Final Fantasy XIV: Digital Sales Halted

Square Enix ceases digital sales in attempt to handle overwhelming demand

Screenshot

FFXIV:ARR is rather popular.

This is news to no one after the past few days of servers being rammed with log-in attempts by eager players. What is news is that Square Enix, in a move to try to limit the current server overload, has suspended sales of new digital editions of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Screenshot

The tipping point has been reached where more players, at the moment, means more problems for the SE team and an announcement on Facebook and the official blog declared:

"Important Notice About FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn - Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, we are currently experiencing extremely long wait times for users to be able to log in and play. As a temporary measure, we will halt sales of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN’s digital download products so we can accommodate all of those wishing to play. We are working to expand our server capacity in the coming days. 

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this causes."

As stated yesterday, the Square Enix team is preparing to increase the capacity of its data centers early next week, which will hopefully ease the tension and congestion for players and allow digital sales to recommence.

Hopefully, for fans and the long-term health of the game, this move from Square Enix will make the current discomfort being felt by players a short-term inconvenience.

Scott "Jarimor" Hawkes, Editor in Chief

Follow me on Twitter @Jarimor

Comments

Post Comment
FFxiv
# Aug 28 2013 at 7:01 PM Rating: Good
1 post
Well as a current player I do hate the wait times, but I think it is a right move for SE to halt sales, I think it mostly has to do with the fact the first release of the game 2 years ago was so bad, I think they might of had some doubts about how popular the game would become. Even in Early Access there where full severs, right now no North American severs are taking any new characters.
Very Impressed
# Aug 28 2013 at 11:58 AM Rating: Good
2 posts
Got to say I am very impressed with SE, not many company's would halt sale's like they have

BIG well done SE

Good move SE
# Aug 28 2013 at 7:22 AM Rating: Good
Avatar
2 posts
I think this shows that they are sincere about fixing the problem. Halt sales? What company would do that for us?

They are losing money in an effort to ease the inconvenience for existing customers. That's pretty honorable of them if you ask me.

If they were greedy they could have just implemented further login restrictions and kept selling more copies... but they decided to make a fairer decision.
typical...
# Aug 28 2013 at 3:45 AM Rating: Decent
Scholar
****
4,503 posts
Quote:
we will halt sales of ... so we can accommodate all of those wishing to play.


Typical SE. "Everyone who wants to play" apparently does not include people wanting to buy the game to play it?
____________________________
[XI] Surivere of Valefor
[XIV] Sir Surian Bedivere of Behemoth
http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/character/2401553/
typical...
# Sep 01 2013 at 2:25 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
Man, the release announcement was out for Years! Why did you wait until now to buy it?? If you would have, you would already be playing the game...
typical...
# Aug 30 2013 at 11:18 AM Rating: Excellent
3 posts
KojiroSoma wrote:
Quote:
we will halt sales of ... so we can accommodate all of those wishing to play.


Typical SE. "Everyone who wants to play" apparently does not include people wanting to buy the game to play it?



Yes, but if they let you buy it and you want to play and then you can't because of server congestion? I would say it's a smart move for the health of the game until Monday when they fix goes in.
Post Comment

Free account required to post

You must log in or create an account to post messages.