Square's PlayOnline Overcome by Traffic

Overwhelming response to the online strategy guide for Final Fantasy IX causes server overload.

PlayOnline, Square EA's Web site for strategy guides, was overcome by traffic yesterday as users attempted to view its Final Fantasy IX online strategy guide. The guide contains a complete walk-through, character information, equipment data, a bestiary, an ability list, and hidden features.

The PlayOnline site has been reaching its maximum capacity on a consistent basis since its launch, resulting in slow access times, slow performance, or an inability to connect altogether. Square EA stated in a press release that it is working around the clock to get the site up and running. A print strategy guide produced by Brady Games also includes keywords that can be used at PlayOnline to retrieve more in-depth information and to access secret areas of the site.

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