Here's the end of Final Fantasy XIV, Square-Enix's MMO getting a reboot in the form of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Fittingly for a flawed endeavor—one Square-Enix officially apologized for—the last day didn't go so well for some users.
A glut of traffic is to be expected whenever you're bringing down an MMO—who doesn't want to party like it's the end of the world?—bringing problems with it. Kotaku reader Endzo reports the finale was plagued by disconnections, login difficulties and error screens. "There were so many wanting to log on and fight in these promised epic battles that Square Enix had to start turning players away based on subscription end date," Endzo writes. Those who could get in had trouble with lag, in menus, and in forming parties. Those who were close to the servers were more likely to finally tangle with "gargantuan level 100 monsters that up to now were only seen in cut scenes."
"The last server message repeated before the servers unceremoniously closed with an abrupt r0: 'Confound it! We' ve lost contact with the main host!'" Endzo said.
Well, that's a wrap, I guess. Character data from XIV was last saved on Oct. 31, and will be transferred into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is scheduled to enter beta sometime this winter.