If you pre-ordered the brand new Shadowbringers expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, it’s time to get that download started in preparation for the early access launch. Here are the preload and unlock times for FFXIV Shadowbringers.
Preload and Unlock Times for Shadowbringers
PC and Steam
At the time of writing, you should already be able to start downloading the new patch through your game launcher.
On PC, start the FFXIV launcher as per normal and you should be informed that the launcher has an update, and you’ll be able to start downloading the patch. If you can’t run the launcher for whatever reason, try running it as Administrator to fix the issue.
If you get an error code while trying to download the patch, it’s very likely an overload issue with too many users trying to connect to the servers at the same time, so you’ll have to wait a while before attempting the FFXIV Shadowbringers download again.
Lastly, if you do manage to start the launcher and get the update going but only see a download size of 2.9GB, you’ll likely need to quit out of the launcher once the download is done, and run it again as Square Enix seems to be releasing the patch in parts, at least on PC.
Preload on PS4
If you’re on PS4, you should also be able to run the launcher as per normal and get your download going.
Unlike on PC, however, PS4 users should be able to download the full update, which weighs in at around 8GB. On your PS4 dashboard, select the game icon, hit the Options button and choose the Check for Update option to download the latest patch.
FFXIV Shadowbringers Unlock Times
The servers are currently down for maintenance in preparation for the expansion, but are set to go live at 5 a.m. Eastern Time. So, log in during that time and you should be able to get into the game.
That’s all you need to know about the preload and unlock times for FFXIV Shadowbringers. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and information on the game.