Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is due to launch on July 2nd, but those who have pre-ordered the expansion can get early access starting from today. To prevent a reoccurence of the server issues that plagued the launch of Stormblood, Square Enix has implemented some congestion prevention measures.
If you want to enjoy your early access to Shadowbringers, you'll already need to have completed certain quests within Stormblood. Once those are done, players with active subscriptions will be prioritised in any login queues that may occur. Players will automatically be logged out after 30 minutes of inactivity to try to ease congestion. There may be queues for instanced battle content, although players will be informed of their position in the queue, and there will be multiple field instances (a copy of an area you're travelling into) for new areas and some existing areas. You won't be able to see characters in different instances, even if they're technically in the same area of the game, although you will be able to send Tells.
While players around the world will be trying out the new content, Square Enix has joined forces with the Gary Sinise Foundation to support the real life "Warriors in the Darkness". The money raised by the Warriors in the Darkness website goes towards national and local programmes that honour America's defenders, veterans, first responders, and their families. If you feel like helping out, you can make a donation here. Square Enix has pledged to match all donations made to the foundation up to a value of US$50,000, and they've put together a video to highlight some of the heroes players will be helping:
The Warriors in the Darkness partnership will run until August 14th, so if you're planning on donating, make sure to do so before that date so Square Enix can match your pledge.
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