The online world of Final Fantasy XIV expands far beyond questing with a change coming to its virtual living situation. The longer a person plays FFXIV, the more important housing becomes and this update makes it more accessible to the average player. For a long time, much of the available housing was reserved for guilds but this update will be cutting that down.
The Final Fantasy XIV Housing Update
It was in 2014 that the full release of Final Fantasy XIV joined the community of MMORPGs. Since then, the game has continued to expand with new content, events, and updates. However, the game had issues with its sim-like concept of housing with independent players struggling to get their hands on virtual property. To address this, a new patch has been added that will revise ward classification to improve the availability of said housing. Not only will it reduce the amount of housing reserved for guilds, but it will also more frequently add newly freed up properties to the public pool where anyone can bid on them. Still, it should be noted that the new classifications will not affect any housing purchased previously.
While this may seem like a small change to the housing system, it is the latest in a long line of related updates. The most notable was the decision to add in Free Company Housing in Patch 2.1 in 2013. This allows players to buy houses for themselves or with friends and decorate them in their style. To expand on housing options, this patch was followed by 2.3 and 2.38 which added Personal Rooms in Free Housing and Personal Housing respectively. Even so, it wasn't the variety of the housing that was a problem, it was simply a lack of available property.
Although the newest Final Fantasy XIV Housing Update may improve independent players chances to get property, it could remain highly competitive. Whether the devs will greatly increase the amount of housing available in the future has not been revealed.