FFXIV player housing will be getting a serious expansion with the addition of more plots in the near future due to increased demand on this in-game service.
If you're not quite familiar with Final Fantasy XIV, one of the things the game offers is the ability for players to get their very own home. Unfortunately, two factors have come together to make the game's housing market nearly as brutal as San Francisco's.
Firstly, the developers made the decision to suspend evictions and demolitions, essentially pausing the 45-day countdown timer that would
"Taking into account the world-wide spread of the COVID-19 (also known as 'novel coronavirus') and the financial consequences of various cities going into lock-down, we have decided to temporarily suspend automatic housing demolition," Square Enix said in the announcement.
That generous offer was further complicated by the recent expansion of the game's free trial. While the newest announcement about FFXIV player housing notes that Square Enix is "extremely grateful" that more people are playing, that doesn't change the fact that there is now a problem: no houses are getting demolished and more players want a home of their own.
When Will the New FFXIV Player Housing Arrive?
If you're one of the people who haven't quite been able to get a new home, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that the developers are working on expanding the game's capacity. The bad news, however, is that players might have to wait a while.
"To all of our players, especially those who have newly begun their adventures in FFXIV, I apologize for the present lack of housing," the announcement from the developers read. "To support the addition of housing plots, all data centers will require additional servers."
"We are making preparations to account for the cost of these additional servers, but due to restrictions on shipments from Japan to other countries due to COVID-19, as well as the potential necessity of quarantine upon entry and re-entry to different countries, work to ready the servers is slow-going."
If the devs can swing it, there should be more FFXIV player housing made available by the time Patch 5.4 releases. No date has been announced for the next patch just yet, so you may be in for a bit of a wait. If you'd like to try to grab your own FFXIV player housing (and save the world too, I guess?), you can buy Final Fantasy XIV on Steam starting at $19.99 or your regional equivalent.
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