A month after Square Enix shut down the ability for players to buy houses in its MMO game, producer Yoshi-P has finally confirmed the Final Fantasy XIV house lottery’s return date for later this month, and maintenance and testing began on Monday.
Starting with patch 6.1 with the Endwalker expansion, the Final Fantasy XIV team introduced a housing system for the residential district of Empyreum. This is governed by a lottery system where players are randomly chosen for a plot of land, which worked fine, until it failed, choosing the winning number of zero despite no player being able to select it.
In a new update, producer Naoki Yoshida confirms that the team has finally “completed preparations to implement our fixes and restore lottery data.” The team will perform maintenance to restore correct lottery results this Monday, May 16, and all “temporary holds” on parcel purchases and relocations will be lifted. Winners will have until the next lottery cycle to claim their land, and even if their ticket was refunded, they will still be able to finalize the purchase, although Yoshida asks players to voluntarily return their refunded deposit.
Once Square Enix confirms that all fixes have been successful, the housing lottery will resume properly on May 26 at 8am PDT / 11am EDT / 4pm BST. In closing, Yoshida extends his “deepest apologies for the trouble and inconvenience these issues have caused” and the team “will do everything in our power to safely restore your data, fix any remaining issues, and provide everyone with a fair and functional housing lottery. system”.
Elsewhere in Final Fantasy news, Yoshida confirms that Final Fantasy XVI is in its “final stages” of development and its next trailer is apparently ready, so expect to see it soon.