We wanted to provide an update on the status of some of our social features in the game. We know many of you are excited to play and are gathering your friends to "party up" while doing so. Unfortunately, in wake of the huge surge in players, we're experiencing strains on our network that are overloading the friend's list and partying up with your friends to play. These social features are functional, but become unstable during peak hours.
We have currently put measures in place that prevent the Friends List and Parties from adding additional stress to our network during the game’s peak hours. Our intent with this decision is to allow players to play the game instead of allowing these features to stall the entire network and make it unplayable for everyone. Furthermore, we will be issuing a build that will remove Annihilation for a brief period of time to continue to stabilize the network. The game mode will return as soon as we have more network stability.
We are currently dedicating many of our resources to increase the overall performance of the network and make sure that the ability to “Party Up” with your friends is working properly. We understand how important it is to be able to play with your friends and we want to make sure you all can enjoy the game together! Rest assured we are working around the clock to make all of our features functional, regardless of the population size.