Square Enix’s eight-year-old MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV, has broken its player count record with 48,697 new and returning players as of July 6, 4:20 AM, according to SteamDB.
This milestone became even more interesting as Square Enix has not yet released anything new in the game.
Many speculations said that this could have a connection with Twitch big names recently playing MMORPGs while waiting for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ newest update.
One of those big names is Twitch partner Asmongold, who recently streamed Final Fantasy XIV to his viewers for the first time.
Final Fantasy XIV released as a commercial and critical failure but regained the graces of MMORPG players with its constant patches and new content added every two years or so, with its most recent release being the Shadowbringers expansion pack in 2019.
The player count is expected to still increase as its fourth expansion pack called Endwalker will arrive in November this year.
Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC.
(Images from the Final Fantasy XIV official website)