Final Fantasy XIV is one of the few games in history that the publisher had to stop selling simply because it was too popular. It’s an enviable position, to be sure, but it really happened.
On December 16, 2021, following the release of the popular expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, Square Enix stopped selling the game in a somewhat successful attempt to keep server traffic in check. Now that the in-game population has stabilized, you can repurchase FFXIV, but if you were hoping to try the free trial, you’ll have to keep waiting.
The information comes from lodestone, Final Fantasy XIV official blog. Game director Naoki Yoshida wrote this post personally, which is an unusual occurrence. In “Regarding the Expansion of FFXIV Operations,” Yoshida writes:
“Since its official release on December 7 of last year, Endwalker has experienced extremely high levels of congestion, which has caused great frustration for our players…While certain worlds continue to experience congestion during peak times, our plan to address the problem is fundamentally beginning to take effect. shape.”
First off, Yoshida reports that the Oceania data center, which serves Australia and New Zealand, is officially online today (Jan 25). This should give players in the Oceania region faster load times and more stable servers, while also lightening the load on servers in North America, Europe, and Asia. Players do not have to pay a transfer fee if they wish to join one of the five new Oceania Worlds.
Also, players from any server will be able to use the Home World Transfer service again. This allows players to switch between servers, ideally from a more congested one to a less congested one. Yoshida noted that players may not be able to join worlds that are already full, so if you want to keep playing with your friends, make sure you stay put or all travel to the same server.
There are a few other new measures in place, like the Data Center Travel System (which is a bit arcane – check out the blog if you’re curious) and more data centers in North America, Europe, and Japan. The bottom line, however, is that as of now, Square Enix is once again selling digital copies of FFXIV.
You can buy the game directly through Square Enixor on Steam, or on PlayStation Network, depending on where you want to play.
The only catch here is that FFXIV’s expansive free trial is currently not available to new players yet. as often quoted copypasta he says, the FFXIV free trial “includes the entirety of A Realm Reborn and the award-winning Heavensward expansion up to level 60 with no restrictions on play time,” and it really is as good as it gets.
If you signed up for a free trial in the past, you’ll be happy to hear that you can still sign in. If you want to try FFXIV for the first time, you will have to pay for the privilege, at least for the time being.