Final Fantasy XIV’s housing lottery system has big problems, Naoki Yoshida answers

With the eagerly awaited opening of the new residential area Empyreum in Final Fantasy XIV’s latest update, 6.1, Newfound adventure came the announcement that in future all apartments would be determined by a housing lottery. The lottery would start in Empyreum and for the entire data center of Oceania. Over the weekend there were a few reports of bugs and confusing messages after the registration deadline showing there were no entrants and another showing the winning number 0. Naoki Yoshida responded after the team began investigating.

For those who placed their bids, some checking saw these error messages: “There were no participants in this lottery” and “The winning number is…0. May you have better luck next time”. Of course, with this opening of the housing lottery, there were many people applying for the lottery and an error in the “winning number”.

Following that initial announcement that there were problems, Yoshida explained what was going on and what the team will be doing to help the situation. They’re still investigating what actually happened and working to identify the issues, but since there are so many rules and requirements that need to work in order for the housing lotteries to run properly, he acknowledged it will take time to clarify everything, and apologize for the awkward start for such a much-anticipated launch:

“In any event, we recognize that this is a particularly egregious issue, even throughout our history of service, as this is one of the major additions to the chassis and lottery system launch that our players have been looking forward to.” We will take the actions we will take to ensure the issue does not recur, but for now we will do our utmost to identify and fix the cause as soon as possible.”

Some of these examples include the participation of persons who do not own property and persons entering for the purpose of relocation, free enterprise registrations and other eligibility and rules conditions. This must then be combined with the manner in which each lot was bid, which includes lots being bid on by multiple members of the same Free Company.

As a result, they are extending the deadline for announcing the results, which was originally supposed to be April 20th. Final Fantasy XIV’s housing lottery system has big problems, Naoki Yoshida answers

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