FFXIV Maintenance Completed, but Data Center Travel Struggles [UPDATED]
Editor’s Note: Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.18 maintenance is complete, and the game has been restored to its original state. Players had difficulties using the new data center travel system. The FFXIV team stated that they received 15,000 requests for data center travel every minute. They temporarily suspended this feature via a blog post to The Lodestone.
Editor’s Note (7/4/2022), FFXIV Patch 6.18 maintenance began July 4 at 3:00 a.m. PT and will end July 5 at 3:00 a.m. PT. FFXIV will be offline for 24 hours to allow the installation of new servers and data centers, as well as a variety of in-game modifications. For more information on FFXIV 6.18, please visit our latest article. This article includes details about data center travel, PVP tweaks, Job adjustments, and rewards changes. This is the original article that was published on June 21, 2022.
The Lodestone posted a new post that detailed the rollouts of Japanese and European servers and data centers for Final Fantasy XIV. It was also announced that the post would be included in FFXIV Patch 6.18. This patch will launch on July 5, 2022. The Data Center Travel System will also go live on this day. This long-awaited feature is finally here! You can now visit your friends at other data centers in the same area.
This means that the game will not be available to implant FFXIV patch 6.18. Due to the technical overhaul, the maintenance will be scheduled for 24 hours. The exact maintenance time is unknown, but it should cover most of July 5. This article will be updated as soon as we get more information.
How Data Center Travel Works
To visit servers at another data center, you must start the data center travel process from the character select screen. Once FFXIV Patch 6.18 is live, there will be an option in your menu. The transfer process will start by allowing you to select the server and data center that you wish to visit.
This system implementation allows you to visit only your region’s data centers (or physical centers) during operation. Servers in Europe, Japan, and Oceania are unavailable to players on North American servers. The FFXIV team plans to expand the feature to all data centers. Given the differences in data centers between regions, they will monitor player activity and in-game economy.
The [Traveler] tag is added to the character names of players who visit another data center. However, there are some restrictions on what you can do with other data centers.
Restrictions on Data Center Travel
Those who visit different data centers will be FFXIV patch 6.2 will allow users to create a CWLS from other data centers. Alternatively, players can join in on the fun, complete quests, and explore the world through instances, much like they would with the World Visit System.
New Servers and Bonuses
After FFXIV patch 6.18 launches, four (4) additional servers will be available for European players. The Chaos data center will have Sagittarius, Phantom, and the Light data center will have Alpha and Raiden. Japanese players will get a new server but not a new data center. To create more servers in each data center, servers will be moved around. Later, additional servers will be available for North American players.
In-game perks will be available to players who transfer characters or create new ones on a newly minted server. As gear, the new characters will receive double EXP up to level 80 and 10 Silver Chocobo Feathers. They’ll receive 1,000,000 Gil and 15-days of free subscription time if they reach level 30. Transferring to a new server gives characters double EXP, up to level 80. However, this is only for 90 days. You will receive 10 Gold Chocobo Feathers to help you mount rare items and other things. If the character has a plot of land or an apartment, they will receive Gil back.
Housing will not be immediately available if you intend to transfer or make a new character on a server. Before allowing housing to be opened on new servers, the FFXIV group will ensure that servers are stable.