MMO launches are rarely smooth, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is no exception. Following major server and character creation issues even during the early access stage, Square Enix have given existing players an extra week of free subscriptions to make up for the aggravating delays.
Square's support site promises to fix many of the current problems surrounding logins and overpopulation during maintenance downtime tomorrow. "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," the update reads.
"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."
Monthly subscriptions start at £7.69.
Despite these server problems, Final Fantasy XIV's newly-improved rerelease made an impressive splash in this week's charts, doubly so since digital sales aren't included. And, erm, they had to stop selling it for a while.