Digital sales between PC and PS3 COULD resume as early as next week, according to an article from DualShockers.
This is excellent news for me and many others who have had to wait on the sidelines, since the game went live. From the sounds of the article, it would appear that Square-Enix has made a slew of new improvements to the game; adding new servers, fixing login errors, and easing the stress of server crashing.
However, for those who dont yet know...Square-Enix has now implemented an AFK auto kick, that will boot you out of the game, after you have been idle for 30 minutes. This should be plenty of time, if you need to take a smoke break, potty break, grab a bite to eat, take a phone call or deal with your kids. If you feel like 30 minutes is too short and you might be distracted longer than that, then do the community a favor and log out until you can get back to the game. There are already people complaining about the 30 minute AFK kick....and to those people, I say "suck it up and deal with it." It puts less stress on the server and allows other people who want in, to get in without having to wait an eternity in queue.
Aside from all that...I hope you all have been enjoying your experience, so far...and I hope to join you all next week - HOPEFULLY.
EDIT: As Pyra pointed out, the announcement Yoshida made, was on the Japanese forums of FFXIV ARR. No such statements have YET to be made on the NA forums. Just to be clear.
Ok... just to point to it you did notice the forum link they refer too is in the Japanese section and not the Western side - yes?
Untill its on the western forum section this article needs to be taken with a grain of salt... just a friendly bit of advice do not take a 3rd party article to apply to the west till its on the western forums.... its sadly not Home... what happens on side A may.. may not happen on B.
If its going to the West we should see the same post appear by the end of the day based on what I've seen in the ARR forums
- Resumption of Digital Game Sales
In the most recent phase of improvements, we have focused on expanding server capacity along with adding additional Worlds and instance servers to increase the total number of players that can access the game.
This weekend, we will be monitoring server stability, keeping a close eye on the number of simultaneous logins, instances, and use of the duty finder. If all goes well, we plan to resume digital sales for each region.
"For each region"......so whether the original announcement was JP only or not, this pretty much declares their intentions to resume digital sales across ALL regions, by next week. At least...thats how IM taking it.
Digital sales have resumed on the NA Square-Enix site. Other sites as well as PSN are soon to follow.
I would expect FFXIV ARR to be available, this Tuesday...after the PS Store update. No solid confirmation from Sony, as of yet tho.
I bought the digital Collector's Edition of FFXIV AND GTA5.
Contrary to popular belief.....GTA is not the God of the gaming universe. It is a good game, but it didnt stop me (and probably a few others) from buying other games. ^_-
EDIT: FFXIV ARR is now on sale in the PS Store, both standard and collector's edition. I rushed to buy mine before they decide to pull it again. LOL