Despite Square Enix’s best efforts to keep the troubled MMORPG alive and relevant player support for Final Fantasy XIV continues to dwindle. For the first time in over a year Square Enix has made it possible to view just how many players are online daily in Final Fantasy XIV.
The numbers aren’t very flattering.
According to the above chart passed along by Japanese websites the total amount of players in Final Fantasy XIV is at it’s lowest point since the game debuted last year. Due to theses numbers FFXIV Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida has outlined plans to merge the game’s 18 servers.
“Actually the world merge is currently in plan. We will first analyze the number of players in the game after the billing service begins. Based on that analysis, we will be running a simulation where the maximum concurrent access during the peak hours will become somewhere around 1500 to 2000 per World. * The above number is provisional and not a finalized number.
And with the method on how the world merge will be done, it will not be done in a simple method where World A and World B will merge into a single new World. In order for EU players to gather on the same server in a certain mass, we are planning to go with the method where the players from a World with a less population can designate the World they wish to transfer to.”
More details regarding the server merge is expected to be shared as early as next month. With Square Enix preparing to reinstate the monthly subscription fee for the MMO next month it will be intriguing to see which direction these numbers will head in 2012.