Producer & Director Naoki Yoshida described a major server expansion of the European data centers in the announcement, Regarding the Expansion of FFXIV's Operations. This expansion is planned to be carried out in two phases, the first of which will be covered in this post.
Implementation of the first phase is scheduled to take place during maintenance for Patch 6.18 on Tuesday, July 5. Four Worlds will be added in total, with two Worlds being added to each data center as listed below.
New Worlds in the Chaos Data Center
New Worlds in the Light Data Center
* Maintenance for Patch 6.18 is expected to last 24 hours due to the Japanese/European data center expansions and the implementation of the Data Center Travel system.
New World Bonuses
You may earn a variety of bonuses by creating a new character on a newly established World, or by transferring an existing character to a newly established World.
Please note that access to the Home World Transfer Service will be suspended temporarily prior to maintenance for Patch 6.18. We will restore access after verifying that the Japanese/European data center expansions and the Data Center Travel system are stable. For the latest updates regarding the availability of Home World transfers, please visit the Lodestone.
Character Creation Bonuses on New Worlds
Bonuses awarded to new characters on first login
- Double EXP bonus (until level 80 is reached)
- Gift of 10 silver chocobo feathers, exchangeable for low-mid level gear to improve the leveling experience
Bonuses for characters created on New Worlds that attain level 30 in any class
- Gift of 1,000,000 gil (*1)
- Gift of 15 days of free play time (*2)
*1 Limited to once per service account.
*2 Limited to once per service account when creating a new character on either a New or Preferred World.
Bonuses for Transferring to a New World
- Home World Transfer Service is free of charge (*3)
- Double EXP bonus (until level 80 is reached) (valid for 90 days following transfer)
- Gift of 10 gold chocobo feathers, exchangeable for special rewards such as rare mounts
- Owners of private estates/apartments are entitled to a certain amount of compensation in gil (*4)
*3 Transfers from a New World to a different New World are not eligible for this bonus.
*4 For private estates, DO NOT relinquish the land but remove all furnishings and your estate hall and then apply for a Home World Transfer.
For apartments, DO NOT vacate the apartment but remove all your furnishings and then apply for a Home World Transfer.
Please note that if you have relinquished the deed to your plot or the rights to your property, you will not be eligible to receive gil compensation.
Read on for details regarding World Population Balancing Incentives.
New Worlds will maintain their designation until the active player populations of the Worlds in question have grown to a specified number. Please note that once a World has been removed from the "New World" category, the bonuses listed above will no longer be applied. In the case of newly created characters, these bonuses will continue for 90 days (including the day of creation) regardless of any change in World status.
Regarding the Purchase of Housing
The purchase of housing will be unavailable on the newly established Worlds at the launch of Patch 6.18. Before we can resume the sale of plots, we must first verify that the Japanese/European data center expansions and the Data Center Travel system are stable, then re-enable the Home World Transfer service. For the latest updates regarding the availability of housing on the new Worlds, please visit the Lodestone.
All land purchases on the newly established Worlds will be carried out under the housing lottery system.
The various residential areas on these Worlds will be inaccessible until the purchase of housing has been made available. Please use the World Visit system to complete the following side quests on another World while the housing area restriction is in place.
- Where the Heart Is (Mist)
- Where the Heart Is (The Goblet)
- Where the Heart Is (Lavender Beds)
- I Dream of Shirogane
- Ascending to Empyreum