With the full launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn just around the corner (it's due out on PS3 and PC on August 27), there appears to be problems with the game's early access weekend.
With servers nearing capacity, many features - such as character creation - are being taken offline. Much to the annoyance of fans.
A Realm Reborn's director, Naoki Yoshida, posted the following message on the game's forum:
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.
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.
Final Fantasy XIV has led a troubled life, and A Realm Reborn is a complete overhaul of the original game, with Square Enix looking to address the issues present in the first release. You can read our own interview with Naoki Yoshida here, and our last preview of the MMO can found here.