Final Fantasy XIV Housing Lottery Issues to Be Resolved on Monday

Whether it’s for its community benefits through free societies or for role-playing purposes, housing in Final Fantasy XIV is serious business. With only so many plots available on each game server that exceeds demand, the Square Enix dev team implemented a lottery system to make things fairer and limit the gray market for playgrounds present in some of the worlds most popular. The first lottery started when Patch 6.1 was released a few weeks ago, and it didn’t go so well. As noted in previous articles, many free businesses and players have encountered errors with the lottery of their desired plots – some running seamlessly and others having no successful participants.

Those who were in tight lotteries for who would claim prime real estate on the peak servers have just days left, with Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki “YoshiP” Yoshida confirming that an update will be rolled out on Monday, May 16, 2022 to rectify the issue AND allow winners to claim their property. The second round of lotteries will begin on May 26, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT), with first-round winners having until 7:59 a.m. (PDT) to claim their land before it is claimed by the game.

YoshiP has outlined a number of details which you can read in full by clicking HERE or scrolling down.


Meet Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of FINAL FANTASY XIV.

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve ongoing issues with the Housing Lottery system introduced in Patch 6.1.

These issues have been extensive and persistent, and I truly apologize for the time it took to resolve them. However, I am happy to report that we have completed preparations to implement our fixes and restore lottery data.

  • Reproduce the problem
  • Correction of identified errors
  • Checking for patches
  • Restoring lottery data

We have completed the steps above to identify and fix reported issues and are now ready to perform maintenance on public servers.

Maintenance to restore data

As I mentioned in our previous update, we will be performing maintenance to restore lottery results data to Monday May 16. This maintenance will correct the identified errors and correctly transmit the lottery results for the affected parcels to the appropriate servers. As a result:

  • Winning lottery numbers will be displayed correctly and land purchases can be finalized accordingly.
  • The temporary suspensions imposed on plot purchases and moves will be lifted.

If you have a winning lottery number, be sure to finalize your land purchase by Thursday, May 26 at 7:59 a.m. (PDT). The next lottery cycle will begin promptly on Thursday, May 26 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT), in which case you will lose the ability to claim any land you won in that lottery. We’ll announce this deadline again as it gets closer, so don’t forget to claim your land.

Next lottery cycle

Once we confirm that the data restore was successful and everything is working as expected, the housing lottery will resume.

  • The next lottery round will begin Thursday, May 26 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT).
  • It will have a typical entry period of 5 days and a results period of 4 days.

As this is very important, let me repeat: you must finalize all land purchases for this current lottery before the start of the next lottery cycle.

For winning entrants who have already received a gil refund due to the “Winning Lottery Number of 0” error

After the lottery data is restored, some participants may discover that they have in fact won the lottery, although they have already received a refund due to the lottery number error. Even if your deposit was refunded due to this system error, your ability to complete the purchase of an earned plot will not be affected.
 
In patch 6.2, we plan to implement an NPC through which you can voluntarily return the deposit that was accidentally refunded to you.
As these housing lottery issues have been significant and have caused a great deal of stress and frustration for many players, we do not intend to perform a data restore to forcibly undo any refunded gil. We will make an announcement regarding the voluntary return of housing deposits once the NPC in question is ready to be implemented.

In closing, I would like to thank you all once again for your patience and understanding over the past month, and to offer my sincere apologies for any inconvenience and inconvenience these issues have caused. We will do everything in our power to safely restore your data, fix any remaining issues, and bring you all a fair and working housing lottery system. Thank you for your continued support.


The question is… how many people will voluntarily potentially surrender tens of millions of gil?

Final Fantasy XIV is a monthly subscription online game with a free trial covering its base game and its first expansion pack (Heavensward). The game can be purchased and played on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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