Over the weekend, the hit MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV broke its own record for the number of concurrently logged in players on Steam. According to SteamDB, the number of players totaled 47,542 – and this is only through the Steam client, despite the fact that FFXIV has its own separate client, and a fairly large proportion of users play from consoles (PlayStation 4 and 5). The servers were overcrowded, any player would have noticed.
Quite strange, isn’t it? No patch was released this week, the next major update (Endwalker) will be in November, the last Steam record, 41,200 players, was marked at the start of the previous update – Shadowbringers.
What happened? In the wake of another exodus of players from the slowly losing its position “top MMO” World of Warcraft, many active WoW streamers began to look for a new game. Final Fantasy XIV was the obvious choice for most. For example, the popular WoW streamer Asmongold has been playing and actively streaming FFXIV for several days, his first video on the topic has gained almost 700 thousand views. The streamer fans followed him to the Cactuar server, and the server almost fell under such pressure.
It is unknown if WoW players will end up remaining in Final Fantasy XIV, but why not? The game is actively developing thanks to a team that is not afraid of experiments, an excellent leader and support from Square Enix. It has it all: an exciting story, great group content, good graphics, a friendly community with a built-in help system for beginners. In November, as mentioned, a new storyline add-on, Endwalker, is released. And anyone who just wants to try the game, but is afraid that he will not like it, can download a free trial version !.