Final Fantasy XIV, a Realm Reborn on a Bunch of Wonky Servers

But boy do things look better once you get logged in.

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Final Fantasy XIV may be cursed. You know this if you’ve tried to play recently and met the business end of a 1017 error (indicating a full server). It hasn’t been a good week for Square Enix’s second-shot MMO. Heck, it’s been a pretty miserable three years. I keep expecting my copy of the PlayStation 3 version to turn up a black spot.

Though being full up is kind of a good problem to have, unlike the far more serious issues the game had back in September 2010. Then, it was in such bad shape Square Enix had to ask for a mulligan, haul its beleaguered pseudo-medieval realm of Eorzea back to the forge, shutter the servers last November, and promise to essentially rebuild the thing from the ground up.

Which is where we find ourselves today, a little over a week into delivery of said promise, still sporting roman numeral XIV, but with a bullish new subtitle: A Realm Reborn.

I’d caught wind of the server traffic problems, but you never think it’s going to be you, so off I went to buy a copy of the PlayStation 3 version on Wednesday. Silly me! I spent most of the afternoon and evening jousting with the game’s login routine, apparently besieged by throngs of Final Fantasy fanatics.

If only I’d read my GameStop receipt first: The store prints this pithy little message at the bottom that reads “Due to server connectivity issues there may be difficulties logging on to Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn” and a note redirecting you to visit the game’s website for more info. Fat lot of good it did me.

Then again, even Guild Wars 2 had its share of launch hiccups, and what are we supposed to give an MMO to find its feet nowadays? A day? A week? Longer? To my surprise, FFXIV started working late Wednesday night, and it’s still purring along as I’m typing this Saturday afternoon, so if you’re still upset about the bumpy takeoff, all I can do is point you to Square Enix’s formal apology, note that they’ve since added server headroom plus a seven-day credit to accounts registered before Sept. 9, shrug and move on.

In other words, the game works now, so all these stories about it not working and having a disastrous launch and yada yada are officially passé. And so far what I’ve seen of this smarter, sleeker, newfangled Eorzea I like, as in really like. And I’ll be back to say more about that soon.

8 comments
mmirza83
mmirza83

How about you talk about the fact that digital sales and physical copies are halted and that no one can buy the game to be able to take advantage of the extra week period (which expires today). Where are the digital downloads??

DavidAlvarez
DavidAlvarez

Brilliant... Lets post an article about the server issues when they are already fixed.

Phurios
Phurios

The worst of the server congestion is long over. After the server maintenance last week I have had absolutely 0 log in issues. (I am on Ultros, one of the most populated servers in the game). The game is being ignored for being a really fun and great experience because of the same launch hiccups that happen with nearly every MMO. I totally expected some server congestion, and now it's over....moving on.The game is truly amazing to play. Very fun, great UI, easy to learn, still challenging in the right places (Titan....holy crap) the story and dialogue hold your interest, and the look and sound of the game are both awe inspiring and breathtaking. Arguably the best designed environments I've ever seen in a game (And I'm only playing on PS3) My favorite part of the game thus far is simply roaming around the environments to see what amazing looking thing I'll run into next. The soundtrack is beautiful, can't say enough good things about it.I have some tiny complaints about the map, FC, and maybe voice chat integration....not really worth mentioning though. Five stars...do yourself a favor and play it immediately.

vanish_patel
vanish_patel

See I think I want to buy this game and use up hundreds of hours playing and exploring. But as I am jobless, I think I need to focus more on that. It doesnt help that I really want to play an MMORPG like FF14

eddy564.ed
eddy564.ed

Well looking is one thing - actually playing it is another. Don't be so quick to judge. Anyone can tell you that the environment is highly sprawling with NPC's to talk to and places to uncover. And even if some monsters are stiff, the game has time to fix it. It's already made incredible advances, and you'll be missing out.

edfromred
edfromred

I was not impressed with a recent video of FFXIV showing off dungeons and creatures. It featured a bunch of monsters just placed standing still in a environment. There was no attempt to lend it any authenticity - - replicating a world where such beings could eat, thrive and survive. It looked like the developer just added willy-nilly a bunch of freaky beasts into a space for the heck of it. I prefer an RPG/MMO to at least make some attempt at verisimilitude. I have zero interest in this generic looking MMO, but footage I've seen of Final Fantasy XV looks incredible.

mattpeckham
mattpeckham moderator

@DavidAlvarez Let's not, and instead post something like I wrote up top, the point being to promulgate precisely that.

MikePotatus
MikePotatus

@mattpeckham @DavidAlvarezSo how is it you're spreading the news of the server issues already being addressed by writing an article & headline of which the entirety (barring the last paragraph) does nothing but highlight the no longer existent issues? You'd think that might be brought up sooner if you wanted to promulgate the fixes.