Waiting in line isn’t fun. Waiting in line and suddenly being booted from that line due to an unpredictable error is enough to throw players into a rage. The producer of Final Fantasy XIV has come forward with a new plan to address the ongoing login errors plaguing the MMO, and it looks like fixes may be coming as early as this week.
In a new blog post, producer Naoki Yoshida states that lobby server maintenance is being scheduled “at the earliest timing possible,” and will only last for about 30 minutes. Those already signed in to the game won’t be affected.
Today, December 8, the massively-popular game is seeing four hours of downtime to perform world maintenance to address other server errors. This includes Error 4004, which happens when the game tries to let in 100 players into a server but fails due to “certain conditions.” Error 2002 has already been addressed and has bumped the number of maximum players in a queue from 17,000 to 21,000. Error 3001 is caused after the login cap exceeds capacity in certain worlds, and a fix is currently underway.
While some patches and tweaks may rid Final Fantasy XIV of these annoying errors, the congestion issue will likely persist for some time. Before blaming Yoshida, it’s important to remember that while more servers are the answer to the problem–which Square Enix can definitely afford–the current global shortage of electronics has made it impossible for the company to get the necessary materials. The development team is doing the best with what they have, and with 25 million players, it’s hard not to appreciate how much time is being put into giving the citizens of Eorzea the best possible experience.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker officially released on December 7, for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5, with early access having begun on December 3. This week, the game announced a strange partnership with Grubhub, in which ordering a certain amount of food will net players an in-game pizza emote.