Starting from next month, automatic estate demolition in Final Fantasy XIV will continue. The process was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Square Enix says it'll be demolishing estates that haven't been used for more than 30 days from December.
How does Final Fantasy XIV automatic demolition work?
Player-run housing in Final Fantasy XIV is customarily demolished if its owner - or the free company leader if it's a free company estate - hasn't entered said housing in 30 days. Back in March, Square Enix suspended this process due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an announcement on the official Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone website, however, Square Enix said it believes that "this new lifestyle and economic situation" - that is, living alongside COVID-19 - "will continue for the long-term". Thus, the developer has decided to reinstate automatic demolition.
Here's how it'll work. If you've entered your estate at least once since March, the auto-demolition timer will reset itself, which means that the 30-day count will begin again with the release of Patch 5.4. If you haven't entered your estate - or if your free company leader hasn't entered the estate - since the suspension period started, then the auto-demolition timer will reset with the time that was left as of March 26th. If you had 15 days remaining on March 26th, you'll still have 15 days remaining, but if you've entered your property during the suspension period, you'll have 30 days from December.
How will I know if my house is up for demolition?
Don't worry; Final Fantasy XIV will inform you if your house is due to be demolished. In the Timers window's Estate tab, you'll see a message labeled "Schedule Estate Demolition". Hovering over this message will show you how long it will be until your house is demolished. If you enter your property before that time is up, the timer will reset and you won't need to worry about the demolition anymore. The window will only display the number of days, though, and not an exact time to the minute, so don't hesitate if you want to save your real estate.
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