This Spring, Square Enix plans to beef up its server infrastructure to better handle the influx of players that will access the game for July Shadowbringers expansion. You may recall congestion woes during the early access phase preceding the Stormblood expansion where players were bottle-necked in story progress due to the servers needing to create an individual instance for each player.
In order to execute this, the team announced that they needed to reorganize the ‘World’ groupings. Currently, Final Fantasy XIV’s worlds represent everyone you can see in-game outside of instanced duties — when you use matchmaking features like the Duty Finder, it pulls from all worlds in your data center.
With that in mind, the team is also implementing a new feature before the Shadowbringers expansion which will allow you to visit other worlds on your data center by using the main aetheryte in each of the three initial city-states. However, if your world is moved to a new data center, you won’t be able to interact with people in worlds in your previous data center.
Square Enix has shared a new post on the Lodestone that details which worlds are moving where for the reorganization. World reorganization is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd in Europe and Tuesday, April 23rd in North America — both will be accompanied by a maintenance session.
In order to ease the transition for players, Square Enix is offering a free world transfer application for a two-week period following your region’s reorganization date. So that’s April 15th at the latest for European players and May 6th for North American players.
Europe – Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
North America – Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers will release on July 2nd, 2019 for Windows PC, Steam, and PlayStation 4, and Mac.