Square Enix suspended the FFXIV Data Center Travel feature immediately after launch due to congestion. The company noted that, after it arrived with update 6.18, visit requests were at 15,000 per minute. As such, it is temporarily disallowing the option.
The FFXIV Data Center Travel congestion issues kicked off almost immediately after the feature became available. Early on July 5, 2022, Square Enix alerted people to problems. It also took to Twitter to explain what people could expect while the service was still live. It noted that any world ends up billed as “congested,” then no one will be able to visit it.
The FFXIV issues also led to an update on Japanese, North American, and European worlds. At time of writing, Balmung on Crystal was congested in North America. In Europe, Louisoix and Spriggan on Chaos and Phoenix and Zodiark on Light wouldn’t allow new character creation. In Japan, Tonberry, Typhon, Bahamut, Durandal, Ridill, Ixion, Masamune, Pandaemonium, Mandragora, Shinryu, Unicorn, and Zeromus all were labeled as “congested.”
Final Fantasy XIV is available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. The 6.18 update is available now. There is no word yet when the FFXIV Data Center Travel system will resume. When the feature does return, Square Enix noted it will re-open “gradually.”