Final Fantasy 14 has been enjoying a moment in the sun as players flock to the popular MMORPG and its critically acclaimed story content. Square Enix has encountered a flaw, and some players are unable to enter the game due to a recent DDOS breach.
The issue has been identified in a post on the official forums on Tuesday evening. As a result, North American players are experiencing the following problems:
Worlds, a data center located in North America, is disconnected.
Difficulty logging into North American data center Worlds
Difficulty in accessing, sending, and receiving data from North American data centers
A distributed-denial-of-service is a malicious attack in which someone attempts to disrupt a sever. DDoS attacks are fairly straightforward; they involve applying brute force to the target by overwhelming it with Internet traffic. Servers for an MMORPG like Final Fantasy 14 are able to handle large player bases, but a DDoS attack can make it difficult to distinguish which connections are legitimate users from which ones are part of the attack.
No one has taken responsibility for this incident yet. In July, director Naoki Yoshida announced that a planned data center expansion in North America would be postponed for several months due to a semi-conductor shortage. The second stage of the expansion will take place in the spring or summer of 2023.