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When Patch 6.1 dropped, Square Enix introduced a new housing system for the Empyreum residential district. Previously, Final Fantasy XIV was notorious for how purchasing plots of land worked. Aspiring homeowners would need to brave invisible housing timers that could range anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours before they could buy the plot of their dreams. To put it into perspective, players needed to camp outside a plot's placard for hours on end, continuously clicking on the placard on and off until the cooldown ended. This led to worrying health concerns -- chief among them was carpal tunnel syndrome.
Square Enix strove to change that with their new system that dropped in Patch 6.1, which was primarily based on "lottery wards." This meant that everyone had a fair chance of winning their desired plot through a lottery system governed by what is essentially a random number generator. All seemed well up until the results and winners were announced -- a bug was discovered in the system where the winning number zero was chosen despite no players being able to select it, leaving numerous plots empty without ownership.
After the scheduled maintenance, Square Enix have announced the housing lottery bug fixed! You can find the original post here.
Resuming Housing Lottery System, and Instructions on Seeing Correct Housing Lottery Results (May 20)(Source)
We have fixed the bug on the housing lottery system and reflected the lottery data to the housing server on Monday, May 16, 2022.
Therefore, the next housing lottery will resume on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. (PDT).
When the next lottery resumes, you will lose the right to purchase any land you have not purchased. If you have been selected and have not yet purchased your land, please do so before the next lottery sale begins.
Details on housing lottery issue, can be found below:
A new official music video for Final Fantasy XIV has been released!
Since its drop earlier today, the music video is now #43 trending on YouTube. Please be aware that there are ENDWALKER SPOILERS present. Proceed at your own discretion!
With so many emotional moments in the expansion revisited, it makes me hopeful that eventually a "Close in the Distance" music video would also be released. Would you also want the ending artwork as your desktop wallpaper?
Colin Ryan is an English actor most well-known for his role as Alphinaud in Final Fantasy XIV. He has lent his voice since the series' Heavensward expansion, and there are no roles more memorable or iconic than Alphinaud throughout the course of the MMORPG's career.
It has come to light that Colin's brother passed away yesterday, as revealed from the actor's tweet. Our deepest condolences go out to Colin Ryan for his indescribable loss.
Placeholder for tweet 1525913075882283008 A fundraiser was started in hopes of getting his brother some help. While it ended in vain, please consider showing support to his family if possible.
After looking into ongoing issues with the new housing lottery system introduced in the current patch, the FFXIV dev team is preparing to restore previously lost data and resume the housing lottery cycle.
You can find the complete notice regarding the update below.
Housing Lottery System Issue (May 13): Follow-up 6 (Source)
This is Naoki Yoshida, Producer and Director of FINAL FANTASY XIV.
I thank you for your continued patience as we work to resolve the ongoing issues with the housing lottery system introduced in patch 6.1.
These issues have been extensive and persistent, and I truly 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 restore lottery data.
Reproducing the Issue Fixing Identified Errors Verifying Fixes Restoring Lottery Data We have completed the above steps to identify and correct the reported issues and are now ready to conduct maintenance on the public servers.
Maintenance to Restore Data
As I mentioned in our previous update, we will be conducting maintenance to restore lottery results data on Monday, May 16. This maintenance will fix identified errors and properly relay lottery results for affected plots to the appropriate servers. As a result:
Winning lottery numbers will be displayed correctly, and land purchases may be finalized accordingly. Temporary suspensions imposed on plot purchases and relocations will be lifted. If you have a winning lottery number, please be sure to finalize your land purchase by 23:59 JST (7:59 AM PDT) on Thursday, May 26. The next lottery cycle will begin promptly at 00:00 JST on Friday, May 27 (8:00 AM PDT on Thursday, May 26), at which point you will lose the ability to claim land you won during this lottery. We will announce this deadline again as it grows closer, so please do not forget to claim your land.
Next Lottery Cycle
Once we have confirmed that data restoration was successful and everything is operating as intended, the housing lottery will resume.
The next lottery cycle will begin at 00:00 JST on Friday, May 27 (8:00 AM PDT on Thursday, May 26). It will have a typical 5-day entry period and 4-day results period. As this is very important, allow me to reiterate: you must finalize all land purchases for this current lottery before the next lottery cycle begins.
For winning participants who already received a gil refund due to the “Winning Lottery Number of 0” error
Once lottery data has been restored, some participants may discover that they had, in fact, won the lottery, despite already receiving a refund due to the lottery number error. Even if your deposit was refunded due to this system error, your ability to finalize the purchase of a won plot will remain unaffected.
In patch 6.2 we plan to implement an NPC by which you may voluntarily return the deposit you were accidentally refunded.
As these housing lottery issues have been significant and caused great stress and frustration in many players, we have no intention of performing a data rollback to forcibly rescind any refunded gil. We will make an announcement regarding the voluntary return of housing deposits once the NPC in question is ready to be implemented.
In closing, I would like to thank you all once again for your patience and understanding this past month, and extend my deepest apologies for the trouble and inconvenience these issues have caused. We will do everything in our power to safely restore your data, fix any remaining issues, and bring you all a fair and functional housing lottery system. Thank you for your continued support.
The previous Weapon Design contest included all jobs except for those added in Endwalker, and now Reaper and Sage have a chance to shine!
Part 2 of this year's Weapon Design contest was announced this morning, giving the artists in our community an opportunity to participate and compete once more. If you missed it, you can read about the winners and some of the finalists right here!
Now, those who didn't manage to earn any of the rewards have a chance to enter yet again. This time, Square Enix is asking the community to design a few extra weapons for Reaper and Sage. The scythe-wielding Reapers should come with some interesting designs for the polearm, but I'm more interested to see the creativity that people come up with for the Sage's nouliths!
Will you be entering and giving it another shot? Let us know so we can root you on! Good luck, artists!
Announcing the Weapon Design Contest, Reaper & Sage Edition! (Source)
We are back with another Weapon Design Contest, and this time we are looking for designs specifically for the reaper and sage jobs!
We have prepared design templates for each job, so be sure to use them when submitting your entries. Like the previous contest, there will be different categories for each job, and the winning entry in each category will be implemented in-game for players to obtain in the future.
Once again, we look forward to seeing your dream designs for the weapons you would like to take on your adventures!
WEAPON DESIGN CONTEST (REAPER & SAGE) (THE “PROMOTION”) OFFICIAL RULES
A. Official Rules: The Official Rules for this Promotion consist of both (i) these key rules summarizing the important rules for participating in the Promotion (the “Key Rules”) and (ii) the Additional Promotion Official Rules (“Additional Rules”) applicable to your place of legal residence. Please review the Additional Rules at the following URL:
For legal residents of any Promotion Jurisdiction (defined below) located in North America, Central America, South America, or the Caribbean: https://square-enix-games.com/en_US/documents/promotion-additional-rules. For legal residents of any Promotion Jurisdiction located in Europe, Africa, Asia, or Oceania: https://square-enix-games.com/en_GB/documents/promotion-additional-rules. B. Territories: This Promotion is open only to individuals who are legal residents and physically and permanently located in one of the following countries/territories at the date and time of entry (the “Promotion Jurisdiction”):
The fifty (50) states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Canada. Åland Islands, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Botswana, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam (Nr. Sri Lanka), Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Comoros, Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories (South Indian Ocean), Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle Of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic Of Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives (Sri Lanka), Malta, Mauritania (West Africa), Mauritius, Mayotte, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia (Australasia), New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion (S. Africa), Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Helena, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, United Republic Of Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Yemen, Zambia. RESIDENTS OF JURISDICTIONS OUTSIDE THE PROMOTION JURISDICTION MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE PROMOTION UNDER RULES APPLICABLE TO THAT JURISDICTION, IF SQUARE ENIX HAS POSTED SUCH RULES.
C. Age Limit: This Promotion is open only to individuals 13 years of age or older at the date and time of entry.
D. Entry Period: You may enter the Promotion only between May 12, 2022 at 1:00 a.m. (PDT) / 8:00 (GMT) / 9:00 (BST) and June 12, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 14:59 (GMT) / 15:59 (BST) (the “Entry Period”).
E. Entry Procedure and Limitations: In order to enter the Promotion, you must complete the following steps during the Entry Period:
Create a digital image of a weapon you would like to see implemented in the game for the reaper and sage jobs (each an “Image”) that comply with the following requirements (collectively the “Entry”):
You must use the design template provided below. Design templates are available for each job listed below. Entries not using the provided design templates will not be eligible. Using the design template provided, you may use any digital painting software or print and hand-draw to create your design. Hand-drawn creations must be photographed/scanned. Image size must be 1920 x 1080 pixels or larger. Image format must be in .jpg or .png format. Image must be 3MB or under. You must include any additional information and/or explanations within the entry Image.
* The development team will assign in-game parameters and stats. There are two (2) categories in total, one (1) category for each job:
*Please note which category your entry applies to. You must submit your Image using the upload feature on the website. Links to third-party image hosting websites will not be accepted. Please refrain from sharing your artworks publicly until the winners are announced, in order to protect your Entry. * All Entries must be the original creative work of the entrant submitting the Entry. You may not submit works created by another person.
* You may submit multiple Entries. However, each Entry must be unique and submitted separately.
For sage, there are three (3) templates. Below are images of the sage weapons in game that have been implemented based on the respective templates. Please use this as a reference when choosing a template. Type A
Regarding sage's weapon, "nouliths"
Nouliths consists of four units. Designs for all four units must be identical or conform to a unified design. Designs cannot differ drastically between the four units. Click and download the design template for the job of the weapon you would like to enter for.
Sage – Type-A | Type-B | Type-C
Submit your Entry via the submission form.
How to Use the Entry Submission Form
1. After visiting the submission form, log in with your Square Enix Account.
2. Enter the required information.
After you log in, the entry submission form will be displayed. Fill out all the required information below:
Category Selection Character Name Home World Name The URL to your Character Profile on Lodestone (Ex. https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/character/000000/) Nickname Entry Title * Your nickname, and Entry title will be publicly posted alongside your Entry should it be selected.
* Other than instances when you are using your real name for your nickname, please do not include personal information (such as your name or address) in your submission.
3. Upload your Image.
Submit your Image via the image upload feature.
* Attach only one (1) Image per Entry. If multiple Images are attached your Entry will not eligible.
You can either drag and drop your Image into the area indicated by ①, or you can choose the “Select files to upload.” button to browse and select an Image file on your computer. You’ll be able to confirm the Images you’ve selected in the area indicated by ②.
Once you’ve filled out the required information and finished uploading your Images, select “Proceed to Confirmation” to advance.
4. Confirm the details of your submission.
On this screen, you can confirm the information you’ve entered. Make sure there are no errors in the submitted information and select “Submit Entry” to proceed if there are no errors. If you would like to edit your submitted information, select Edit Entry.
Once you finish submitting your Entry, the following screen will be displayed.
You can log back in to see if your Entry has been submitted or if you would like to submit a new Entry to change your existing Entry.
F. Winner Selection: The Sponsor (listed below), or Sponsor’s designee, shall select seventy-two (72) finalists from among all entries using the following methodology:
The FINAL FANTASY XIV Development and Operation teams will select the initial list of finalists based on creativity, distinctiveness, originality, and overall execution according to the criteria listed above. For each of the two (2) categories, the team will select one (1) grand prize winner from each category. From all categories combined, the team will select twenty (20) finalists prize winners based on the same criteria. From all categories combined, the team will select fifty (50) runners-up prize winners based on the same criteria. Sponsor shall select the winners on or around December 31, 2022 (PDT) at 999 N. Pacific Coast Highway Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245, USA (unless pandemic conditions require the selection to take place at alternative locations).
Two (2) grand-prize winners, one (1) from each of the two (2) categories, will have their Entry implemented into FINAL FANTASY XIV, and will receive one (1) Great Paraserpent in-game item.
Twenty (20) entrants who have been qualified as finalists will each receive the following item:
One (1) Great Paraserpent in-game item. Fifty (50) entrants who have been qualified as runners-up will each receive the following items:
One (1) in-game item package that consists of (1) Bluebird Earring, one (1) Scarf of Wondrous Wit, one (1) Mandragora Choker, one (1) Ahriman Choker, one (1) Noble Barding, one (1) Gaelicap, and one (1) Modern Aesthetics - Strife. Each prize is a virtual, in-game item with no monetary value. Prizes cannot be sold or transferred.
Sponsor reserves the right to re-distribute any unclaimed prize.
The development team may alter the grand-prize-winning designs before implementation. Sponsor may choose to implement other Entries, in addition to the grand-prize winning Entries, into FINAL FANTASY XIV. If your Entry is selected to be implemented in-game, we may request additional designs. H. Winner Notification: Sponsor, or Sponsor’s designee, will notify winner(s) on or about January 31, 2023 via the Lodestone website, email and/or in-game via the moogle delivery service to the character specified in the Entry submission.
You will not be able to receive the prize if your moogle letter box is full, or the number of attached items has reached their maximum. Please delete old letters, or accept any attached items, to ensure you can receive the rewards smoothly.
I. Sponsor: The sponsor of this Promotion is Square Enix, Inc.
By entering the Promotion, you agree to be bound and abide by these Key Rules and the Additional Rules applicable to your place of legal residence, and you represent that you satisfy all eligibility requirements to enter the Promotion.
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS PROMOTION. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU MUST HAVE LEGALLY ACQUIRED ACCESS TO FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood OR Shadowbringers OR Endwalker PRIOR TO THE LAUNCH OF THE PROMOTION.
KEY RULES POSTED ON MAY 12, 2022.