Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Congestion is Pretty Bad

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood just launched today, at least for those who pre-ordered, and it’s already off to a not so stellar start. When servers went live at 2 am this morning, queues grew to exponential lengths (even though that’s to be expected), and the Duty Finder was having its share of issues. Fortunately, most of these concerns have been taken care of, with the exception of one that still plagues progression.

Best Served with Cold Steel, a relatively early on mission in Stormblood, puts players in their first instance, limiting levels to 62. Unfortunately, due to the stress of so many players trying to do this one mission, actually getting into that instance is becoming difficult. When you begin the mission, everything will look fine as it will play the opening cutscene. After the scene finishes, though, you might find yourself kicked back with the error “A system error occurred during event movement.”

We’re on a mid-to-low population server and, as of this posting, are still unable to access this mission. Now. this error isn’t going to affect everyone as there are people who were able to get past it, but considering this area has about three to four times the number of players as the second new map, it seems to be affecting quite a few. There are even reports of players forming lines to better get things rolling.

Granted, Stormblood just launched to early access players, but this has been less than ideal for the last twelve hours.