Final Fantasy 14 was hit by a new DDoS attack this week

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn was hit by a series of DDoS attacks yesterday which rendered the game unplayable in the United States. The good news is that the attacks are over (at least for now) and players have only been incapacitated for a total of five minutes.

On the official Final Fantasy XIV website, Square Enix flagged the attack as an example of “technical network difficulties” and said it began at 4:58 p.m. PT. “We are investigating the attack and taking countermeasures,” Square Enix said in a brief update. This isn’t the first time Square Enix has reported DDoS issues for Final Fantasy XIV, with stories dating back to 2017.

Distributed denial of service attacks have hit popular games in the past, with bad actors launching a concentrated disruption of target servers by flooding them with artificial internet traffic. Apex Legends has had to deal with this problem constantly, with developer Respawn Entertainment recently announcing that it has taken “enormous steps” to deal with the continuing wave of DDoS cheaters in the game’s community.

In other Final Fantasy XIV news, a less malicious blockade was formed by players who blocked other members from visiting the controversial Balmung server which housed poorly received advertisements. On a more positive note, the game’s August patch will add shrine islands that will allow players to engage in crafting activities.

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