Today Square Enix shared news about its super-popular MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, including server upgrades and a seasonal event.
First of all, we hear that the server hardware of the North American data centers is getting an upgrade "In order to deliver an optimal gaming experience for future updates."
While this is good news, it'll also bring an extended downtime period for the game, with the servers closing temporarily on April 3, 2023, at 3:00 a.m. PDT, and reopening a full 24 hours later on April 4, 2023, at 3:00 a.m PDT. This will affect all data centers, not just the North American region. At the same time, update 6.38 will be implemented.
Besides the downtime, players won't be affected by the change, and all data will be transferred seamlessly to the new hardware without requiring any action on our part.
On top of the server news, we hear about the upcoming Hatching-Tide Easter event, which this year feels a bit like Halloween for some reason?
The event starts on Monday, March 27, and ends on Monday, April 10. In order to participate, players of level 15 or higher will have to find Jihli Aliapoh at the usual amphitheater in Gridania and receive the quest Get Along and Play Knife.
Prizes for the event include an adorable Tonberry Costume, a "Frighten" emote, wall artwork for your in-game house, and a "Pa-Paya Demastered" orchestrion roll.
Final Fantasy XIV is currently available for PS5, PS4, and PC both on Steam and via stand-alone client. The game is one of the most popular MMORPGs on currently available the planet, having pulled a basically miraculous recovery with its relaunch as "A Realm Reborn" in 2013 after its original release in 2010.
After its fourth expansion "Endwalker," it currently counts 27 million registered accounts worldwide. The game just received its update 6.35 with plenty of new content for players to enjoy and a rather interesting collaboration with Puma including plenty of sneakers and apparel has been launched in several countries and will come soon to North America. The English localization of the Final Fantasy XIV: Eorzea Academy Manga by Esora Amaichi has also been announced by Square Enix yesterday.
News about update 6.4 will be shared on Friday, March 31, at 4:00 am PDT with a new Letter from the Producer Live broadcast. Of course, you can expect a full report here on TechRaptor as soon as the event ends.