There’s been a decent amount of noise from the FFXIV camp lately and a lot of the fans are very excited. Well, now there’s even more news coming out of Gamescom.
According to a group interview with Square Enix director / producer Naoki Yoshida, players will have to prepare for some down time “some day in the near future”. The team plans to take the original servers completely offline in order to allow the team to transfer player data out of the current version of the game and into the new one.
For continuity — and fun — the team has plans for some great event before the servers go down. According to Yoshida:
Basically what’s going to happen is that the current story is still continuing now, but some day in the near future – and we’ll make sure we tell the players what day that is – something is going to happen in the story, and at that time the servers are going to shut down.
He also pointed out that players will have plenty of warning about the shutdown. Once everything is back up and running, the system will start over with alpha and beta phases before a relaunch later this year.
Current players will be given priority in A Realm Reborn‘s beta queue and will even be able to take their current characters in with them. Players wanting to use their current characters may not get into the beta right away, but the team is working to make it happen as quickly as possible.
Yoshida also discussed the game’s future on consoles. Because the team has promised that XIV will be available on PS3, they will be releasing the game on that system. However, the team realizes that as consoles go, we are nearing the end of a cycle and they believe they have made the game scaleable enough to work on whatever systems we may see in the future.
To prove the point, Yoshida gave a demonstration of the game running on a Sony Vaio laptop with a Core i5 processor, stating that the game was running at about 70 percent optimization.