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Another Final Fantasy XIV Player Housing Nightmare

Another Final Fantasy XIV Player Housing Nightmare

Posted time: Nov 06,2017


The update 4.1 to Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood introduced new player housing in the scenic, Far Eastern-themed district of Shirogane. The Servers went online at 6 am and put 720 new housing plots on the market. The choicest locations were gone before many players could even clear the login queue. 

In order to get one of the new housing plots, players must be fast. Grabbing one involves making their way as soon as possible to the area their preferred plot islocated in and staking a claim before anyone else. A useful tip circulating for players hoping to score a home this morning involves setting their character to busy, so other players can not attempt to interrupt the purchase by opening a trading window. This is a cutthroat game that’s over in a flash.

The login queues did not help. For any popular MMO, the launch of a new update is a busy period, and the 4.1 “The Legend Returns” update is very large. According to the reports gathered in game and in the Final Fantasy XIV forums, many players who were ready for today's land rush found them stuck in login queues, their hopes of a new home ticking away with each passing minute.

The housing system of Final Fantasy XIV is notoriously bad. Where other games allow players to carve out a private space for themselves or their guilds as they see fit, Square Enix's MMOs will keep available housing limited. Untill today's patch, there are three housing areas in each server. Each housing area has 12 wards, with 60 plots of different size in each. For players and free companies (guilds), that is 2,160 spots. This is not a lot of space when taking into account players who like to horde  housing or free companies attempting to buy up plots en masse.

Adding 720 more plots per server does not help much, especially when they are fresh and new and oh-so-pretty. The forums and Reddit are full of nightmare stories about today’s chaotic land grab. This is the worst part of a very good patch. This is the entire experience. Players are talking about canceling their accounts. My free company leader mentioned that someone the Shirogane area’s name be changed to “Shiogane” (“shio” is Japanese for salt.)

To be sure, it is a rough system. And it has been very rough for years. When housing was introduced in Final Fantasy XIV back in 2011, I was excited about the idea of owning my own little house and decorating it with a variety of virtual FF items. Then I saw the exorbitant prices for player homes and the relatively slim chance of actually getting one, and I gave up. I am a bold adventurer. I have conquered gods, demons and kings and averted world-ending catastrophe on several occasions. My home is wherever my sword or fishing rod takes me.

Seriously say, please fix this, Square Enix. I'm fine with anything. Build us a Final Fantasy-flavored slum and i will live under a box, as long as I do not have to fight for it.


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