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FFXIV Regional Servers in 2.0

Submitted by on Tuesday, 23 October 2012No Comment

Due to some confusion regarding regional servers in Final Fantasy XiV: A Realm Reborn, Naoki Yoshida addresses players concerns in this producers letter.

I wanted to provide more details on how the servers will work because when I briefly explained about data centers it looks like there were a lot of players that had questions about it.

What’s going to happen is a player will be shown a complete list of worlds. Within the list, players will see which worlds are tied to which data centers (i.e. this world and this world is tied to the data center in Japan, this world and this world is tied to the data center in North America or Europe). Players will have the freedom of selecting any world they prefer.

This means that they can select a world that’s in the data center in their own region or they can select a world that’s based off of one in another region. For example, I would choose a world based in Japan because the data centers are physically closer to me. On the other hand, a North American or European player may choose a world based off of their data center centers to keep the lag to a minimum.

So let me make it clear that we’re not separating the worlds by language. For those who want to play with players outside of their region, they will have the choice of selecting a world that’s located in another region. Also, through the content finder, you will be able to select a language preference so for those who only wish to play with players that speak the same language, all they have to do is set the language preference to the language of their liking.

According to Yoshida, players will have the option to select any server from a list based on regional data centers. For example, servers A, B, and C connected to the US data center will be called US region. Server D, E, and F connected to the Japan data center will be called Japan region. Prior to this change servers A, B, C, D, and etc… were not labeled. It’s still not clear yet how this change will effect the content finder. What we do know is the content finder will be cross server with an option to set a language preference. I’m just going to speculate but I would imagine the content finder will be region based.

I really don’t know how I feel about this decision. I played Final Fantasy Xi Online since 2004 and the global severs have always been a unique aspect about the game. Just like its predecessor FFXIV servers are mainly comprised of Japanese players. This arrangement can be discouraging to non JP players due to a language barrier. I think the inability to communicate with the server majority puts non JP players at a slight disadvantage.

Don’t get me wrong. I love being able to play with players all across the world. Except when it boils down to statistics. If I’m trying to complete and progress through game content. I have a better chance at doing so on a server where I can communicate everyone. I’m not Japanese but I would imagine this change benefits their player base as well.

I learned a lot about the Japanese community and made quite a few friends playing Final Fantasy Online. I think the regional server change will help improve the non JP player base. I’m going to miss the old days but if this helps push FFXIV into the mainstream then I’m all for it.

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