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Final Fantasy XIV Housing Is Now Open To Private Players

Final Fantasy XIV Housing Is Now Open To Private Players

Posted time: Feb 27,2018

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Last summer, two players on Final Fantasy XIV's Mateus server became headlines for the ownership of almost all available land and housing throughout the ward. In a long letter, one of the two participants defended themselves by explaining that they spent a lot of energy in buying all the houses across their alt characters and shell free companies in a low-population, low-demand server. Their actions stirred the fierce debate in the Final Fantasy XIV community.

Square Enix has responded to the dearth of desirable player housing by extensively implementing adjustments to population as well as housing, both on Mateus and on other servers. These adjustments include marking some servers as "Preferred," with a "Road to 60" EXP buff to newly-created characters, the addition of new wards, and temporarily restriction of plot purchases.

“With the release of FFXIV: Stormblood , we took measures intended to address the population disparity across Worlds. With Patch 4.2, we then placed a temporary moratorium on all plot sales to individuals. The moratorium placed on private plot sales in conjunction with the addition of new plots has, as we anticipated, allowed a great many free companies to purchase plots and reduce the overall disparity between them,”  the game producer and director Naoki Yoshida explained in a recent news post .

In patch 4.2, only free companies rank 6 or higher with at least four members can buy housing. Square Enix had paused the auto-demolition of housing for a whilein the wake of natural disasters in the United States, and the Caribbean, resumed as well. The team added wards 13 to 18, including subdivisions, across all four housing areas for a grand total of tons of new plots.

Since the free companies have had weeks to get access to housing, the housing is once again open to private players, but there is a critical caveat: “Each service account may only possess one free company estate hall and one private estate per World. Once this limit has been reached, it is not possible to purchase further plots of land in the same World on that service account, including separate characters on the same World.”

Players such as the two from Mateus who caused such a ruckus are grandfathered in. "Players who have players that exceed this limit prior to patch 4.2 are not affected by this change," the official housing guide said. You can check out the full and complete guide to housing here for all caveats and niche cases explained.

A lot of excellent plots are still available, as the post on the Final Fantasy XIV subreddit clearly states. 

How do you think about the current housing situation of Final Fantasy XIV? Were you able to buy a house? Do you think that once you have saved the ffxiv gil, a good plot will still be available, or will you have to wait until more wards are added to your server? Please feel free to tell us in the comments section below.

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