Final Fantasy XIV players have had trouble with logging into the game since the Stormblood expansion launched for early access on June 16th. The reason behind this issue are DDoS attacks, according to the game’s staff. The attacks are causing massive server overloads, which leads to both login problems and players getting disconnected from the game.
Stormblood, the second expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, dropped on June 16th in early access. Ever since, players have been having problems logging into the game. The problem got worse this weekend, with login queues extending over 6.000 users, according to Polygon. Even when they managed to log in, a lot of players would end up disconnected. Worse still, the huge overload has caused significantly increased load times. and even rendered certain quests impossible to complete.
Complaints started pouring in, and the staff looked into the problem. As it turns out, the cause of all the commotion are DDoS attacks. Square Enix revealed this in a recent post on the game’s website:
We have confirmed that since Jun. 16th, we have been experiencing DDoS attacks from an anonymous third-party targeting the FINAL FANTASY XIV game servers on the NA data center.
Our technical staff is taking every possible measure to address this issue but the attack is still continuing to take place by changing their methods at every moment. We will continue to monitor and work on recovery from every possible angle.
The post then goes on to reassure players that their login info and other personal data is safe. The attacks focus only on causing server overload; the hackers aren’t after sensitive information, it seems. Hopefully, the technical staff will soon be able to fight the attacks off. Until then, players will have to stay patient. We’ll keep you posted as the situation unfolds.