FFXIV New Housing Lottery System Suspended Until Issues Are Solved, Yoshi-P Provides New Details
Looks like move-in day will have to be pushed back.
UPDATE: Yoshi-P has posted a 3rd update to the situation giving a few more details about specific errors and some of the causes the team has isolated. You can view those details here.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The housing market has always been a difficult one, however the market in FFXIV is next level. The newly introduced Housing Lottery System added in Patch 6.1 was supposed to make things easier. Well, it would seem that isn't the case. While some sales went well enough, others encountered bugged results--like an error message of 'There were no participants in this lottery’ when there indeed were.
In an announcement via the Lodestone, Naoki Yoshida, the producer and director of FFXIV, not to be mistaken with the asteroid, apologized for the inconvenience and went on to say: “Firstly, we understand that this is a major issue, and are prioritizing our investigation into the matter, ” said Yoshida. “We are working to identify the issue in the corresponding program; however, as the process is very complex and there are many patterns involved for the lottery conditions, it will require some time to pinpoint the problem.”
This statement only caused further confusion resulting in yet another announcement via the Lodestone where Yoshida apologizes once more, this time for his vague wording which came about from his own "haste to publish a follow-up announcement." Yoshida goes on to explain that because the process is very complex, it will take some time to pinpoint the exact program. It was also decided that the result announcement period would be extended and will no longer end on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:59 am PDT. The next lottery cycle will also not happen until the investigation is finished and the situation solved.
While some plots that underwent the lottery process worked well and displayed the results as intended, there are other plots that experienced a range of different issues. Some cases displayed a winning number as "0," while other properties with just a single entry, as previously mentioned, are being read as no entrant or winner.
As of now, the Housing Lottery System has not been fixed and is still undergoing investigation. This new lottery system was heavily anticipated and Naoki Yoshida restated that they will do their utmost best to identify and address the cause as soon as possible. If you would like to read the follow-up announcement that provides a complex explanation regarding the Housing Lottery System as well as the multiple display errors, you can find that via the Lodestone.
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