Final Fantasy 14 and its highly-anticipated expansion, Endwalker, will go back on digital sale on January 25, 2022.
Developer Square Enix temporarily suspended sales for the highly successful MMORPG last month (opens in new tab) to keep up with the high demand and better manage lengthy queues for fans (opens in new tab) trying to join the game. To compensate, the publisher gifted players with two weeks additional game time after previously granting an additional seven days just a couple of weeks before that, too (opens in new tab).
Now it seems servers have stabilized, and the developer has pulled out all the stops to help keep servers secure, including opening a new Oceanian data center, and expansions of Japanese, European, and North American data centers scheduled throughout 2022.
Our Producer & Director Naoki Yoshida has made an announcement regarding the plan to expand #FFXIV’s operations.🌐 https://t.co/tUhWPIfH7H pic.twitter.com/Wu0w5ES16EJanuary 14, 2022
For those wondering, the Home World Transfer Service will also reopen on January 26, 2022, along with the postponed Data Center Travel System, which isn’t dated but is “now being planned for a 6.1.x patch”.
“Once again, I wish to apologize for the delays to server expansion caused by the global semiconductor shortage,” director and producer Naoki Yoshida said in a statement. “The necessity for communities to separate due to the regrouping of Worlds is another inconvenience that may prove unavoidable for some players, and we ask for your understanding as we work to alleviate this issue.
“Despite these hardships, however, we believe this server expansion is a significant step forward in providing players the best gaming experience possible in FFXIV. Work on bolstering the servers will continue well into 2023, expending a vast amount of financial resources and manpower, but we will do our utmost to ensure this endeavor has no negative impact on your ability to play, so we would appreciate your support while you continue on your adventures.”
“I mean, I can take it, even though it doesn’t make it less bad,” Yoshida said at the time. “But staff members will feel really down after getting those words when they gave their absolute best into trying to create something where everyone can enjoy, and this may end up making them no longer create things that are fun from there on.”
In need of a Final Fantasy 14 story recap? If you wish to refresh your memory with a brief FF14 story overview, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything that transpired from the start of A Realm Reborn to the finale of Shadowbringers (opens in new tab).
Head over to our Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker review (opens in new tab) to see what we made of the MMO’s latest expansion.