Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launched yesterday on PlayStation Network and PC, but all digital distribution methods were pulled by Square Enix overnight after gamers were failing to log in around the country. Sales have temporarily stopped until Square Enix can bring the servers up to speed.
So much for the smooth relaunch of your apology game that everyone is already wary about. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn joins a long list of online only games which are suffering through catastrophic launches thanks to poor server quality. If Diablo 3 and Sim City already weren't enough of a warning sign, then maybe Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn won't be either.
Publishers! You seriously need to bring their servers up to quality before the game launches, not after. This ill preparation and constant string of bad news isn't helping your case for a fully digital future, now is it?
You can still pick up the physical release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn in stores, but you might want to wait until Square Enix can solve this problem.
On the brighter side of the rainbow, Square Enix must be happy that so many have taken the chance to buy its revamped MMORPG on the first day. Not a day goes by that Final Fantasy fans try to forget the painful sting of Final Fantasy XIV, but Square Enix has taken the road less traveled and rebuilt the game from the ground up after listening to its audience's poor reaction. The unprecedented move has created a game that just might be worthy of your $15 a month.
Even I have fallen in love with the new characters, monsters, world, and music ever since the announcement, labeling it "the HD Final Fantasy I have always wanted to play," and I was just on the verge of finally playing it before this news came out.
Hopefully Square Enix can get this under wraps and this promising MMORPG can finally get underway. Above is the game's North American launch trailer. What do you think? I'm still amazed.