Final Fantasy 14 producer and director Naoki Yoshida has addressed the recent server congestion issues that are wreaking havoc on the long-running MMO after a “harrowing and unexpected” surge in popularity for the game.

“Final Fantasy 14 is experiencing a dramatic increase in its player base right now,” said Yoshida in a post on the game’s website. “We recently saw record user numbers in all regions, with a large number of new players embarking on their adventures.” In fact, earlier this month the game successfully broke its concurrent player record on Steam, hitting 47,542 concurrent players from the previous record of 41,200 in June 2019.

While it is undoubtedly a boon to the potential longevity of the now decade-old MMO, this “extreme influx” of new players has, as Yoshida puts it, strained Final Fantasy 14’s servers, with congestion issues leading to long queues and preventing players from create new characters.

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