Square Enix investigates ‘big issue’ with Final Fantasy XIV’s new housing lottery system


An issue related to the recently added lottery system governing the purchase of residential lots is causing frustration for Final Fantasy XIV players.

Final Fantasy XIV’s latest update included the opening of the Empyrean dwelling stations in Ishgard, and with it a new lottery system aimed at making land purchases relatively fair.

Still, something seems to have gone wrong as players started reporting lotteries simply returning the winner’s name as “0” and not fully matching a number of tickets.

Square Enix has responded by publishing two separate posts on the official Lodestone website, the second of which is signed directly by producer and director Naoki Yoshida.

The gist is that the developers consider this an “important issue” and are currently prioritizing investigation.

Unfortunately, since the code in question is complex, it will take some time to pinpoint the exact problem.

Yoshida-san apologized for the inconvenience and asked the players for patience.

As a result, the deadline for announcing the lottery results (which was due to end on April 20) will be extended. Additionally, the next lottery cycle will not begin until the issue is identified and resolved.

This has caused some frustration among gamers, especially considering the enclosure system has been identified by many as a source of friction due to its limited nature that excludes much of this content.

Final Fantasy XIV is currently available for PlayStation 4, PS5 and PC. The Endwalker expansion was released a few months ago and you can read our recent review.

Also read more about the longer-term planned changes, including a refresh of the graphics. Square Enix investigates ‘big issue’ with Final Fantasy XIV’s new housing lottery system

James Brien

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