FINAL FANTASY XIV Returning to Normal

A post to The Lodestone discusses a return to normalcy for FINAL FANTASY XIV after last month's launch of the Endwalker expansion caused enough congestion that new sales of the game were suspended, as were server transfers and other services. Those who are fascinated by details of data center expansions will be thrilled by the detailed reports from around the globe. For those hoping to play, sales of the game will resume on January 25th. Here's a bit of the conclusion, which blames the semiconductor crunch for delays in expanding the game's back end:
Once again, I wish to apologize for the delays to server expansion caused by the global semiconductor shortage. The necessity for communities to separate due to the regrouping of Worlds is another inconvenience that may prove unavoidable for some players, and we ask for your understanding as we work to alleviate this issue.

Despite these hardships, however, we believe this server expansion is a significant step forward in providing players the best gaming experience possible in FFXIV. Work on bolstering the servers will continue well into 2023, expending a vast amount of financial resources and manpower, but we will do our utmost to ensure this endeavor has no negative impact on your ability to play, so we would appreciate your support while you continue on your adventures.