Another Final Fantasy 14 Player Housing Nightmare

Several small plots were still available on Goblin around noon, but they are tiny and sad.

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

In order to acquire one of the new housing plots, players had to be fast. Grabbing one involves making their way as quickly as possibly to the area their preferred plot is located in and staking a claim before anyone else.

One helpful tip circulating for players hoping to score a home this morning involves setting their character to busy, so other players can't attempt to interrupt the purchase by opening a trade window. It's a cutthroat game that's over in a flash.

The login queues did not help. The launch of a new update is a busy time for any popular MMO, and the 4.1 "The Legend Returns" update is pretty huge.

According to reports gathered in game and in the Final Fantasy XIV forums, many players who had prepared for today's land rush found them stuck in login queues, their hopes of a new home ticking away with each passing minute.

The new Shirogane district features its own hot springs, suitable for bathing and fishing.

Final Fantasy XIV's housing system is notoriously bad. Where other games allow players to carve out a private space for themselves or their guild as they see fit, Square Enix's MMO keeps available housing limited.

Up until today's patch there were three housing areas in each server. Each housing area features 12 wards, with 60 plots of varying sizes in each.

That's 2,160 spots for players and free companies (guilds). Taking into account players who like to horde housing or free companies attempting to buy up plots en masse, that's not a lot of space.

Adding 720 more plots per server doesn't help much, especially when they're fresh and new and oh-so-pretty. The forums and Reddit are filled with nightmare stories about today's chaotic land grab.

It's the worst part of an otherwise excellent patch. It's souring the entire experience. Players are talking about cancelling their accounts. My free company leader mentioned hearing someone suggest the Shirogane area's name be changed to "Shiogane" ("shio" is Japanese for salt.)

All housing areas now feature swimming, so that's something.

It's a rough system, to be sure. It's been rough for years. When housing was introduced in Final Fantasy XIV back in 2011, I was excited at the idea of owning my own little home and decorating it with all sorts 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.

To be honest, my character can't even afford an apartment.

Seriously though, please fix this, Square Enix. I am fine with anything. Build us a Final Fantasy-flavoured slum and I will live under a box, as long as I don't have to fight for it.


Comments

    Why dont they do what they did in Aion and have a free apartment?

    Last edited 12/10/17 8:28 am

    The thing is that this is something that you can avoid and enjoy the game 100%. I personally think player housing in MMO's is a bit cumbersome and time consuming, when that time can be spent grinding and finding new gear to grind and find better gear.

    Preparation payed off for me. Had used remote desktop to patch before i got home from work and had all graphics turned down for fastest loading. Tonberry took longer than i expected to fill up but people without a SSD had no real chance, ps4 players even less. The relocation vacancies were gone just as fast. A friend of mine however needs a new mouse after his PC crashed on the purchase window leaving him over 2000 in queue. Shirogane savage was intense :p

    Why is this limited?

    Its all virtual, What point is there in making it limited. Make player housing instanced and bam, Infinite player housing. All Square achieves with their system is support Gold seller types.

      thats what the apartments are, instanced player housing. but that gets conveniently ignored. The one change it REALLY needs, is to limit it to 1 per account perhaps

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