The upcoming Island Sanctuary mode coming to Final Fantasy XIV.

Final Fantasy XIV Delays North American Data Center Expansion

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In August, Final Fantasy XIV will introduce plenty of new content with Patch 6.2. A new website has been unveiled detailing the upcoming patch, but director Naoki Yoshida has also shared bad news for North American players.

In a post made to the official website, Yoshida–affectionately known by the community as Yoshi-P–announced that the planned expansion of the North American Data Center would be delayed. Scheduled to take place in two parts, the first phase was set to take place in August 2022. Due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage, this date has been bumped to November 2022.

Recently, Final Fantasy XIV expanded its European and Japanese data centers to ease server congestion, which has been an ongoing problem since the release of the Endwalker expansion in November 2021.

“I sincerely apologize to those of you who have been looking forward to the first phase, which will add four Worlds under a new logical data center. We will share further schedule details as soon as they are decided, and ask for your patience in the meantime,” Yoshida wrote.

Next month’s 6.2 update, titled Buried Memory, will bring a large chunk of new content to the massively-popular MMO. Today, a new minisite was launched ahead of its release in late August. A new piece of artwork was also unveiled, which you can see below.

The main visual for the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV patch 6.2, Buried Memory.

Buried Memory will bring new main scenario quests and a new trial, along with new crafting recipes, mounts, minions, emotes, fashion accessories, and more. It will introduce a new dungeon, titled The Fell Court of Troia, and the High-end Raid Pandaemonium: Abyssos. Patch 6.25 will add the first variant dungeon, The Sil’dihn Subterrane, and the first Criterion Dungeons. Players can also look forward to a new Unreal trial, more Hildibrand quests, and new Tribe quests. Season 2 of the Crystalline Conflict PvP mode will be introduced with patch 6.18.

Patch 6.2 will also introduce the Island Sanctuary. First teased in February 2021, players will each have access to a private island where they can plant crops, care for creatures, and decorate to their heart’s content. Progression will be designed for solo play, but it will be possible to visit other islands. Yoshi-P noted in a recent interview that the islands will be quite large.

The 6.2 update will be coming to Final Fantasy XIV in late August.