Final Fantasy XIV Users To Get Seven Days For Free
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.03.2013
As an apology for downtime...
Digital Spy reports that users of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will get seven days' free play time to make up for early service disruptions. The game will also have a time of maintenance on September 4 from 12 AM to 10 AM.
Square Enix said in a statement: "Since the beginning of official service on August 27, 2013, the number of users attempting to access the game has significantly exceeded our initial estimates. While we are pleased to see support for the game reach far beyond our expectations, the servers were not prepared to handle this influx of players. As a result, our servers have been pushed beyond maximum capacity. In order to allow access to as many users as possible, we have implemented login and character creation restrictions. We understand, however, that these restrictions have greatly inconvenienced our players. To resolve this issue, we will be performing maintenance from September 4, 2013, at 0:00 to 10:00 (GMT), for the purpose of increasing the number of available Worlds, reducing stress on the Duty Finder servers, and increasing the number of concurrent logins allowed for each server. Because login and character creation restrictions have hindered our ability to provide quality service, all Final Fantasy XIV service accounts will receive an additional seven days of free play time."
Square plans to monitor all servers in the future. Users who enter registration codes before midnight on September 9 will get an additional seven-day trial. The game launched on PS3 and PC last week. It's only available at retail as digital downloads are suspended due to server issues. Subscriptions start at $9.99. Those who registered for the original Final Fantasy XIV will be able to play for free until September 9.