Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn's producer and director Naoki Yoshida took to the game's official forums recently to apologize for the game's performance when it rolled out to pre-order customers over the weekend.
Those who pre-ordered the game were given early access to it before its full release on Aug. 27 for Windows PC and PlayStation 3. When logging into the game, a number of European and North American players experienced an error 1017 message saying "The World is currently full. Please wait until an opening is available and try again." Square Enix has also capped the character creation feature, preventing players from creating a new avatar.
"The maximum expected population limit is nearing for each World, and unless the current World simultaneous connection amount decreases, we are unable to open release the limitation," Yoshida wrote. "In case we do release the limitation, there is a high chance that the corresponding World will crash or cause issues, and we are thinking that it will be difficult for us to release it for a while. We please ask you to consider playing in a World that has a low limitation."
"We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause and ask to continue with your cooperation," he said.
Yoshida announced last month that Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will launch on PlayStation 4 in 2014, allowing players to transfer data from the PlayStation 3.