FFXIV adds separate zones to help Day One Endwalker Server Congestion
Ah, expansion launch day. Everyone will rush to get a jump on the journey to the end when Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker opens its early access on December 3. Imagine thousands of people trying to squeeze through the same door.
I can still recall the sheer number of people trying to complete the task “Best Served With Cold Steel” in the Stormblood main storyline. It was nearly impossible to find Raubahn, the quest-giver among so many players. Even if you were able to, the duty instance had problems loading. The entire experience was so chaotic that players called it “Raubahn” (Savage) or “Raubahn Extreme.”
That was before the influx of HTMLXIV players.
Launch day will bring server problems. Square Enix is aware of this, and so does the community. The FFXIVteam outlined their plans to address some server congestion issues. The first is a queue for login, preventing people from overloading the login server. This will be in addition to the ability to temporarily log on to another world server as an option introduced with Patch 5.57.
A new feature is the introduction of an area instance system. Square Enix has been testing this system for Endwalker. The server will create a new instance of each zone once it reaches its maximum number of players. For example, if Garlemald has too many players, the server will create another instance of that zone. If Garlemald has reached its maximum, it will create a third instance.
Each instance in a region will have a number and be visible to players. Garland 1 Garlemald 2 Garlemald 3 You’ll automatically be sent to the appropriate instance when you enter a region. This is because players on different instances won’t be visible to you on your other instances. While you can still communicate with them through Tell, their characters will not be physically present. FFXIV will attempt to place party members in the same instance. However, they might be separated.
Don’t be too concerned though as you have the option to choose which instance you want to enter. You can choose the instance you wish to enter by entering a region via its normal entrance, rather than teleporting. The same list can be accessed by an aetheryte.
It’s a fairly standard solution to congestion. It will fade into the background when players get used it or daily player counts drop. It’s all possible with a little fiddling and some party coordination.
Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker will be available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 starting December 7, 2021. Pre-orders get early access starting December 3. You can see all the preview content we have provided in the lead-up to The Linkshell’s launch. Our new Final Fantasy XIV vertical is coming soon!