It felt lately like FF 14 was picking up steam. Lots of people seem to be playing it, there’s queues sometimes to log in, character creation restriction at certain hours and many other signs of an MMO that’s doing well. Just myself I’ve been spending more and more time in-game lately to the point where I’ve considered things like skipping work to get in a few more hours of game-time (I have resisted thus far…). Not since Vanilla WoW had this happened to me.
Well now we know how well the game is doing and the magic number is 4 million players, an increase of 1.5 million on year according to some sources. Of course, of these 4 million we don’t know exactly how many are active players, free trials and so forth but an increase is an increase and my in-game experiences do fit with a game that is growing. To celebrate, Square Enix is offering a free weekend to everyone who wants to try the game.
As to the why it’s always hard to explain but I think the game is reaching a nice maturity and the frequent updates featuring lots of content helps keep people occupied and playing the game. Most of its constant is accessible if you’re willing to put in some time and I think that plays a big part in the game success, people don’t feel locked out of doing what they want. Even raiding is pretty accessible thanks to tools like Duty finder and Party finder.
Congratulations to the FF 14 team and may Heavensward send these numbers even higher.