Naoki Yoshida of FFXIV focuses on the housing lottery system, details upcoming solutions

For almost 4 weeks there have been problems with the FFXIV The housing lottery of 6.1 updates is underway. In April, Producer and Director of Final Fantasy 14, Naoki Yoshida resolved concerns related to several serious bugs that prevented players from successfully winning their bids, and in some cases, plots showing there were no applicants at all. In the latest post, Yoshida has outlined the steps they will be taking to resolve the housing issue.

If you’ve been waiting for a solution to the FFXIV housing lottery problem, you don’t have to wait long. According to Naoki Yoshida, the team will recover housing data on May 16egiving players just over a week to finalize their purchase.

Some players may be happy to find that they actually won their bids, even if they returned their Gil due to the “Winning Lottery Number of 0” error. Fortunately, even if your deposit is refunded, you still have the option to claim your land. For those who did get their deposit back, they allow players to voluntarily repay the deposit through an NPC in patch 6.2. It is important to understand that if you have not claimed the land you have won by May 26,e at 8AM PDT you will lose the opportunity to claim it and have to participate in the next lottery cycle.

These issues have been extensive and persistent, and I sincerely apologize for the time it has taken to resolve them. However, I am pleased to report that we have completed preparations to implement our fixes and recover lottery data.

  • Reproducing the problem
  • Fix identified errors
  • Verify fixes
  • Recover lottery data

We have completed the steps above to identify and correct the reported issues and are now ready to perform maintenance on the public servers.

-Naoki Yoshida, Director and Producer, FFXIV

Yoshida insists the team has worked hard to put things right regarding this stressful matter. They don’t want to make the problem worse by doing any kind of rollback to get the initial deposits that some people have refunded. Instead, the team simply wants to provide players with the functional housing system they’ve promised, and will work diligently to fix any issues that might prevent that. The next home raffle is scheduled for May 26 at 8 a.m. PDT, with a 5-day entry period followed by a 4-day results period.

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