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Naoki Yoshida Apologizes to Players for Recent Housing Snafu & RMT Transaction Discovery

Posted by Suzie Ford on Oct 12, 2017  | Comments

Naoki Yoshida Apologizes to Players for Recent Housing Snafu & RMT Transaction Discovery - Final Fantasy XIV - MMORPG.com

Final Fantasy XIV Game Director Naoki Yoshida has taken to the game's forums to apologize to players for the recent snafu with the patch 4.1 housing area of Shirogane. He states that he and his team have have "received a great deal of feedback regarding this newest addition to housing".

Hello, everyone. This is FFXIV Producer and Director, Naoki Yoshida.

Patch 4.1 saw the introduction of the residential area, Shirogane, and though we are pleased to see so many players enjoying this area, we also received a great deal of feedback regarding this newest addition to housing.

While a great number of you were interested in either purchasing or relocating to a plot in Shirogane, we failed to prepare sufficient plots for players, and for that I deeply apologize.

This problem was only made worse by the increased stress on the servers from players rushing to log in after the end of maintenance. As a result, the system implemented to prevent players from abusing the relocation feature failed to function properly, preventing some players from relocating altogether.

Although this issue will be addressed in today’s hotfix, we understand this does not address the underlying issue. In light of the feedback we have received, we will be working to bolster our servers in preparation for additional wards in the Lavender Beds, the Goblet, Mist, and Shirogane by patch 4.2.

We’ve also received considerable feedback as to how they should be added, and we will be making an announcement outlining the number of new wards and how they will be sold after reviewing said feedback. To prevent speculation, we will refrain from releasing information until absolutely necessary. We ask for your patience and understanding until we can provide you with these details.

I hope we can count on your continued support, and that you all will continue to enjoy the various new content added in patch 4.1.

There are already twenty-four pages of additional feedback on the forums. You may want to head to the Final Fantasy XIV forum to see what's being said.

In a related side note, a forum thread on the FFXIV site also indicates that at least one player is selling a housing plot for real world cash.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom