Square Enix extends Final Fantasy 14 free play time amid server woes

Emergency maintenance scheduled for tonight.

Square Enix has extended the Final Fantasy 14 free play time as its servers continue to buckle under the pressure of players.

The fantasy MMO has been unplayable for many since launch due to Square Enix failing to prepare appropriately for the number of gamers attempting to log in.

The company will haul the MMO offline tonight for emergency maintenance in an attempt to fix the problem - and has extended the free trial to say sorry for the ongoing issues.

"Because login and character creation restrictions have hindered our ability to provide quality service, all Final Fantasy 14 service accounts will receive an additional seven days of free play time," Square Enix said.

"Furthermore, users who have yet to enter their registration codes will receive an additional seven-day trial should they register before 11.59 pm (PDT) on September 9, 2013. Moving forward, we will continue monitoring the servers to ensure that quality service and support are provided in a timely manner."

The emergency maintenance runs from 5pm PDT tonight (1am tomorrow, Wednesday UK time) for 10 hours "for the purpose of increasing the number of available Worlds, reducing stress on the Duty Finder servers, and increasing the number of concurrent logins allowed for each server".

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