Earlier today on the official forums, Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida commented on the current housing situation in Final Fantasy XIV.
Earlier this week, patch 4.1 went live, introducing the far eastern housing district of Shirogane. On many servers, these new plots were gone within minutes- leading many players to quickly voice their thoughts about the system.
According to Yoshida-san, in addition to the server stress causing the relocation feature to not function properly, he also admits that the bigger, underlying issue, is that they have provided enough additional wards. As a result of this, new wards for each housing area will be added by patch 4.1 with more details coming at a later date.
You can read the full quote from Yoshida-san below.
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.