To make up for server problems and upcoming maintenance, Square Enix is giving players more free time with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Following the blunder of Final Fantasy XIV's original release, there were arguably doubts as to whether or not Square Enix would be able to pull off a successful re-launch of the game. That being the case, since the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and the coinciding beginning of service, Square Enix has found its servers swamped with users apparently more than willing to forgive the game's past mistakes.
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that invites you to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world.
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn lets you party up and adventure with a multitude of players from across the globe. Forge friendships, mount chocobos, and board airships as you and your companions create your own unique stories in Eorzea. All the classic elements from the series that you have come to know and love are waiting!
Set out alone or enlist the aid of friends as you undertake epic quests, battle familiar FINAL FANTASY monsters, and acquire unique abilities and equipment. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime to help reforge the fate of Eorzea!
The flow of new players has been so heavy, in fact, that Square Enix has found itself somewhat unable to cope. "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" said Square Enix in a blog post. "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."
In attempt to bring a close to its server performance problems the company will be undergoing maintenance that will run from 5:00 PM on September 3rd to 3:00 (PDT) on September 4th. This maintenance is aimed at "increasing the number of available Worlds, reducing stress on the Duty Finder servers, and increasing the number of concurrent logins allowed for each server."
Acknowledging the hassle its recent problems have caused its players, Square Enix will be giving all accounts seven days of extra free play time. Additionally, "users who have yet to enter their registration codes will receive an additional seven-day trial should they register before 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on September 9, 2013."
Source: Square Enix