How Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s World Transfer Service Works

By Sato . October 1, 2013 . 2:00pm


Many players have been exploring Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, but unfortunately, not all players have been able to share their adventures with friends after being restricted from joining over-crowded servers. Producer Naoki Yoshida shared some good news for those wishing to play in other worlds.


According to Yoshi-P, the World Transfer Service will launch sometime within the next two weeks. While this service will require a fee later on, to make up for any inconveniences, for the first five days Square Enix will allow players to move to a different server for free. Due to the overwhelming amount of players, they will also be enhancing the existing servers and are expected to add new ones to help alleviate server congestion.


Those who wish to change Worlds, whether it’s because they like the name of another server or they just want to play with friends who happen to be on different server, will be able to soon. However, there will also be a few rules to it before the migrating takes place.


For now, you’ll be restricted to transferring from one world to another, at a time. You’ll be able to move up to eight characters in one move, as long as they’ll all be going to the same server.


For example, if you wish to move character 1 and 2 from World A, to Worlds B and C, it will require two transfers.


There will also be additional requirements that characters must meet prior to moving to another World.


  • Must not be part of a Free Company.


  • Must be logged out at the moment of transfer.


  • Must not have any items in the market.


  • Players may be limited to how much Gil they can carry over.


If a character has the same name as yours on the server you’re joining, they will have priority over the name, and you’ll be required to make a change. Joining an already over-crowded server might be more difficult to login during peak hours, due to its restriction of 8,000 simultaneous online players per server, for the time being.


The reason they’re limiting the amount of Gil you can carry over, is to help fight against RMTs (Real Money Traders). The limit has not been announced as of yet, but Yoshi-P urges players to first look at the limited amount prior to moving servers.


Again, choosing which server a group of friends decide to join are completely up to them, but Yoshida also suggests looking at which Worlds are crowded prior to making a choice, in order to further avoid login issues during peak hours. Square Enix will be providing a list of populated servers sometime soon.

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  • Draparde

    I personally don’t need to change servers, but if i did those sound like tottally normal requirements to me.

    i know i have a friend with a legacy character they’d like to transfer (even though their new one outlvs them lol)

    speaking of legacy, i wonder if they’ll be able to transfer out of their own servers now… my friend plans on going Legacy > legacy. so i wont find out from him lol

    • Jordan Coleman

      The gil thing is strange. Don’t think you have to lose anything in say Guild Wars 2. It’s all very seemless there.

      • Draparde

        Hm, yeah i suppose i can see that.

        Though i know why they do it. personally it depends on the amount on if i’ll find it very restricting to me though. i’d like to think it will be a high amount of gil. i hope so anyway lol.

      • The Gil thing is more about punishing those that actually fall for the “RMT” schemes, rather than the “RMT” itself. Basically, those that do the transactions are very likely to not transfer at all. Which will allow SE to have higher chances to capture and terminate/suspend those accounts.

  • Crevox

    My question is whether or not a legacy player can transfer to a non-legacy server.

    • They can. It was confirmed a very long time ago. In fact, it was one of the MAIN things to test in Phase 3 and 4 of the Beta Tests! Remember?

      • Crevox

        They confirmed it would happen within 6 months of the game’s launch, but they didn’t confirm whether or not they would allow it with this specific offer/transfer program release.

        • Well, ALL Players are counted for this service. The Server Transfer service was primarily focused for the Legacy Players, first and foremost. And really, most of the Legacy Players I’ve met don’t really care much to move out fro their home worlds. 92% of my friends are Legacy Players, and they are more up-to-date about this business than I am. And they do bother to keep me up-to-date.

          • Crevox

            The world transfer service is focused for everyone. Many, many new players couldn’t create characters on the servers with their friends and play with them due to creation locks, even on non-legacy servers.

          • Eugene Chen

            “Furthermore, it will be possible to move from a new World to a new World, a Legacy World to a Legacy World, and a new World to a Legacy World. In the future, we will look at economic conditions on new Worlds and plan on making it possible to transfer from Legacy Worlds to new Worlds; however, this option will not be available at the start of the World Transfer Service. We appreciate your understanding.”

            Nope, you can’t transfer from legacy to non-legacy for the time being

          • Crevox

            This is what I wanted to see

          • Gonzothegreat198

            It will actually depend on what they mean by new worlds. It could mean that you can transfer to non legacy worlds, just not the new ones, say the ones they are adding and the ones that were just recently added.

          • Eugene Chen

            I highly doubt that’s what Yoshi P meant but it might be possible. We can only wait and see then.

  • Rudy Soto

    Wait a minute, what fee? Is this for people who are undergoing a free trial or does this apply to people who have valid subscriptions?

    • Crevox

      First five days is free. After that, the world transfer service costs money.

      • Rudy Soto

        I was never really interested in transferring servers until now, so I never figured that server transfers was a charged service.

        • Server Transfer is a HUGE deal in many MMOs. Think of it as taking a plane to another Country. And think of the “Gil Cap Limit” as a simple Currency Exchange to the local currency that you’ll be using in the next Country… or something like that.

          I’ll leave the explanation to the reason why it is such a huge deal to another kind poster.

        • Gonzothegreat198

          The only mmo that doesn’t have paid transfers right now is RIFT(not counting TSW but thats a whole different ballgame)

  • Guest

    Hmmm… I feel kind of bad like I’m gaming the system… but I wonder if I can get a name change out of this by making a character with the same name on the server I want to move to?

    Like choosing an available server release day, the name I chose wasn’t my top choice either…

  • iamamoogle

    I feel kind of bad like I’m gaming the system… but I wonder if I can get a name change out of this by making a character with the same name on the server I want to move to?

    Like choosing an available server release day, the name I chose wasn’t my top choice either…

    • Gonzothegreat198

      It’s common practice to do just that on most mmo’s with server transfers

  • new_tradition

    I’ve more or less been a loner on the Shiva EU server I initially chose, so I haven’t really made any ties to it. I live in Canada, so I guess moving to an NA server is one reason, but I don’t know which one to choose…


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