It seems that the reincarnation of Final Fantasy XIV has proved a big success – although it has come at a cost.
Square Enix has announced that it has halted digital sales of the game as it attempts to get to grip with the high server traffic that has resulted from the release of 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,” a Facebook statement confirmed.
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.”
Although the publisher's forums are awash with disgruntled consumers, in many ways this is a victory – Final Fantasy XIV was at one stage deemed a colossal failure, with its many launch problems leading to players not being charged for over a year after the game's release.
That the game has been so successfully turned around is remarkably positive, although Square will want to address these re-launch issues as quickly as possible.