Square Enix’s Final Fan­ta­sy 14 is doing real­ly well, with a pop­u­la­tion that has exploded..and it’s caused some prob­lems. Login queues have been an issue, and now play­ers can not cre­ate new char­ac­ters on worlds occu­py­ing the game’s most pop­u­lat­ed North Amer­i­can data center.

All worlds on the Aether data cen­ter are now clas­si­fied as “con­gest­ed,” which means they are actu­al­ly full. Square Enix states it has already expand­ed the max­i­mum world capac­i­ty a much as pos­si­ble. If they expand any fur­ther, it would end with hours-long queues for play­ers. Obvi­ous­ly, Square Enix wants to avoid this.

New play­ers, or those look­ing to cre­ate a new char­ac­ter, will need to head to a world host­ed on either the game’s Pri­mal or Crys­tal North Amer­i­can data cen­ters for now. Although, Square Enix warns those worlds are heav­i­ly pop­u­lat­ed as well.

Square Enix states it would like to expand its data cen­ters and add new worlds, but its not that sim­ple right now. The glob­al short­age of semi­con­duc­tors means the com­pa­ny is “still strug­gling” to get the equip­ment to make upgrades to the game’s infra­struc­ture. COVID-19 restric­tions in Japan also make it dif­fi­cult to trav­el out­side the coun­try to imple­ment serv­er upgrades.

Some upgrades will be com­ing to Euro­pean data cen­ters, with a hot­fix increas­ing world capac­i­ty in the region. Addi­tion­al upgrades should be com­ing in Sep­tem­ber that will allow for even more players.

Con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, we will like­ly require more time in imple­ment­ing our large-scale solu­tions,” Square Enix writes in an offi­cial post on the Final Fan­ta­sy 14 web­site. “The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing our infra­struc­ture are far from ide­al, but I promise that we will con­tin­ue to per­se­vere in imple­ment­ing any solu­tions we can!”