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Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida posted a letter online today detailing MMO’s plans to take into account the recent influx of new players.
The sports population has seen a huge increase in recent weeks. This is due to the dissatisfaction with the World of Warcraft craft, and even Twitch viewers have followed their favorite streamers. Popular wow player Asmongold started adventuring on FFXIV earlier this month.
All of these new players are the result of long queue times and the inability to create new characters on some servers. To combat this, Square Enix has increased the number of maximum loggins allowed on each server. It has also implemented an automated layout feature, originally planned to roll out on November 19 for the launch of the EndKer tax expansion. This will admit players who have been inactive for that period.
The team is also moving faster to add new servers, a note that will be challenging due to the shortage of semiconductors. Final Fantasy XIV has already announced that new servers based at Oceania Data Center are on their way, which will benefit players based in Australia and surrounding countries.
The post ends with Yoshida’s message.
“As a producer, I have a responsibility to be able to predict the current influx of new players,” he writes. “The days before the start of the expansion are considered a matter of excitement, but instead they have brought grief to many players and for that I am personally very sorry.”
Of course, no one can see this boom coming. Final Fantasy XIV is really at the end of the expansion cycle. It should be a slow period for the game. But interest has grown through the flaws of the vehicle, the Christian preaching of the fans, and trends like the Assomolds.
Still, this kind of direct and polite communication is one of the reasons why FFXIV players love and respect the director of the game.
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