The developers of FINAL FANTASY XIV have announced in an official statement that hardware upgrades are planned for the North American servers. The goal is to provide optimal support for future updates and ensure the best possible gaming experience. This will require an extended maintenance period, which is planned for all worlds. The maintenance work is necessary to update the hardware of the North American server data centers. However, the physical location of these centers will remain unchanged. All content (including character data) will be automatically transferred to the new servers.
There will be no changes to the data selection, character data, or server selection, and the FINAL FANTASY XIV development and operations teams will take the utmost care to ensure a safe and successful transfer, so players will not need to take any additional measures.
Maintenance during hardware replacement
Due to potential transmission errors during hardware replacement, all worlds in physical and logical data centers will undergo maintenance. The maintenance period will take place from Monday, April 3, 2023 at 3:00 a.m. (PDT) / 10:00 a.m. (GMT) / 11:00 a.m. (BST) / 8:00 p.m. (AEST) until Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 3:00 a.m. (PDT) / 10:00 a.m. (GMT) / 11:00 a.m. (BST) / 8:00 p.m. (AEST). This time will also be used to apply Patch 6.38. We apologize for the long maintenance time and thank players for their understanding and patience.
Automatic content transfer
There is no need to worry about content transfer, as all character information and world content will be automatically transferred to the new servers. The developers of FINAL FANTASY XIV have confirmed that no changes will be made to data selection, character data, and server selection, and all players can continue to play as usual after the hardware upgrade is completed.
Optimizations for future updates
The FINAL FANTASY XIV developers have made it clear that the goal of these hardware upgrades is to ensure an optimal player experience for all players. With the new hardware, future updates can be efficiently carried out to ensure higher stability and improved performance. The developers are aware that a smooth player experience is of the utmost importance and their priority is to guarantee this through constant improvements and upgrades.
No immediate action required
The announcement of the hardware upgrade has caused concern for some players that they need to take action to protect their data. The good news is that no action is required on the player's side. The FINAL FANTASY XIV development and operations teams will do everything possible to ensure a safe and successful transfer of all data to the new servers. Players can relax and wait for the maintenance to be completed.