida-san specified that the publisher is considering offering a week of free gameplay in addition to whatever amount players may already have due to their purchase or the Welcome Back program.
The decision is not yet finalized and Yoshida-san promised to post the precise number of free days that will be granted to players as soon as the amount is determined.