FFXIV Stormblood Forcing Player Logouts To Tackle Peak Queues

Servers are still undergoing some issues, so you have to get off Square Enix' lawn.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood has launched to the masses and while Square Enix has fended off a DDoS attack and dealt with other server issues, peak hour play is still a problem on some servers. To deal with the issue, the publisher is taking an interesting tactic: automatically logging off every player once a day. The problem as Square Enix sees it, are players who use methods to keep them from being flagged as away-from-keyboard, which starts a 30 minute logoff timer.

Square Enix, cutting down all players at once.

"In order to ease congestion issues at launch, we have placed a measure to automatically log out players who have been idle for 30 minutes. However, we have noticed a number of players using methods to circumvent this automatic logout. This has created a situation where the login queue cannot move forward during periods of heavy congestion," said the Final Fantasy XIV team in a statement.

"As such, we’ll be instituting a temporary measure that will log all characters out simultaneously across all Worlds on a data center once a day. Announcement for when this will take place will be made one hour prior via in-game system message. Please note that you will be logged out of the game even while inside of instances or duties," they added. "Players will not be able to log back into the game for about 10 minutes while this is being processed."

This is the first time I've heard of such a method in any massively multiplayer online title. Users on major servers like Balmung were still experiencing rather hefty login queues if the forums are to be believed.

Square Enix is trying hard to get players to move to other, less congested servers. The company is offering bonuses for creating a new character or transferring existing characters to new worlds. There's also a list of preferred worlds that Square Enix is offering character creation or transfer bonuses for.

Tagged with MMOs, News, PC, PlayStation 4, Square Enix.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Review

Now, this is a story all about how, our life got flipped—turned upside down.

Final Fantasy 14 Patch 5.0 Notes and Job Guide Shows Just How Far Job Changes Are Going

Square Enix releases the full patch notes for the upcoming expansion.

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Post-Launch Roadmap Revealed, Including Eden Raid Release Date

Here's when you can jump into the first raid for Shadowbringers.

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Will Bring Huge Changes to Jobs, Combat, and Quests

Final Fantasy 14 patch 5.0 is changing up the way the game is played.

A Yakuza JRPG and Our Other Favorite Video Game April Fools Jokes From Today

Here are the good gags from this year's April Fool's.

More News

Another Blizzard Co-Founder Is Leaving After Almost 30 Years With The Company

Only one of the original co-founders is left now.

Sega Parts Ways With Narrative Game Studio Interior Night

Narrative experiences don't seem like a fit for Sega.

Mario Rocks a Surprising Bald Look in an Ancient Donkey Kong Coloring Book

To be fair, losing your girlfriend to a giant ape will make you tear your hair out.

More on PC

Another Blizzard Co-Founder Is Leaving After Almost 30 Years With The Company

Only one of the original co-founders is left now.

Sega Parts Ways With Narrative Game Studio Interior Night

Narrative experiences don't seem like a fit for Sega.

GTA Online Casino Membership - VIP Membership Detailed

There are two tiers of membership for the new casino in Los Santos. Here’s what each gets you.

GTA Online Casino Penthouses - Arcade Games, Penthouse Garage

There’s a brand new type of real estate to enjoy in GTA Online. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Casino Penthouses.

Blacksad: Under the Skin Stars a Feline as a Detective, But It's No Kid-Friendly Zootopia

Blacksad: Under the Skin is like volume 2.5 in terms of when it takes place in the comic book series.

More MMO Games

Another Blizzard Co-Founder Is Leaving After Almost 30 Years With The Company

Only one of the original co-founders is left now.

Sky: Children of the Light Might Be the Best Looking Mobile Game Ever

Thatgamecompany's long-awaited follow-up to Journey has some beautiful clouds, and it looks surprisingly great on mobile too.

What Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Has to Say About Today's Real World Problems

Final Fantasy's latest expansion draws on our experiences to tell a fantastic story.