Looking back at the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Steven Messner for PC Gamer:

But as the servers stabilized and more people got into the resurrected world of Eorzea for the first time, an eerie silence settled over Square Enix's social media channels. "It became very quiet," Yoshida says. "It made me wonder if the servers went down because I wasn't hearing anything—no one was contacting me, so we were like, 'what's going on?'"

Nothing was going on—the community was just fully absorbed in A Realm Reborn.

This is a great read if you're a fan of game development or want to know more about Final Fantasy XIV's relaunch. It's still hard to believe that, seven years later, they were able to salvage not only the game but the reputation of both Square Enix and Final Fantasy. And in only 2.5 years? Madness.