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Final Fantasy 14 had such a spike in players that Square Enix temporarily ran out of digital copies

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Outside of the old guard, Final Fantasy 14 is probably the great success story in contemporary MMOs: continually updated with expansions that delight the playerbase and revitalise its world, telling shared stories that feel meaningful in a way few MMOs manage, and attracting more and more players through word-of-mouth. And this weekend, it got so popular that Square Enix somehow ran out of digital copies.

As spotted by u/Polydopamine over the weekend, Square Enix’s online store had zero stock of Final Fantasy 14 (though you could join a waiting list), and wasn’t allowing players to create new characters on any servers either.

The day you couldn't buy FFXIV.

(Image credit: u/Polydopamine)

This was as one would expect a temporary blip, and I’ve checked and the game is now available as a digital edition again, but what it does show is a massive spike in popularity at just around the same time as World of Warcraft is going through some difficulties with its playerbase.

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