Final Fantasy XIV locks character creation on Aether data centre, details future plans for servers

Final Fantasy XIV is still struggling to cope with the continued influx of new players, leading to Square Enix locking down an entire data centre indefinitely.

In an update by Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Naoki Yoshida, the North American data centre Aether will not allow new characters to be created for the foreseeable future. This is due to servers being permanently congested, despite a recent increase in their maximum capacity.

Yoshida also mentions that the European data centres have received a higher login cap, with improved server equipment planned for late September.

Work is ongoing to find a solution for these server issues, though the pandemic has made acquiring certain hardware difficult — travelling overseas to the non-Japanese physical data centres is of course a problem as well.

As Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker’s November 23 release date edges ever closer, the need for improved servers becomes increasingly more vital. If it’s this bad now, imagine what the release of a major expansion will do to the game’s popularity…

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