The number of players logging in during last weekend’s crash caused the server to become overloaded once again. A sudden wave of players hit the North American server in the second week of July, and the following week the game again experienced congestion on the European server.
Many people on Reddit shared that they couldn’t play Final Fantasy XIV on European servers because they were all overloaded. One player who tried the free version said that he couldn’t even get into the queue. Although the servers are running at full speed, players can still purchase Final Fantasy XIV from Square Enix’s European digital store.
It’s no surprise that the number of Final Fantasy XIV players continues to grow. According to SteamDB, the number of online players reached a new high of 67,148 over the weekend, while just a week earlier, this number had just reached 58,046.
Final Fantasy XIV’s recent surge in popularity is mainly due to World of Warcraft players who are curious about Square Enix’s online role-playing game. Popular WoW content creator Zack ‘Asmongold’ could play a key role in this change. Zack’s recent videos on Twitch and YouTube feature introductions to Final Fantasy XIV for newcomers. Additionally, the abundant posts from World of Warcraft players on the FFXIV subreddit are another reason.
Furthermore, a series of attractive in-game events ahead of the release of Endwalker and free login incentives to welcome the return of former players will surely also attract a certain number of players to FFXIV.