Good news! Final Fantasy XIV players now have an additional 7 days of free play time. Publisher Square Enix has “admitted it has been unable to deliver a quality service since the title launched on PC and PS3 last week due to overwhelming demand, which resulted in the publisher temporarily halting digital sales as it attempted to expand server capacity to accommodate the number of people wanting to play.”
The login and character creation restrictions have also frustrated players, but fortunately Square Enix plans to fix these inconveniences. In a new service update, Square says, “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. Furthermore, users who have yet to enter their registration codes will receive an additional seven-day trial should they register before 23:59 (GMT) on September 9, 2013.”