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Why is FFXIV not available for purchase until further notice following Endwalker release?

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Why is FFXIV not available for purchase until further notice following Endwalker release?
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While Square Enix is doing its best to let as many people as possible play Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, the number of players is so large that sales have been put on hold and here's everything you need to know on the subject.

While Endwalker the expansion expansion for Final Fantasy XIV was released almost two weeks ago, server issues persist, despite the many efforts of Square Enix and Naoki Yoshida's team. In fact, the company has invested heavily in the acquisition of new servers for a few months now, but has found itself blocked by the suppliers following the lack of semiconductors since the start of Covid.

The team has even gone so far as to transform their development back-up servers into game servers to allow more players to connect. While Square Enix is doing everything it can to improve the playing conditions, it looks like FFXIV is currently far too popular for its own good.

However, the light is starting to be visible at the end of the tunnel since in his letter published today Naoki Yoshida explains that the strong investments to acquire additional servers are starting to bear fruit, we should indeed have a roadmap by the end of January 2022 for the deployment of new data centers and servers. It should also be mentioned that the United States and Europe are mainly targeted by these additions!

In the meantime however, it is still complicated to connect for many players and Square Enix has decided to take drastic measures to ensure a gaming experience that matches the quality of the game.

FFXIV Removes Starter, Complete, and Trial Editions From Stores

While you can still purchase Endwalker if you already have the rest of the game, it will not be possible to register the trial version of the game or acquire previous expansions until further notice. Here is the explanation directly from the mouth of Naoki Yoshida in his letter today:

"Players are currently experiencing extremely long wait times due to the dense concentration of play hours which far exceed our server capacity, especially during the peak times, and so we have decided to temporarily suspend the sale and delivery of FINAL FANTASY XIV Starter Edition and Complete Edition. Additionally, although those with an active subscription are prioritized to log in, Free Trial players are unable to log in outside of late night and early morning hours, and so we will also temporarily suspend new registrations for the Free Trial.

These temporary suspensions will be phased in over the next few days as we work with our retail partners. We will be coordinating with them as swiftly as possible, but please bear in mind that this will be a gradual process.

We will also be suspending all new advertisements. However, it will not be possible to suspend some of the advertisements due to the nature of how they were set up. We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding this matter.

Expansion packs and Collector's Edition digital upgrades will continue to be available for existing players so that they may upgrade as needed.

To those who have been invited by their friends and family who have been considering joining, as well as our retail partners, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and ask for your understanding and cooperation in order to reduce congestion. We will continue to monitor the situation as we consider the timing around resuming sales."

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