Final Fantasy XIV Finally Gets the Recognition it Deserves
With more than 3 million active players, Final Fantasy XIV is the most profitable and successful Final Fantasy game to date.
After what seemed like forever for the fans, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is officially live. Players can expect a lot of new story content, system updates, and class changes galore for the MMO. But you know what makes the Endwalker expansion so special? It’s a massive success compared to the previous releases. As of now, Final Fantasy XIV’S current active daily population has nearly doubled due to the droves of people that Endwalker brought–that’s 3.35 active FFXIV accounts! This, in itself, has cemented the critically-acclaimed MMORPG to be one of the most active, right now. And more importantly, it feels as if FF14 finally got the recognition it deserves.
Breaking the 2 Million Mark
Before Endwalker entered Early Access, Final Fantasy XIV had about 2 million activeFFXIV accounts on any given day. There were gradual increases here and there that eventually saw the MMO steal the lead from its competitors, but altogether, the numbers weren’t too mind-blowing. Fast forward after its launch, the game’s active population went through the roof, with 3.35 million active players booting up FF14 regularly–that’s more than double of the runner-ups (World of Warcraft and RuneScape)!
Final Fantasy XIV used to be neck and neck with World of Warcraft, an MMO that’s nearly 20 years old in the gaming market. Compared to FFXIV, World of Warcraft has had a long time to nurture and grow a massive rapport and community. During 2018, WoW was at its peak, reaching an average active population that’s similar to FF14’s current count, however, it’s been seen that the numbers have steadily decreased over the last few years.
Why the Population Has Spiked
There are several reasons for the paradigm shift that we’re experiencing. Final Fantasy XIV has an incredible community, great storytelling, and immense developer support, all of which have contributed to its meteoric rise; it makes sense for a solid game to gain popularity over time.
Then there’s also the current state of other MMOs such as World of Warcraft. WoW’s storytelling and design decisions these days are often seen with mixed reactions. Not to mention the recent allegations of sexual assault/harassment and racial discrimination surrounding the higher-ups of Activision Blizzard have further soured its reputation, resulting in much of its player base seeking out other games to play.
Players Receive Free Game Time Following Long Queues for FFXIV
Final Fantasy XIV has smashed all of its concurrent player count records on Steam due to everyone heading in to check out the latest content expansion, Endwalker. This is certainly good news for the developers and Naoki Yoshida, the director and producer of the much-loved MMO. But even the ballooning popularity of FF14 comes at a price.
Since the day that Final Fantasy XIV launched its latest expansion, a huge influx of players are experiencing long servers queues and frequent disconnects. According to Yoshida, the extremely large number of players trying to get into the servers resulted in queues being lengthened dramatically. As compensation, the developers and Square Enix announced a plan to give seven free days of game time to all players who own the full version of Final Fantasy 14 and have an active subscription. It was also confirmed that this compensation gift will be given to anyone who’s currently playing the MMO through a free trial that comes with registering the full version of the game, as well as those with multiple accounts.
Square Enix Cashes In: FFXIV is the Most Profitable Final Fantasy Game
Final Fantasy XIV just reached 24 million players worldwide, cementing it as the most profitable Final Fantasy game to date–what a feat! Given the incredible influx of players that the game has received over the last handful of months, it’s no surprise that the MMO would exceed the sales numbers of their Square Enix’s single-player Final Fantasy titles.
In fact, in mid-July, FFXIV got so popular to the point that Square Enix ran out of digital codes for PC temporarily. Needless to say, the 11-years old FF game couldn’t be in better standing.
What a time to be alive for Final Fantasy 14 fans. With the Endwalker expansion drawing many new and old players alike, the MMO is setting records that we’ve never seen before. Millions of players constantly log into their FFXIV accounts following the launch of Endwalker, and while the question of how many of those players were able to get into the game successfully is a story for another time, we’re proud of FFXIV’s growth and success.
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