After a massive delay, Final Fantasy XIV will get some great new servers. The digital sale will also return Tuesday, January 25 at 5 p.m. JT / 3 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.
Director Naoki Yoshida announced the additional servers in an official blog post, after weeks of rush due to the launch of the new expansion Endwalker.
These server expansions will coincide with the opening of a new data center in Oceania on January 15 in Europe, North America and Japan. Europe will receive four new worlds sometime in July 2022, and will expand to a logical data center with eight new worlds in the summer. of 2023. North America will achieve its logical data center expansion during August 2022, with an additional four worlds being added in the summer of 2023. Both the European and North American expansion will take place in two phases.
Upgrading to Japan is a bit more complicated, as there are currently too many worlds per data center. Thus, the region will receive a new logical data center, while the number of worlds will be reduced to eight each, leading to a significant increase in the number of concurrent logins to over 50,000 in total.
The data center travel system, initially planned for the Endwalker launch, will be released as a 6.1x patch. Home World Transfer Service, which was suspended due to server congestion, will make its return on Wednesday 26 January.
The mass immigration of players into Final Fantasy XIV required some serious upgrades to the servers. However, due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, these growths were significantly delayed and digital sales of the game had to be halted (again) due to severe server congestion.