Square Enix seems to be trying to make buying a house in Final Fantasy 14 fairer when the new expansion is released later this year.
With Ishgard getting his own residential area shortly after the release of Endwalker, players have already prepared for an inevitable disappointment. Housing has long been a tactical issue in the Final Fantasy 14 community, especially because land is an absolute nightmare to buy. Even if you manage to capture it in some way, you should log in periodically to stay in control.
Essentially, you pay Square Enix rent for your virtual home (even though they did temporarily stop this requirement during the pandemic). While there are essentially an unlimited number of apartments available, which are also cheaper and do not require regular connections, housing plots are still highly desirable.
When plots of land are taken away from their previous owners, they cannot be bought immediately. Instead, they are hit with a random, arbitrary cooling timer. It lasts from 30 minutes to 24 hours and is also invisible, so you have no idea when it will open. This means that players will often camp outside the plot poster for hours and hours, clicking and turning it off continuously to see if the reuse time is over. It has also resulted in an increase in the use of macros and robots to do all the hard work, making it even harder to find a home.
There are numerous horror stories on reddit about the periods when players have traversed virtual terrain, and it all sounds a little too much like hard work. Game director Naoki Yoshida is trying to change that even though it concerns housing. to a live broadcast earlier this month, translated with the help of Meoni on YouTube. Yoshida revealed that there will be two types of residential halls in Ishgard, the "first come, first served" and "lottery" rooms. The former will presumably work in the same way that houses have always done, but lottery halls seem to try to make it fairer for everyone.
There are some requirements in lottery halls, Yoshida said. Free trial users cannot participate, as they cannot buy homes or apartments anyway. You will also need to pay for the land you are trying to take, which will probably be reimbursed if you do not end up winning. Yoshida said they will have more to share in the future, but for now, it seems pretty clear how they will work.
Of course, it doesn’t solve the game’s biggest problem with housing: the demand for them is still incredibly offset by Square Enix’s ability to have additional neighborhoods and plots. But while it may not be a solution, it’s true that hell will beat you sitting in front of a plot and clicking on a poster for 12 hours straight.
Endwalker opens on November 23, with Ishgard and the new lottery halls coming to Patch 6.1 a little later.
Correction: The article originally stated that Ishgard lands at the same time as the new Endwalker expansion, when it is not added until Patch 6.1. The article has been updated to reflect this.