Square Enix is granting a stay of execution for all Final Fantasy XIV homes currently up for demolition. Thanks to the coronavirus and various cities going into lockdown, as of yesterday, your Final Fantasy XIV property or plot of land won't be destroyed if it was up for auto-demolition no matter what the circumstances might be. This will last for an indeterminate period of time and will apply across all of the game's servers.
The demolition clock stopped yesterday at 3:10 GMT. This means that from that point onwards, the demolition timer won't tick, so if you don't visit a piece of land or property within 45 days it won't be demolished as it normally would. Square Enix says that when normal service does resume, the demolition timer will resume from the point at which it stopped. If you had 13 days left until demolition when the timer started, then when it resumes you'll still have 13 days left, and so on.
Normally, if you or your Free Company (that's Final Fantasy XIV's guild system) have a piece of property or land that hadn't been visited for 45 days, it'll be automatically demolished. You'll receive notices at 30, 35, and 42 days to inform you that demolition is occurring at 45 days. If you want to save your property, then all you need to do is visit it and the demolition timer will be canceled. You may still need to do this if your property is currently being prepared for auto-demolition. Square Enix says it will "monitor the situation" in the coming days and weeks and will inform its players when auto-demolition is due to resume.
Final Fantasy XIV is available to buy right now on PC and PlayStation 4. The game's latest expansion, Shadowbringers, was released in July last year and brought with it new classes, new areas, and changes to the combat system.
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