Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Endwalker is a Avengers playoffslevel moment to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It concludes the story that the game has been building towards for almost a decade. The excitement is high and this should be a time to celebrate the game’s fans and developers. Unfortunately, publisher Square Enix has already issued a warning that more issues may arise Endwalkerlaunch day due to a real-world problem: semiconductor failure.

What happened – On November 29, Square Enix released a blog post explaining it Final Fantasy 14‘s servers are likely to be very congested when Endwalker expansion releases in early access on December 3 and to all on December 7, 2021.

“There is a high probability of congestion that will result in Worlds reaching maximum login capacity and long waiting times when logging in,” the post reads. “We would like to apologize for making this kind of announcement at a time when many of you are looking forward to the expansion, as well as for inconveniences that may be caused by congestion.”

Over the past year, Final Fantasy 14 has become one of the most popular MMOs on the market. Square Enix points out that demand is at a record high for the game and expects more logins at once over the next week than the game has ever seen before.

That in itself would cause problems, but Square Enix revealed that the semiconductor shortage only exacerbates the serious queue time problem. But how?

The cause of the problem – The effects of a worldwide semiconductor shortage directly affected the number of players Final Fantasy 14 could manage around Endwalker‘s launch.

“We optimized our servers prior to the launch of the extension to increase the login ceilings,” explains the post. “On the other hand, due to the persistent global shortage of semiconductors we have previously mentioned, we were unable to add new worlds before the release of Endwalker“The main problem has everything to do with the scarcity of” necessary server machines “caused by the semiconductor shortage.

Final Fantasy 14 servers are called “worlds”, and more have been added over the years to meet the ever-increasing demand for players. Square Enix can not do this for Endwalker since the semiconductors required on the hardware side of things are simply not available.

Supply problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and high demand from the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries have caused semiconductor shortages. This has affected everything from the production of cars to the availability of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and now servers for MMOs such as. Final Fantasy 14.

The lack of semiconductors will prevent some players from immediately experiencing the end of a story that is underway.Square Enix.

What it means for players – Long login and instances of content queue times to access servers should be expected once Endwalker drops. Players may also be unable to create new characters during this time and may run into bugs in 2002.

Square Enix says it will prioritize owners of the full version of the game, log inactive players out for 30 minutes, and recommend that players try to log into a less crowded world if possible.

That Vise versa Analysis – Although we were already aware of the negative impact of the semiconductor supply chain on consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X, it always seemed like a problem with consumer hardware supply. This problem with Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker highlights that some powerful hardware is also essential on the development side of games, not just next-generation console hunters.

Fortunately, Square Enix says that “the addition of new worlds will still be considered when we acquire the necessary server machines.” It seems to be a question of when and not if Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker ‘s the server situation gets better.

Still, it’s disappointing that the launch of a much-anticipated expansion to a popular MMO will suffer due to something that is completely beyond the developer’s control. Square Enix was at least transparent about this issue and avoided one Cyberpunk 2077-level launch disaster.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is now available for PC, PS4 and PS5.

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